We are excited to announce a brand new scholarship enabling one writer to join our first ever Writing An Original TV Drama Serial course beginning in March – provided by HW Fisher, the accountancy firm who have generously been offering scholarships with us for almost four years.
One talented writer of limited financial means will receive a fully paid place on the new course, led by screenwriter Colin Teevan (former Professor of Screenwriting and Playwriting at Birkbeck), with tutorials given by script editor Clare Alan and including five masterclasses with leading TV professionals – including Manda Levin (Senior Commissioning Editor for Development at BBC Drama), award-winning screenwriter Tony Saint, and Peaky Blinder’s producer Joe Donaldson.
The course, which runs in Central London from March 9th to July 13th, will help 15 students to develop an idea for an original TV drama serial, writing a pilot episode and a plan for the rest of a six-part series. The course will be highly practical – giving a real-world education about what the industry is looking for, and offering students the chance to pitch their work to the Curtis Brown TV agents.
Curtis Brown Creative is keen to promote diversity in our student groups and to make this course accessible to those who might otherwise not be able to participate. You don’t need a degree or any experience of the TV industry to apply for this scholarship: If you a have good idea, the desire to write television drama and to learn – and if you’re without the financial means to attend a Curtis Brown Creative course – this scholarship opportunity is for you.
HW Fisher have been sponsoring fully paid places on Curtis Brown Creative’s novel writing courses since 2016. Two of our previous HW Fisher scholars have gone on to get major books deals for their novels, and we’ve also had some further success stories through other scholarship opportunities we’ve run in recent years. Now we are excited to discover fresh new screen-writing talent through our TV-drama course.
The scholarship is open to people over the age of 18, either:
- unmarried and not co-habiting with a partner, with an annual (gross, pre-tax) income of less than £25,000 and personal savings of less than £5,000.
- married or co-habiting with a partner, with a total annual (gross pre-tax) household income of less than £35,000 and personal savings (jointly or individually) of less than £5,000.
Curtis Brown Creative offers places on our courses on the basis of proven writing ability. We ask applicants to send us the opening of your pilot script as well as a synopsis, and to fill out our application form. Please note that those with the financial means to attend our courses should not apply to the scholarship.
The HW Fisher TV Drama Scholarship will be awarded to the applicant whose submission material shows the greatest potential and promise in our view. The decision will be made by the Curtis Brown Creative team.
Terms and conditions
- Applicants to the HW Fisher TV Drama Scholarship must fulfil our eligibility criteria. Our form asks you to make a statement about your financial circumstances and the reason you deserve the scholarship.
- With respect to the earnings thresholds set out in our eligibility section: for salaried applicants, your current salary at date of application must be under the threshold. For self-employed applicants, your gross pre-tax profits (average figure for the last two financial years) must be under the threshold. State benefits such as jobseeker’s allowance should be counted as income.
- Applicants may be asked to provide proof of their financial circumstances in support of their scholarship applications.
- Because the scholarship is open only to those who do not have the means to attend the applicable course without financial assistance, applicants should bear in mind that their application will be considered only for the scholarship place on the relevant course and not for other fee-paying places on the course.
Ready to Apply
Please apply by filling in our form and sending us the following materials from the original television serial idea you want to work on for this course. We’d like to see: the opening of your pilot script (up to fifteen pages – maximum 2,200 words), which must be in industry standard format – plus 300 words synopsising the rest of your pilot episode, plus 300 words synopsising the rest of your serial. All of these materials need to be in the same document, as you can only upload ONE FILE in the application below – and the uploaded file must be a PDF. The deadline for applications is midnight, end of day Sunday 23 February, and we will respond to applicants by Thursday 27 February.