Dancing Ledge

Writer in Residence Award

Finding and nurturing new talent is at the very core of what we do. We want to provide a space for the next generation to flourish, offer them a foothold in the industry and a platform from which they can take their next steps. Which is why we’ve set up a Writer in Residence award.


Every year, UK literary agents are invited to send in material for new writers they represent who would like to be considered for the scheme. The writers submitted should have had at least one script produced in theatre, radio, TV or film, but no more than one in film or TV.

We will then announce a shortlist, from which we will choose the eventual winner. Our 2022 submissions window will open in Autumn.

The selected writer will be given a bursary and a desk, computer and phone in the Dancing Ledge offices. They will be invited to attend in-house development meetings, read scripts in development, be offered feedback on their work and given access to writers the company is currently working with.

They also participate in writers workshops we hold every two months with new and established writers.

Plus help us in our ongoing collaboration with local schools providing lectures, and internships for sixth form students from less privileged backgrounds.

Our Current Writer in Residence

Jodie is a screenwriter, playwright and performer specialising in dark comedy and comedy drama. Her one woman play GOBBY received critical acclaim and after a UK tour supported by Arts Council England, toured to Australia where it won the weekly award for Best Theatre at Adelaide Fringe.

Jodie has undergone training in writing, performing and improvisation with prestigious comedy schools from around the world including The Second City, iO Chicago, UCB Los Angeles and Soho Theatre Young Company. Her comedy drama LEAKED is in development with Big Talk Productions, and she has several other projects in development, including coming of age sci-fi hybrid THIN AIR and a television adaption of GOBBY. Jodie was selected to receive a sitcom treatment commission by UKTV through their initiative with Comedy 50:50, and is currently working on various original ideas for TV, film and stage.

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