Calling All Budding Scriptwriters

Posted Tuesday 04 Nov 2014

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"Shortland Street" is looking to increase its writing team, specifically dialogue writers.

They are setting up a 13-week mentorship programme, in Auckland, where new writers can learn

the craft of writing for a serial drama and hopefully achieve sufficient success to earn a regular

place on our roster. There will be some remuneration for the 13 weeks.


The programme:

Introduction to the writing and production process

Observing the storylining process

-Shadow writing part/full episodes

-Writing trial episodes which will ultimately go to screen

All along the way, the new writers will be guided and supported by one of their top writers.


Who can apply?

Anyone who can demonstrate a commitment to writing, especially television drama. Your initial

application will need to be accompanied by a CV and a sample of your writing. While this

need not be a dramatic piece, they will be looking for some measure of skill and assurance.


What is the selection process?

From the initial applications, they'll come up with a long list. These people will be asked to write

five scenes of "Shortland Street" from the storyline of a past episode.

If your scenes show some promise, you will be given feedback and asked to re-work the

scenes where necessary.

If you're able to improve on the scenes, you will go on the short list.

All applicants on the short list will be interviewed.

There will be up to four spaces on the programme.



Applications close on 10th November 2014 @ 10am

Long list announced 14th November 2014

Short list announced 8th December 2014

Interviews 16th / 17th December 2014

Successful applicants will be announced by 19th December 2014

The programme is tentatively scheduled to start mid-February 2015.