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MA Dramatic Writing launches new Masterclass series with BBC Writersroom

Written by
Colin Buttimer
Published date
31 March 2014

MA Dramatic Writing BBC Writersroom Masterclass poster[4]

Drama Centre London and Central Saint Martin’s new MA Dramatic Writing yesterday (Wednesday March 26th) launched a new Masterclass series with BBC Writersroom, the BBC’s new writing department.

The first Masterclass was focused on writing for Medical Drama and was led by BBC Creative Director Kate Rowland, writers Mark Catley and Lucia Haynes, Holby City Series Producer Simon Harper, and BBC Development Producer for Continuing Drama Schemes Anne Edyvean.

Students on MA Dramatic Writing helped organize and run the first event and the Masterclass was filmed by students on MA Screen in a new collaboration between the two Drama Centre London and Central Saint Martins courses.

Course Leader for MA Dramatic Writing Jennifer Tuckett said “We were delighted to partner BBC Writersroom on this BBC Writersroom Masterclass series. Kate Rowland, the Creative Director of New Writing at the BBC, is one of our ten MA Dramatic Writing Masters who are helping us develop the course during our first year and this is a unique opportunity for students to work with the department, get to know how television works and attend terrific Masterclasses such as yesterday’s event on writing for medical drama which will equip them with the skills they need to pursue successful and sustainable careers as dramatic writers.”

MA Dramatic Writing is a new course at Drama Centre London and Central Saint Martins and this year is running The Year of Experimentation, a year long series of investigations being set by ten Masters who are all leading industry professionals who have led the way on training dramatic writers in the UK.

The results of the investigations will be announced at a special event this summer and will explore what is the best way for training dramatic writers in the UK.

Each year students on MA Dramatic Writing will be offered similar opportunities to collaborate and work with the industry as part of the unique model for training dramatic writers in the UK which the course is currently exploring.

Further information
Writers Room, BBC
MA Dramatic Writing course page