Hot on the heels of our August meeting, our autumn action starts at 8pm next Tuesday, 4 September, in the Clore Learning Studio at Bristol Old Vic.

Sign in at the Stage Door entrance off Queen Charlotte Street, BS1 4HJ, and go straight to the meeting on the second floor — please ask BOV staff if you need directions to the meeting. Everyone attending pays £2.

Tuesday, 4 September at 8pm: Open Workshop

In a packed programme tonight we’re featuring short scripts by Menna Abdelqader, Matt Sanders and Brian Weaving.

Matt concludes his short film trilogy, Holding Hands, tracing the changing experience of a gay man in Britain over 75 years; Menna’s Colourblind is also a short film script, and Brian’s The Meeting is a five-minute duologue about a man and woman who meet in a park.

October slots on offer

If you’ve been working on anything over the summer that could do with a runout in October (we’ve still to confirm the meeting date), do get in touch using our ‘Book a workshop slot’ form. We’re keen to hear your pitches, treatments, early drafts or any inceptive scriptwriting project with which we can help!


Sorting Scratch Nights scripts for October

Southwest Scriptwriters Scratch Nights

Many thanks to everyone who submitted work for our debut Scratch Nights event on Wednesday, 24 October.

Southwest Scriptwriters’ management committee is busy sorting your scripts for our initial evening of rehearsed readings aboard the newly-minted Lightship Theatre, the John Sebastian, moored in Bathurst Basin, BS1 6SV.

We’ve got the pick of a good clutch of scripts, and plan to include work by as many writers as possible. This newsletter is hitting the pixels earlier than expected because of the prompt scheduling of our September meeting, and so we’re unable to announce the line-up in this edition as expected. We’ll be in touch with the selected writers next week to let them know they’ve made the cut, and will post word of the first Scratch Nights selection here as soon as possible.

Scratch Nights I starts at 7.30pm on 24 October. Admission is £6/£5.

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Blacklight Television seeks fresh talent for 4Stories

Blacklight Television Channel 4 4stories initiative

Blacklight Television is partnering Channel 4 in 4Stories, a search for the writing and directing talent of the future.

The project will find six writers to work with experienced producers at Blacklight Television to develop original half hour ideas for inclusion in a 4Stories anthology series. Three of the six writers will go on to work with Blacklight Television on developing an original series, serial or single.

‘The scheme is aimed at finding genuinely diverse voices, exploring contemporary stories of and by communities that are rarely seen on mainstream television. We encourage applications from talent currently under-represented in TV Drama — including women, disabled talent, BAME talent, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.’

4Stories is open to writers with no original broadcast UK TV credits, although those who have contributed to soaps or other existing series or serials are eligible provided these credits do not amount to more than two hours of broadcast time. You need to submit an original full script for TV, radio, film or stage when applying. The closing date for applications is Monday, 10 September.

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