The Curtis Brown Creative writing school is launching a new course in writing an original TV drama serial.
Run in collaboration with Curtis Brown’ TV, film and theatre agents it promises expert teaching and masterclasses from TV directors, producers and showrunners at the firm’s central London offices.
The 18-week course, led by TV writer, playwright and former Birkbeck Professor Colin Teevan, starts in March.
Teevan will guide 15 students through the process of developing their concepts and outlines for a six-part drama serial and writing a 60-minute pilot episode. The course “will be rooted in the real-world of TV development” and culminates in one-to-one tuition from experienced script editor and producer Clare Alan, and a pitching session and networking drinks with the Curtis Brown agents.
Anna Davis, m.d. of Curtis Brown Creative, said: “This is an exciting development for Curtis Brown Creative at a time when the TV Drama serial is getting bigger and bigger as a vehicle for long-form story-telling. The course has been in gestation for a while, and is now coming vividly to life, drawing on the invaluable expertise of Colin Teevan, and of our brilliant TV-agent colleagues. I’m sure we’re going to find some great new writers.”
The course runs from 9th March to 13th July and applicants should send in some opening pages of a pilot script, plus a brief outline of the series. Fifteen places will be awarded on the basis of quality of concept and materials.
Joe Phillips, joint head of Curtis Brown’s theatre, film and television department, said: “We’re delighted to be joining forces with Curtis Brown Creative on this new venture. There’s never been a better time to be investing in screenwriting talent in the UK and global TV industries. This course offers an unrivalled opportunity for new writers to access Curtis Brown’s wealth of agenting expertise and high-end writing, directing and producing talent. We look forward to working with Anna and her team to find the next generation of UK screenwriting talent.”