The North West screen agency has selected 26 writers to take part in the eight-month initiative

North West screen agency Vision+Media have launched an eight month training and development initiative for screenwriters from the North-west of England.

The scheme, called Drafted, will see 26 writers mentored by Warp Films producer Caroline Cooper and script consultant and editor Kate Leys (pictured).

The first masterclass, Bridging the Gap, has already taken place and featured screenwriter Olivia Hetreed (Girl with a Pearl Earring, Wuthering Heights). A further three themed masterclasses will take place before May 2011.

Alice Morrison, CEO at Vision+Media said: “We believe that by supporting that writing talent, we can strengthen our region’s film business and create a legacy for the future. “

Tara Cook, who devised the Drafted initiative, said: “We launched Drafted back in June and were overwhelmed by the response from writers in the region. Our lucky 26 participants stood out from the crowd and represent some of the hottest new and established talent in the North West of England.  We hope that we can help them take their creative skills and turn it into a commercial success.”

‘Produced By’, a complimentary scheme for producers, will launch for applications this autumn. 

Vision+Media is the regional organisation for the digital and creative industries supported by the North West Regional Development Agency, as well as the North West Screen Agency and a partner with the UK Film Council.