The scheme aims to helpparticipants segue from another writing arena to become screenwriters.
More than 500 peopleapplied, and the nine selected are: playwright/journalist Toby Young, authorMeg Rossof, playwright Moira Buffini, TV writer Rob Gittens,journalist/novelist Andrew Holmes, and novelists Lana Citron, Helen Cross,Alison Penton Harper and Donna Daley-Clarke.
Script Factory and Skillsetare modelling the scheme after Dorothy Parker's Vicious Circle or a BloomsburyGroup Salon. The year-long programme will include private dinners at the homesof film industry leaders such as director Mike Figgis. The nine participants willalso attend a series of events, workshops and networking meetings.
The Writers' Circle has an"inner circle" of three patrons: writers Richard Eyre, Deborah Moggach andRonan Bennett.