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Star India announces third edition of Star Writers Program 2019

4 February 2019

As the nation’s storyteller, Star India is driven by its purpose of stimulating change through its stories. As part of its continuing mission to bring ever new and innovative stories for millions of its viewers, Star has announced the third edition of its bespoke Star Writers Program, #TheWriteMove , which represents a unique and perhaps most significant 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 some of the best experts, under the aegis of Star India, the nation’s top content innovator for 25 years now.

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 program two years ago in India, and we are happy that our program has given writers a formal path into establishing themselves in television.”

Star Writers Program 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 program, will undergo training and an internship and will receive a monthly stipend throughout the course. Successful completion of the program 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.

Registrations for the Star Writers Program 2019 began from January. Aspirants can apply online through an easy and intuitive process at https://starwritersprogram.startv.com and make #TheWriteMove watch the promo https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/ugcPost:6494088916797353984

A top team of mentors and trainers

SWP attempts to fill the gap in television writing in India. The 2019 edition will have some of the best Indian and global writing stars will conduct it, sharing their secrets of storytelling at the Star Writers Program 2019. With insights and wisdom acquired through years of experience, they will analyze their victories and failures, and tell aspirants a lot about what to expect going forward.

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 a down the course syllabus in partnership with the Star team. It is based on Beyond Structure, http://beyondstructure.com/about-david-freeman a course he taught to key personnel at global film studios and television networks, as well as famous film and television writers. His course titled Beyond Structure equips participants with more than 200 different screenwriting techniques to make their characters and stories highly engaging and thrilling.

In the past, some of the best Indian and global creative minds have been part of the faculty.

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· Mrinal Jha, writer of numerous shows including Kahin Kissii Roz, Kya Haadsa Kya Haqeeqat, Tum Bin Jaaoon Kahaan, Banoo Main Teri Dulhan, Amber Dhara, who spoke of creating compelling plots and stories for long running shows

· Abhijat Joshi, acclaimed writer of blockbusters like 3 Idiots, Lage Raho Munnabhai and PK, who spoke on what makes a compelling story.

· Gul Khan, the producer of hit shows like Qubool Hai, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon, Ishqbaaz and Dil Bole Oberoi, shared her perspective on how to write an inventive and interesting screenplay

· Aniruddh Pathak, who has written many popular TV shows like Devon Ke Dev Mahadev, Siya Ke Ram, and Mahakumbh, shared his experiences as a screenwriter in the Hindi television industry

· Ron Osborn, who has written shows like Moonlighting, the West Wing and Beauty And The Beast, plus Meet Joe Black, presented a script breakdown of one of the West Wing episodes, and also conducted a workshop on creating interesting villains

· Vince Gilligan, award-winning writer and creator of Breaking Bad and its spinoff Better Call Saul and was one of the writers on the X Files. He did a script analysis of the pilot episode of Breaking Bad.

· Kerry Ehrin, who helped create Bates Motel and has been one of the top writers on Friday Night Lights, Parenthood and many other shows, spoke on how characters often lie to themselves, and how their figuring this out is part of their journey


The bespoke Star Writers Program aim is to find, nurture and grow the best television writing talent from across the length and breadth of India, in keeping with Star India’s commitment to storytelling. It began in January 2017, when the first batch of SWP graduates joined India’s TV universe. Thereby giving each writer the opportunity to change storytelling in India.

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