Dramatic writing mentoring 2023-24

Are you a budding writer who is interested in writing scripts for stage, film or television? Would you like to gain skills and knowledge of how to develop your writing and gaining visibility within the industry? Then our free dramatic writing mentoring programme could be for you.

Carolyn Scott-Jeffs, a successful writer and dramaturg, and lecturer in Creative Writing, will help you develop a script from first idea to submission. This can become your ‘calling card script’ – the script that gets you noticed within the industry and showcases what you can do. The mentoring will last across the year with a number of session taking place at agreed key points. 

There are only two places available on this mentoring programme.

How does it work?

The mentoring programme will run from January to July 2024. There will be an opportunity for 3-5 meetings with Carolyn, either in person or online. You will develop your idea and write a first draft or a long outline of your script, which you will submit to Carolyn for feedback. You can then use this feedback to work on further drafts to submit for feedback. You must be able to commit to meeting deadlines for submitting work to Carolyn and to the meetings to benefit from this programme.

Who can apply?

This competition is open to all current UG, PGT and PGR students at Loughborough University, including Loughborough London students. It does not matter what course or subject you are studying.


We want this opportunity to be accessible to all students. If you would like to discuss any accessibility issues in advance of applying or to discuss how the opportunity can be made inclusive for you, then please email LUArts@lboro.ac.uk or call 01509 222948.

How do I apply?

Please complete the short online application form. As part of this you will need to outline why you would like to be mentored (in 350 words) and a 500-word synopsis of the idea you want to develop into a script.

Deadline: Friday 15 December 2023

If you have any questions about this opportunity then please email LUArts@lboro.ac.uk

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Dr Carolyn Scott-Jeffs

Carolyn is a Midlands based writer. Her work for Radio 4 includes Angel of New Street, Square Circle Triangle (nominated for the Richard Imison Award), Tarnished Wings, 21 Conversations with a Hairdresser, 15 Ways to Leave Your Lover, and Jesus, The Devil and a Kid Called Death. She has written for the BBC1 continuing drama, Doctors, and lectures in story design at Loughborough University.

As a dramaturg she recently supported the musical Judy in the West End. Her stage plays include Having it All, Wenches, Out in the Garden (Finborough Theatre, London)Tarnished Angel (Finborough Theatre, London), Elephants, Fanny a New Musichall (winner of Best Production, Birmingham Fest), Wolfie and the Showgirl (winner of Best New Work, Birmingham Fest), Letters to Emma, and Edifying Eddy.

She is currently writing The Bah Humbug Club, a comedy for Lichfield Garrick, that opens 8 December. 

Find out more about The Bah Humbug Club