Casualty to launch writing contest for real life frontline workers

Casualty delivered an episode back in January that saw the ED team deal with the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic (Picture: BBC)

BAFTA winning Casualty have launched a huge new writing contest as part of the 35th anniversary celebrations.

Working with BBC Writersroom, Casualty have created an exciting opportunity for frontline medical workers to join the writing team for the medical drama.

Accurate medicine has always been something at the heart of Casualty.

The production team regularly work with nurses, doctors, paramedics and medical advisors to ensures scenarios are always reflected as accurately as possible.

Now, the drama is opening its doors to find a new and talented writer with medical experience to be part of their team.

Applicants will be asked to write and submit part of a Casualty episode based on a brief about current Clinical Lead Dylan Keogh (William Beck) having the day from hell in the ED.

Anyone with front line medic experience is encouraged to join, with no previous writing experience required and at least one successful writer will work with the Casualty team to write a shadow episode.

Deborah Sathe, Senior Executive Producer Casualty and Holby City commented:

‘Casualty and its sister show Holby City have a history of inspiring its audience to have a career in medicine. Now it’s our turn to offer the medical world a chance to work in our world!  Casualty is opening its doors for new writers who have real life experience of working on the medical frontline. Medicine and those that know how to handle it are the core of our show. No one knows more than our frontline workers the extraordinary escapades of those that save our lives on a daily basis.

We are looking for aspiring writers in the medical world to come and have a go at writing an episode for us. Could you be the next voice that helps deliver our next BAFTA? Have you always wanted to put words into the mouths of our own Dylan, Faith, Charlie and Jacob? If yes, then enter our contest because we can’t wait to read your versions of our world.’

Jessica Loveland, Head of New Writing at BBC Writersroom added:

‘The team at Writersroom are delighted to be partnering with Casualty on this initiative to discover and support brilliant new writing talent emerging from the world of frontline medicine. There has long been a tradition of medical professionals translating their skills and understanding of human psychology into creative writing and storytelling.

We hope to build on this legacy by providing an exciting platform for aspiring writers to develop their skills with the talented team on Casualty bringing authenticity and fresh perspectives to the show.’

Submissions opened on September 6 and will close October 20.

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