The British Writers’ Council advises London Writers’ Week as an advisory group made up of industry professionals who have led the way on writer training in the UK and who are:

Ola Animashawun

Ola Animashawun is an Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre and created the Royal Court Theatre’s influential young writers programme. Ola has 25 years of experience of working in theatre, with 15 years specialist experience in the field of play writing workshops and script development. He is an Associate Director of the Royal Court…

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Caroline Jester

Caroline Jester was Dramaturg for 12 years at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and has led the way in international collaborative projects in the UK, including creating REPwrite a new online collaborative writing programme. Caroline is a writer, dramaturg, educator, director and theatre consultant who uses playwriting as a tool in many settings. She was Dramaturg…

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Fin Kennedy

Fin Kennedy won the first Fringe First ever awarded for a schools production and has led the way in the UK in terms of training writers for schools with his programme Schoolwrights. He is also the Artistic Director of Tamasha theatre company. Fin Kennedy is also an award-winning playwright whose plays are produced in the…

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Lucy Kerbel

Lucy is the Director of Tonic Theatre and an award-winning theatre director. Having begun her career as Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio and English Touring Theatre, Lucy went on to direct a range of classics, new writing and productions for younger audiences. It was while directing around the UK that Lucy became interested…

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Kate Rowland

Kate Rowland created and ran BBC Writersroom, the BBC’s new writing department, was the commissioner for Radio 3’s The Wire, and created the BBC TV Drama Writers Festival. Kate was the BBC’s Creative Director, New Writing. She founded the pioneering Writersroom, created R3’s ground-breaking strand of new writing The Wire, where she first commissioned writers…

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Philip Shelley

Philip Shelley created and runs the Channel Four screenwriting course. He has vast experience as script editor (Waking The Dead, BBC, Inspector Morse, ITV + many other shows) and producer (Margery & Gladys, Making Waves, First Sign Of Madness, all ITV) and as script consultant (www.script-consultant.co.uk) working with many different writers and production companies. He…

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Jennifer Tuckett

Jennifer Tuckett is the Course Leader for the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins and has led the way in  the UK in terms of developing new industry partnered models of training for writers, including creating the UK’s first formally industry partnered MA in Playwriting, pilot projects on writing for radio…

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Steve Winter

Steve Winter was the co-creator of the Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays and TS Eliot Exchange and is now the Executive Director of the Kevin Spacey Foundation. As Executive Director, Steve leads artistic and business planning of The Kevin Spacey Foundation which aims to create initiatives that discover, train and mentor emerging artists.…

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John Yorke

John Yorke created and ran the BBC Writers Academy, one of the most successful and influential programmes for screen writers. He has also published a book on screenwriting “Into the Woods”. John Yorke was also Managing Director of Company Pictures, the UK drama independent, producing shows as varied as Shameless, Skins, The White Queen and…

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