UGC Writers Campus
by Series Mania
A creative hub for emerging writing talents in Europe
UGC Writers Campus by Series Mania is a week-long TV series writing workshop, conducted in English open to 20 screenwriters. The 2019 edition will be held in Lille in northern France from March 20-27, 2019 under the supervision of Lorraine Sullivan, in collaboration with Paris College of Art.
Throughout the week, participants will have the opportunity to meet and be mentored by experienced professionals and writers, to attend dedicated workshops, masterclasses and one-to-one sessions on their projects with their mentors. In a final showcase at Series Mania Forum, the Campus’s work will be presented to industry professionals and projects will be pitched at the round table pitching sessions.
An intensive and high-quality training
UGC Writers Campus offers participants from Europe and the rest of the world a concrete understanding of the dramaturgic and narrative strategies used in successful TV series. Participants will have general lectures in the morning and work on their projects and have pitching training in the afternoon.
Lectures discussing market reach, engaging specific audiences and understanding the needs of the industry will be an essential part of the training.
Over the course of one week, UGC Writers Campus will function as an incubator, where writers will be immersed in an environment dedicated to their work with incredible access to tutors, mentors and industry decision-makers.
UGC Writers Campus will take place in two parts:
- From March 20-24: workshops and sessions at La Plaine Images
- From March 25-27: industry meetings, conferences and round table pitches at Lille Grand Palais during Series Mania Forum
Participants are also welcome to attend all scheduled festival events, which include a range of special screenings and exclusive premieres of some of the latest hit shows.
Participants lodging, workshop participation and festival attendance are covered. Participants are only responsible for their own travel costs to and from Lille and meal expenses. As the program involves top players with busy agendas, the schedule is subject to change with last minute notification.
Important: The participants’ projects must be far enough in development to be pitched.
- At least one professional experience on a broadcast TV or digital series.
- Fluent in English, as the application and workshop are conducted in English.
- Fully available from March 20-27, 2019.
- A TV series project developed enough to be pitched. Digital series are welcomed.
- The project must be fiction. We won’t consider documentary or animation.
- The project’s original idea must not have a producer or broadcaster attached.
- Apply before January 9th, 2019, 11.59pm CET.
Selected candidates must be writers with professional experience and/or graduates from one of the partner schools.
A graduate from each partner school will be selected to attend the workshop. If you are a former student of the following institutions, please mention it in your application form:
- La Fémis (Paris – France)
- Le Conservatoire Européen d’Ecritures Audiovisuelles, formation de deux ans (Paris – France)
- Serial Eyes (DFFB, Berlin – Germany)
- London Film School (London – United Kingdom)
- Sam Spiegel Film School (Jerusalem – Israel)
- Midpoint (Prague – Czech Republic)
- Scuola Holden (Torino - Italy)
- INSAS (Brussels - Belgium)
Each candidate must provide the following elements at once (as it is not possible to save and return to your application):
- Complete online application form in English
- One-page concept describing the series project that you want to work on during UGC Writers Campus (project must not have a producer attached)
- Writing sample: an original TV drama screenplay previously written
- Personal statement: one page addressing why you believe you are an ideal candidate that describes your personal passions, unique local and/or global perspectives, why you would be a good fit for this program, and how your authentic voice will not only delight and entertain, but enlighten, engage and make a difference in the world. (Applications from female and diverse writers are strongly encouraged.)
- Resume/Short CV
- Two confidential professional reference letters from a broadcaster, a producer and/or a faculty member
- Application opens: November 20th, 2018
- Application deadline: January 9th, 2019, 23h59 (CET)
- Announcement of selected participants: February 5th, 2019
What they say about it
"The Writers Campus gave me a chance to link with the right people." - Agata Koschmieder (Poland)
"I had a great experience at the Writers Campus meeting likeminded colleagues and inspiring professionals." - Julie Budtz Sørensen (Denmark)
"I can’t wait to see the ideas we worked on become the next great drama series of tomorrow!" - Robert Goldsdbrough (UK)
"Getting tips and tricks from a masterful creator such as Sarah Treem was simply amazing." - Fanny Talmone (France)
"A great way to meet other writers." - Mia Ylönen (Finland)
"It is one of the best programs I ever attended!" - Pietro Seghetti (Italy)
The selected screenwriters
Discover the 20 selected screenwriters who participated in courses and workshops of the first edition of the Writers Campus from April 27 to May 1 at the Plaine Images and at Lille Grand Palais from May 2 to 4, 2018.
During their stay in Lille, participants were mainly supervised by two professional tutors: Martie Cook, producer and screenwriter for over 25 years, and Sarah Treem, showrunner and producer of the series "The Affair".
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