The Upload Festival is a virtual festival showcasing comedy and writing (of all kinds) on air across BBC Local Radio and online, from Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd May 2021. The Festival will feature on BBC iPlayer, on BBC Radio where you live and also in two live Upload Festival shows on BBC Sounds. Writers and comedians from across England, Wales, Scotland and the Channel Islands uploaded for a chance to appear at the festival. Saturday is the comedy night and on Sunday writers take to the stage.
Generating and Structuring Ideas. Plus special Q&A: Insights From a Commissioning Editor
Saturday 1 May, 12:00-13:00
Author James Harris, winner of the Hachette Children’s Novel Award, will share tips and advice on how to generate your best creative ideas and bring them to life on the page. Plus insights from James’ Commissioning Editor, Rachel Wade, in a special Q&A.
BBC Writersroom: Who we are and how we can help you
Saturday 1 May, 13:30-14:30
Development Executive Simon Nelson from BBC Writersroom will share insight and tips on opportunities and support for new writers in the BBC.
Writing Beyond Stereotypes: Developing Complex Characters
Sunday 2 May, 13:00-14:00
Yvonne Battle-Felton is the author of Remembered, winner of the Northern Writers Award and a lecturer in Creative Writing. In this session Yvonne will share techniques that you can use to create vivid and compelling characters, to bring your stories alive and to write as advocacy.
Upload: Getting Your Work on the BBC
Sunday 2 May, 14:30-15:30
Fancy hearing or seeing your work on Upload? Our team of BBC Upload presenters from England and Scotland are here to help with insight, tips and advice on easy ways to turn your writing into audio or video, how to get your content ready to upload and giving yourself the best shot of getting it on air.