Opportunities & Organisations

This page lists industry organisations, writer-based organisations, theatres that support new writing and writing festivals.

Industry organisations

Arts Council England

“Our plan identifies the key areas where our support makes a real difference.  Our support isn’t simply financial. Beyond funding we have a development role, which means we give expert advice and promote partnership. Through this we hope to develop a thriving arts ecology that offers everybody the chance to enjoy, participate and create.” – from the Arts Council England website

BAFTA

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) supports, promotes and develops the art forms of the moving image; film, television and video games, identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public.  As the leading charity in the UK, supporting the art forms of the moving image, BAFTA ensures that the very best creative work can be accessed and appreciated by the British public.

BBC Writersroom

“Responsive, proactive and an open door to writers, BBC writersoom is always looking at new ways to find and champion talent for all BBC platforms.  We know how hard it is to be a writer and we believe in finding ways to inspire and inform you, to keep you across changes, giving you access to commissioners and production departments but most importantly to the skills and and experience of established writers.  We are not here for the short term, we understand how long it can take for a writer to find that first and second commission, but if we think you have talent then we will do everything in our power to support and develop you for the long term.” – From the Writersroom website

BFI

“The BFI is the UK’s lead film organisation.  In its mission to achieve a creative and prosperous film culture and industry base, the BFI drives creative, economic, and cultural success through a linked portfolio of activities.” – from the BFI website

Royal Television Society

“As an educational charity, we encourage and celebrate work in television and its related fields, from finding out how the nation’s favourite shows are made in our Anatomy of a Hit series, to celebrating burgeoning talent at our annual Student Awards. Education is key to what the RTS does. Each year, we offer Television Production and Technology bursaries to help those from less affluent backgrounds get a foothold in the industry and Masterclass sessions bring together students, academics and industry heads.” – from RTS website

Women in Film & TV

“Women in Film & TV (UK) is the leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK, and part of an international network of over 10,000 women worldwide. We host a variety of events throughout the year, present a glamorous awards ceremony every December, and run a mentoring programme for women in the industry. We also host networking evenings, collaborate with industry bodies on research projects and lobby for women’s interests.” – from the WFTV website

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Writer-based organisations

Rocliffe New Writing

Rocliffe is an organisation that created a series of events, notably the New Writing Forums, now held at BAFTA and renamed the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum.

Society of Authors

One of the three major unions for writing professions in the UK, the others being the Writers’ Guild and the National Union of Journalists, The Society of Authors describes itself as having served “the interests of professional writers for more than a century. Today it has more than 9,000 Members and Associates writing in all areas of the profession (from novelists to doctors, textbook writers to ghost writers, broadcasters to academics, illustrators to translators)”.

Writers Guild of Great Britain

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain is the trade union representing writers in TV, radio, theatre, books, poetry, film, online and video games.  In TV, film, radio and theatre, the Guild is the recognised body for negotiating minimum terms and practice agreements for writers.  We campaign and lobby on behalf of all writers – by joining the Guild you can help make our voice even stronger.

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Writer-friendly theatres

These London-based theatres and theatrical companies are known for welcoming new writing, and offering support to upcoming writers.

Bush Theatre

“The Bush Theatre proudly discovers and develops playwrights and produces new plays from our home in Shepherd’s Bush.  We seek new plays which reflect the vibrancy of British culture now, with an originality of voice and a playful theatricality.  We are proud to be a champion of playwrights with a keen interest in those voices not often heard and who reflect the contemporary culture of our city, the UK and beyond.” – from the Bush Theatre website

Hampstead Theatre

“Our simple mission was to create original theatre without creative restriction. We quickly attracted a generation of talent that helped to redefine British Theatre. That not only entertained but propelled the art form forwards. From Harold Pinter testing out his early plays here to the likes of Mike Leigh, Michael Frayn, Brian Friel and Terry Johnson – to name just a few… We aim to move theatre forwards with new ideas, talent and energy to excite our audiences with the lateral, the fresh and the unexpected.” – from the Hampstead Theatre website

National Theatre

“Since its foundation in 1984, the NT Studio has played a vital role in developing work for the National Theatre. It is a resource for a wide range of artists working throughout British theatre, providing an environment in which writers, actors and practitioners of all kinds can explore, experiment and devise new work free from the pressure of public performance. The Studio building on The Cut is equipped with three workshop studios, five artists’ rooms, meeting rooms and the technical capacity to support cross art-form and multimedia work at the highest levels. In autumn 2015, the Studio became the home of the National Theatre’s New Work Department, bringing the Literary Department together with the Studio team to create a laboratory for theatrical experimentation of all kinds.” – from the National Theatre’s New Work Department website

Royal Court Theatre

“The Royal Court Theatre is the writers’ theatre. It is the leading force in world theatre for energetically cultivating writers ‐ undiscovered, new, and established.  Through the writers the Royal Court is at the forefront of creating restless, alert, provocative theatre about now, inspiring audiences and influencing future writers. Through the writers the Royal Court strive to constantly reinvent the theatre ecology, creating theatre for everyone.  We Invite and enable conversation and debate, allowing writers and their ideas to reach and resonate beyond the stage, and the public to share in the thinking.” – from the Royal Court Theatre‘s website

Soho Theatre

“We support and nurture writers to develop their work through a variety of ways. We act in whatever way serves the show-in-the-making. We have lots of awards, schemes and programmes to help find, focus and develop it, but the tail never wags the dog – the work leads.” – from the Soho Theatre‘s website

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Festivals and conferences

London Screenwriters Festival

The London Screenwriters’ Festival was set up with the motto, “educate, inspire, connect” by filmmaker and author of The Guerilla Filmmakers’ Guide Chris Jones and his trusty team of organisers: festival manager Judy Goldberg, principal admin Gemma Hurley, script editor Lucy V Hay and literary agent Julian Friedmann. First held at Regents’ College, London in October 2010, LSF 2012 will be the third festival and the three-day event will incorporate workshops, seminars, panel talks and Q&As on both craft and the industry itself.

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