Warner Bros. Discovery Access and WBD’s award-winning production company Wall to Wall North have partnered with the Royal Exchange Theatre to launch a 2023 Writers Access Programme: Supporting Powerful Storytelling.

The aim of the programme is to help emerging theatre writers from under-represented backgrounds in the North of England who are looking to break into television.

The 2023 Writers Access Programme will give writers the opportunity to take part in bespoke workshops and sessions led by industry experts, helping each writer to hone their skills in screen- and stage writing. Wall to Wall North, the company behind the recent return of hit BBC series Waterloo Road, will support the writers in developing their skills in screenwriting, whilst the prestigious Royal Exchange Theatre will offer guidance in writing for stage.

The challenges facing under-represented writers in the North are widely acknowledged and thus the programme aims to create a pathway for writers who themselves have experienced barriers to forging sustainable, long-term careers in the industry. Supporting Powerful Storytelling will create a space in which passionate storytellers can experiment, take risks, hone and develop their work.

The selected writers will be mentored by Wall to Wall North’s Executive Producer Sian Palfrey (Overshadowed/Girlfriends), whilst each writer will be named ‘Artist in Residence’ at the prestigious Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, supported by Dramaturg Suzanne Bell.

The Supporting Powerful Storytelling programme is now closed for applications.