EXCITING OPPORTUNITY: Maive Jackson Collett, is doing a Master of Arts (writing), and is studying screen writing.
EXCITING OPPORTUNITY: Maive Jackson Collett, is doing a Master of Arts (writing), and is studying screen writing. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Screenworks give local screenwriters a shot at the big time

THREE local screenwriters will soon get a priceless opportunity to work on some of Australia's best and most popular TV series thanks to a new initiative by Screenworks Northern Rivers.

Playmaker Media - the creators of the ABC's stylish new conspiracy thriller, The Code- are one of the three production companies involved in the project, called Inside the Writer's Room.

The screenwriters behind The Code recently won the major award at the Australian Writers' Guild Awards for their work.

About three years ago, Playmaker launched the "Scribe" mentorship program which has led to the creation of a string of new hit shows, including Love Child and House Husbands.

Ken Crouch, general manager of Screenworks Northern Rivers, said his team had been following Playmaker closely since realising it had tapped into something special.

"Some of the stuff they've created since that (Scribe) program's inception is truly amazing," he said.

Screenworks has also partnered with Channel Seven's Home and Away, which Mr Crouch estimated has produced about 100,000 hours of Aussie TV since its birth in 1988.

Last but not least, Matchbox Pictures, who produced the TV adaptation of The Slap, and ABC3's young adult/teen series, Nowhere Boys.

To be selected for the program, local writers must submit an extract from one of their own scripts for assessment.

Up-and-coming local writer Maive Collett said she was putting the finishing touches on her script in a bid to be one of the chosen three.

"The opportunity is stunning," she said, describing as a network opportunity akin to "Linked In on steroids".

"It will be such a shot in the arm for your career."

Ms Collett, who has a teaching background, said she was also enthusiastic about taking the experience of the program back to the Northern Rivers to share with other local writers.

Application close on November 12. For more information, go to screenworks.com.au.



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