ITV’s ‘Original Voices’ returns to Emmerdale

“I’m pleased that, with the help of Creative Skillset, we are able to extend the initiative once again”. – ITV’s Managing Director of Continuing Drama, John Whiston

ITV has announced that its successful writing initiative, Original Voices, is to return. The broadcaster and production company first launched Original Voices in 2013, to tap into and connect with local BAME writing talent. The aim of the initiative is to find interesting writers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds and offer selected candidates training opportunities within ITV Continuing Drama.

ITV has run the scheme three times so far with writers joining the story and writing teams of both Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

Original Voices – Emmerdale is seeking submissions from talented writers with a view to offering four applicants the opportunity to spend six weeks in the rural saga’s story department. Whilst there the successful applicants will develop their skills at creating gripping stories, weaving multiple story strands and writing credible long running story arcs.

At the end of the attachment the chosen writers will get the chance to write a trial script for the show to be evaluated by the show’s creative higher-ups. Constructive notes and feedback will be offered on this script with an opportunity for the writer to produce a second draft, a vital part of the soap scripting process. Writing a trial script is the standard path for writers attempting to secure one of the highly coveted writer roles on ITV’s soaps.

“I’ve seen the impact our Original Voice scheme has previously had at both Emmerdale and Coronation Street.  The talent involved have helped make both programmes’ story offices and writing teams more reflective of the world our drama lives in and so more exciting and more relevant to our audience.” – ITV’s Managing Director of Continuing Drama, John Whiston

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