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Star India’s third edition of Star Writers Program to nurture next generation of storytellers on TV

SWP is a seven-month, full-time course and internship in television screenwriting, and open to both aspiring and experienced writers. Shortlisted names will undergo training and paid internship. Successful candidates will get a two-year writing contract with Star

With a mission to bring new and innovative stories for its viewers, Starhas announced the third edition of its bespoke Star Writers Program, #TheWriteMove, which represents a unique opportunity in India for aspiring writers alike to make a career in creative writing for television. They will be trained and nurtured to become the future storytellers for television in India by experts under the aegis of Star India.

Gaurav Banerjee, President, and Head, Hindi GEC at Star India, said, “Writing is at the heart of great television, which, to take the next big leap, needs the best set of potentially great writers. However, there exists an immense training gap in India, and hence the Star Writers Program is our attempt to identify the next set of truly talented writers and arm them with the art and craft of television screenwriting.There was no institute teaching television screen-writing when we started this programme two years ago in India, and we are happy that our programme has given writers a formal path into establishing themselves in television.”


Star Writers Program (SWP) is a seven-month, full-time course and internship in television screenwriting, and open to both aspiring and experienced writers. The shortlisted candidates, selected after a rigorous selection programme, will undergo training and an internship and will receive a monthly stipend throughout the course. Successful completion of the programme will be followed by a two-year writing contract with Star.Over the past two years, alumni writers from the Star Writers Program have been part of the writers’rooms for shows like Kaal Bhairav, Nimki Mukhiya and Nazar from the Star Network.

The 2019 edition of SWP will have some of the best Indian and global writing stars sharing their secrets of storytelling.


David Freeman, one of the most accomplished and respected script writers and teachers of creative writing in Hollywood, is Dean and lead instructor of the Star Writers Program. He has put down the course syllabus in partnership with the Star team. It is based on ‘Beyond Structure’, a course he taught to key personnel at global film studios and television networks, as well as famous film and television writers. His course titledBeyond Structureequips participants with more than 200 different screenwriting techniques to make their characters and stories highly engaging and thrilling.

The bespoke began in January 2017, when the first batch of graduates joined India’s TV universe.

Registrations for the Star Writers Program 2019 began from January. Aspirants can apply onlineat and make #TheWriteMove watch the promo

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