Early in my career as a female scriptwriter I won a Granada TV competition, the prize was a really useful day spent with TV scriptwriter Carla Lane creator of hit TV comedy shows Bread, Butterflies and The Liver Birds.
I spent a really constructive day with Carla where on the hoof we wrote and set up a small one scene drama (with professional actors) and then had it shot and edited quickly – the scene was then broadcast on ITV as part of the prize.
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This one scene 5 five minute drama really helped me in my career as a scriptwriter and it impressed the production team at Emmerdale when it was shown on ITV – and this helped me transition from the Emmerdale Storyline team onto the Emmerdale writing team proper– where I became a core writer on the show for two years (and had over 25 episode broadcast).
Indirectly the completion also attracted agents (and at the time I signed up with Curtis Brown agency). So, I know firsthand how winning a scriptwriting competition can help your career.
The 2022 Page Turner Awards prize fund is over £18K with valuable prizes for authors and writers. So, with that sort of cash and kudos on offer its worth having a look at the awards.
Alison Pennells is a scriptwriter, playwright, novelist, female script consultant and producer from Leeds. Alison was a core scriptwriter on Emmerdale and The Royal Today. Her short film ‘Me Head’s a Shed’ was winner of The Yorkshire Short film award. Her play ‘Dirty Laundry’ has been a huge success and raised much needed funds for cancer charities across the UK. In recent years Alison has worked as a female script consultant and producer on three feature films. Alison is married, has a daughter, three doggies and no cats (at the moment).