Part-Time Programme Designed to Diversify Script and Story Representation in Editorial

In partnership with the Screen Industries Growth Network (SIGN) and Screen Alliance North with support of the BFI awarding National Lottery funding, Screen Yorkshire is challenging the lack of diversity amongst Script Editors in the region. Through our range of talent development programmes, we have repeatedly come across a significant lack of opportunity and availability of Script Editors from diverse backgrounds, despite the narrative in the screen industries evidently showing that they are in high demand. This is further evidenced by research; behind the camera, contributions by Black, Asian and minority ethnic people had fallen from 8.6% in 2018-19 to 5.9% in 2019-20 (Creative Diversity Network, 2021). Furthermore, only 5.2% of those working off-screen in the industry identify as disabled (Diamond Report, 2020).

ScriptEd provides hands-on training, industry insight and provides selected participants with paid placements to equip them with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in Script Editing.

Screen Yorkshire's Script Ed initiative has given me knowledge and confidence in order to put myself out there into the script editing world. I'll be forever grateful for the time and support the programme gave me and would highly recommend others who feel like they're not currently being represented in the industry to put themselves forward for this wonderful programme.

Devon Johnson, ScriptEd Cohort

As part of Screen Yorkshire's ScriptEd programme, I went on a three-week placement with the team behind All Creatures Great and Small. I had the most engaging and inspiring experience and really connected with the story and the people I worked with. On my final day, the Script Executive suggested that they wanted to keep me on, as they had enjoyed my enthusiasm and insight and now I'm working as their Assistant Script Editor! I'm learning so much already and am excited to see where this journey takes me.

Bethany Moore, ScriptEd Cohort

Who is ScriptEd for?

ScriptEd is developed for individuals with a passion and understanding for story who come from communities currently under-represented within the screen industries. The programme focuses on nurturing skills within Yorkshire and the Humber. Therefore, applicants must be from, work in, or live within the region. 

Individuals may already be working in editorial, however this isn’t an essential requirement. We are keen to encourage applicants from other creative industries, such as theatre, and would like to hear from people who have had some experience in script work regardless of background. 

We are interested in people’s approaches to ideas and will be assessing applications based on the script notes submitted as well as your experience.

When and how will ScriptEd be delivered?

Applications open to ScriptEd on 26th Sept 2023 and the programme starts on 6th November. We are running the programme in two parts, with an initial intake of 20 gaining access to keynote workshops and industry seminars, running from Oct to November 2023. Six of the 20 participants will be offered a 2-week part time work shadowing placement commencing December 2023/January 2024. All sessions will be via Screen Yorkshire and both in-person and virtual. 

Participants must commit to the full duration of this programme.

Essential Dates

  • Applications close at 11.59pm on Wednesday 18th October
  • Interviews – Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th October via Zoom
  • ScriptEd offers made Monday 30th October

ScriptEd starts Monday 6th November  

  • In–person day – Tuesday 7th November
  • Delivery workshop dates (evening or lunchtime, via Zoom):
    • Monday 13th November
    • Thursday 16th November
    • Monday 20th November
    • Thursday 23rd November
    • Monday 27th November
    • Thursday 30th November
  • Friday 1st December ScriptEd finishes for the core cohort
  • 6 participants will go on into shadow placements early January 2024
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To apply for ScriptEd, please complete the application form by following the link below. As part of our remit to monitor and improve access to under-represented groups in the industry, we report to our funders on the diversity of applicants to this scheme. We would be extremely grateful if you please could also fill in the diversity form on our website application page.

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In partnership with the Screen Industries Growth Network (SIGN) and Screen Alliance North with support of the BFI awarding National Lottery funding, Screen Yorkshire is challenging the lack of diversity amongst Script Editors in the region.


How much experience do I need for ScriptEd?

The training is to address the lack of diversity of script editors and challenge barriers around access, while helping to tackle the ongoing skills gap in the talent pipeline. The programme is aimed at those already operating in an editorial capacity, however applicants can be working in or outside of the screen industries. They might range from early career to emerging professionals who require access/want to pivot into script editing. We do not require you to have a certain number of credits, but you will need to demonstrate a solid understanding of the dynamics of storytelling. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate how their participation will help shift the dial on underrepresentation in the screen sector.

Will I get paid for ScriptEd?

Lunch and refreshments will be provided at in-person training sessions and we will reimburse reasonable costs to travel to these sessions. Participants who take part in the placement aspect of the programme will also receive a £500 bursary.

How are applications reviewed?

Applications will be assessed by our Talent Development Team without any identifying information attached. Interviews will be carried out by the same team on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th October via Zoom. We are looking for a clear and demonstrable understanding of story and a keen interest in development.

What is the goal of ScriptEd? Where will I be at the end?

Our training scheme works to address the lack of diversity by providing a network for the cohort as well as harnessing/developing their skills & boosting confidence to apply for and work in the role of a script editor. Those who complete the placement aspect of the programme will be added to the Screen Yorkshire crew database. All participants should gain the following: A deeper understanding of the script cycle in a professional setting within the screen industry; developed confidence and skills as a professional script editor and the ability to work directly with writers and in an editorial team; an increased network of contacts, potentially linking directly to employability.