BBC Writersroom: Top Screenwriting Tips and Elliott Kerrigan Q&A

BBC Writersroom: Top Screenwriting Tips and Elliott Kerrigan Q&A

Posted on behalf of BBC Academy

Ever wondered how to get noticed by the BBC? Whether you’re a new or experienced writer, this exclusive session with the BBC Writersoom team and award-winning writer Elliott Kerrigan is one not to miss.

BBC Writersroom is a cross-genre department for scripted content, working with and developing new and experienced writers. The team are always on the lookout for fresh, new, talented writers with original voices and great stories to tell.

Join Usman Mullan, assistant producer for BBC Writersroom North, who will share invaluable tips and answer your burning questions about scriptwriting for drama, comedy, children’s, radio and online.

Usman will also be joined by Elliott Kerrigan, creator and writer of the groundbreaking BBC Two sitcom Boy Meets Girl, which was the first sitcom to feature a trans actor in a lead role.

This award-winning TV show came about via a Writersroom initiative called the Trans Comedy Award, which Elliott entered. He will share his journey and the development and writing process for his original comedy series.

The event will start promptly at 5pm. To avoid a last-minute queue we suggest you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event. Registration will be open in the foyer of the National Glass Centre from 4.30pm. 

This ticket admits you to the BBC Writersroom event only. There will also be events from BBC Academy, Sunderland University and RTS North East at the National Glass Centre on the same day and these events need to be booked separately. On the day you will need to visit our check-in desk and register for each event you have booked a ticket for. Find out more about other Digital Cities North East sessions here:

This event is part of Digital Cities North East 2018, an exciting series of free workshops, masterclasses and socials for the creative industries. From the latest in digital journalism, gaming and motion capture to getting started in TV production or hands-on with tech, this is your chance to get free, bespoke training as well as meet other members of the North East’s diverse creative community. For more details of all the events, please visit


  • Seating is unreserved, and you will be seated on a first come, first served basis.

  • Sessions will start promptly at the billed time - if you arrive late it may not be possible to admit you.

  • Sessions may be subject to change. We'll do our best to let you know in advance if we need to make any changes.

  • This event is suitable for persons aged 18+ only. However there are alternative events during Digital Cities North East suitable for people under 18 - please visit the the main event page for details. 

  • Please bring a digital copy or a printed version of your ticket with you.

  • Please bring photo ID with you.

  • Refreshments are not included, but the cafe in the National Glass Centre will be open until 17:00.

  • Sessions are likely to be photographed and filmed and used subsequently by BBC Academy and partners for publicity and social media content for both current and future Digital Cities events. If you have concerns, please contact the organisers on

  • If you wish to make a large group booking, have any access requirements or any further queries please contact us direct on

  • For full details of all the sessions at Digital Cities North East 2018, please go to


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BBC Academy will not use your data to enter into any other types of communication with you, and we will not share it with third parties.

We will remove the data that we have collected about you from our systems after we have finished collecting feedback about this event.

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15 Oct 2018 at 5:00pm
until 15 Oct 2018 at 6:30pm
National Glass Centre
Liberty Way

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