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BBC Drama Writers Academy enters 6th year

9th April 2010

The BBC has opened the doors of its Drama Writers Academy for the sixth year.

Established to nurture the next generation of drama-writing talent, the initiative is the only course which guarantees its entrants the chance to work on a prime time television series.

John Yorke, BBC controller of drama production, set up the academy in 2005 and claimed it provides writers with the 'space, time and tools' needed to perfect their craft.

'The success of academy graduates such as Mark Catley, Daisy Coulam and Justin Young proves what an incredible and unique opportunity this is,' he added.

Some of the best writers in the entertainment business, include rom-com maestro Richard Curtis, Occupation's Peter Bowker and The Street's Jimmy McGovern, will be hosting masterclasses as part of the course.

Students will gain direct writing experience on continuing dramas such as Doctors, in addition to learning about issues such as casting and scheduling.

Commenting on the success of the academy last year, Mr Yorke admitted that writing cannot be taught, but formal training can allow some to 'access their voice'.

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