Aspiring writers to hear from practising screenwriters

05 October 2015

Aspiring writers to hear from practising screenwriters

Mark Stevenson with the 2014 cohort

Two success stories from the University's MA TV Fiction Writing programme will return to GCU on Monday, October 12 to deliver a story conference to aspiring writers.

Mark Stevenson, former Daily Express journalist turned professional screenwriter, and Ross Murray, graduate on the flagship writing programme and story producer on Eastenders, will lead the 2015 cohort of writers through the workshop.

Now writers on Eastenders, one of Britain's best-loved dramas, Mark and Ross will share their experiences of working in the TV industry following graduation. The students will be tasked with creating their own cliffhangers and captivating storylines while getting a behind-the-scenes insight into the world of television.

GCU Professor Ann Marie Di Mambro hopes their success will inspire this year's postgraduates. She said: "We are privileged to welcome back two graduates of the programme, both of whom write for one of the biggest shows on television. Their success is testament to their hard work and persistence and I hope their journeys inspire and inform."

Mark, who has worked on TV shows including Casualty, Eastenders, Holby City and Doctors has returned to GCU twice before to lead students through the processes and challenges of TV writing.

The flagship MA Television Fiction Writing course is the only dedicated postgraduate course of its type in the UK. It is an intensive one-year programme, which gives aspiring TV drama writers, from all backgrounds, the tools and industry contacts needed to embark upon a career in television fiction writing.

Find out more about the MA Television Fiction Writing programme