Leading actors celebrate success of industry-renowned screenwriting programme

17 March 2017

Leading actors celebrate success of industry-renowned screenwriting programme

Star of River City and GCU Cultural Fellow Juliet Cadzow will attend the event.

Stars of the stage and silver screen will attend a special event to celebrate the success of one of the UK’s leading screenwriting courses.

Acclaimed actors including Gary Lewis, David Hayman, Juliet Cadzow, Mark Cox and Jane McCarry will join alumni, students and friends of Glasgow Caledonian University’s MA TV Fiction Writing Programme at BBC Scotland on Tuesday, March 21.

Donalda MacKinnon, Director of BBC Scotland, will speak at the event and GCU MA TV Fiction Writing graduate Gemma Copping, a story assistant on Holby City, will share her experiences of the course and working in the television industry.

Gemma said: “Although it may be ironic to be so cliché with my words, this course is the reason I’ve got to where I am today. I owe my current and future success to the incredible tutors and to the University.”

Prizes for Best Student and Best Script will also be presented on the night.

Now in its eighth year, the MA TV Fiction Writing programme is the only dedicated full-time postgraduate course of its kind in the UK. Developed in association with Shed Media, it gives aspiring drama writers the skills to embark upon a successful career in television fiction writing. Graduates have worked for some of the country’s biggest shows including EastEnders, Casualty, Hollyoaks and Doctors.

The programme has also attracted scholarship funding of more than £600,000 from supporters including Warner Bros., BBC Scotland, Eileen Gallagher and Ann McManus, MG Alba and ScreenHI. It was awarded the Creative Skillset Tick in April 2013, demonstrating that the course prepares students for a career in the creative industry.

GCU Lecturer, novelist and playwright Dr Chris Dolan, who has written for High Road, Machair, River City and Taggart, said: “We have writers from their 20s to their 60s who have successfully been commissioned for a number of shows. The programme continues to thrive and grow year on year and these events give our students an excellent opportunity to network with key industry leaders.”

The event takes place at BBC Scotland, Pacific Quay, at 6pm, Tuesday, March 21. Register here.