Writing Schemes Open For Applications - May 2023

15th May 2023

Written by:

Jade Jones, Development Executive

Rollem are thrilled to be partnering with Women In Film & Television UK (WFTV) and New Writing North (NWN) on two writers schemes which are currently open to applicants.

The WFTV Kay Mellor Screenwriters’ Lab 2023 aims to spotlight and support emerging female writing talent in the film and TV industries. Rollem's founder Kay Mellor was a lifelong champion of women working both in front of and behind the camera and the annual WFTV Kay Mellor Screenwriters’ Lab will honour Kay’s contribution to the industry and continue her legacy in screenwriting.

The 5-day writers’ lab will be a fully-funded opportunity for 13 screenwriters in October. The writers will be hosted at the Arvon Foundation’s Lumb Bank house located in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

The programme will consist of craft writing masterclasses, tutor-led workshops and independent writing time. In addition, across the week there will be evening sessions with special guests from the industry including Happy Valley creator and writer, Sally Wainwright OBE.

Building on Kay’s incredible legacy is extremely important to us and we cannot wait to read the applications and work alongside the new screenwriters ”

Yvonne Francas-Mellor (Managing Director) & Gaynor Mellor (Creative Director)

The NWN Channel 4 Writing for television awards offer new TV writers based in the North of England a unique and career-changing opportunity.

We're thrilled to have been working with NWN since 2022 and are currently working with Natalie Beech who was the recipient of the 2022 award.

The winner selected to work with Rollem will receive: a 9-month placement with us to develop an original script; mentoring from an industry professional, and; a £3000 bursary.

2023 New Writing Schemes

WFTV Kay Mellor Script Lab - The 2023 Script Lab took place in October.

NWN C4 Writing for Television Awards - Harriet Ghost has won the 2023 award.

The Kay Mellor Fellowship - Kirsty Taylor joins us for the 2024 placement.

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