Tuesday, 11 December 2007

TAPS - Finding the Writer's Voice

I applied for something similar to this a couple of years ago through TAPS, but didn't get anywhere. Time for another go? Maybe...

TAPS is a charitable organisation committed to seeking out, training and showcasing emerging talented writers by putting their original voices in front of leading producers and script executives. TAPS aims to unearth new writers who may not otherwise be noticed and help them develop better scripts through Workshops plus provide them with access to working Producers, Directors and actors who speed that essential nurturing of their talent.

TAPS actively develops original voices of the future for the industry which seeks raw talent and fresh ideas.

The Course
An intensive weekend workshop will begin your training, followed by three months of personal script coaching from a leading industry professional which will hone your script and unlock your unique potential. Writers will complete the scheme with a range of advanced writing tools, an industry-standard calling card script and a DVD of their script performed by professional directors and cast.

Selection Process

All submitted scripts are read and assessed by a specially assembled reading panel of industry professionals. Selection is based on the talent of the writer. However, at times, when selection is at a tie, other elements will be considered such as the date the application is received. On this basis, we advise you to send your application as soon as possible.

Please Note: Due to the lack of resources no feedback can be given on the individual scripts if rejected.


2007/08 Administration Fee: £25.00 - this cheque must be included with your application for us to begin processing our submission.

2007/08 Course Fee: £500 plus VAT

If you require support with the course fee we suggest you check with your Regional Screen Agency. We know that some writers have received support in the past but cannot guarantee this support is still available. To find your Regional Screen Agency please check the link below:


We advise you to get in touch with your Regional Agency immediately upon application as the process can take time.

Financial Support

With the assistance of the Skillset CPD Fund TAPS keeps the delegate fees for its workshops as low as possible in order that those who want to attend, can attend.

Delegates living over 50 miles from the course venue can reclaim up to 50% of their travelling costs and up to £40 per night towards the cost of accommodation.

TAPS will also provide support to child care costs where required, contributing £4 per hour towards costs incurred during training.

Email gemma@tapsnet.org or go to www.tapsnet.org/ for more information.

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