Writing for the screen takes many forms, from writing for traditional media such as TV and film, to writing for emerging digital platforms. New Writing North has partnered many producers and broadcasters to produce development programmes for writers and through these programmes many writers have gone on to write successfully for film and TV. New Writing North development alumni include Peter Straughan, who most recently scripted The Men Who Stare at Goats starring George Clooney, and Fiona Evans, who writes regularly for TV shows such as EastEnders. We have close working relationships with the BBC writersroom and with Northern Film & Media in particular, and work with them to produce opportunities for writers to develop their work across the year.
We co-produce The Story Engine, which for the past three years has taken the form of an annual event for writers. This event explores opportunities and possibilities for writers across a range of media and takes in screenwriting for TV and film alongside gaming and other web-based writing platforms. The event has hosted conversations and workshops with leading writers and producers including the Oscar-winning Simon Beaufoy. The Story Engine is overseen by writer and filmmaker Ian Fenton.
Throughout the year we advertise new opportunities for writers in this area on the front page of our website and through our free fortnightly e-bulletin, News from New Writing North.