Writers' Unit Goes North with Scheme to Nurture Talent; BROADCASTING: Newcomers Can Join Script Teams on Television Favourites

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Writers' Unit Goes North with Scheme to Nurture Talent; BROADCASTING: Newcomers Can Join Script Teams on Television Favourites


A NEW scheme to nurture the TV and radio writing talent of the future has been launched in North Wales.

The BBC Wales Writers' Unit has been created to provide a full-time service to new and experienced writers.

The idea stems from the success of BBC Wales's writers' labs which spawned such writers as Catherine Tregenna, who wrote much of The Bench, into its second series on BBC One Wales and Catrin Clarke, who along with Tregenna wrote Belonging, which starts shooting its fourth series later this year.

With its own director and script editors, the Writers' Unit will be running activities including a script-reading service, workshops, masterclasses, a writers' lab and shadow writing schemes. There are still places for the first workshops in North Wales, to be held today at Plas Menai.

The morning workshop, Taking The Lid off The Soap Box, will be led by Peter Cox, who lives in Rhayader and has written for Brookside for 16 years.

Cox will look at the writers' place in serial drama, tracking an idea from storyline conference to broadcast and the extraordinary influence soaps can have on society.

The Welsh-language workshop, Sgwennu ar Gyfer Sebon (Writing For Soap), will be led by members of the production teams for BBC Wales's longest-running soap Pobol Y Cwm and the daily drama on BBC Radio Cymru, Eileen, to offer advice and information about how to write popular, long-running drama.

Gilly Adams, director of the Writers' Unit, said with the prolific output of BBC Wales in drama, writers were constantly in demand.

The Bench and Belonging have beencommissioned for their third and fourth series respectively, both with an increased run of episodes. …

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