2 Day Screenwriting Course

2 DAY SCREENWRITING COURSE London June 8 & 9, 2019 – SOLD OUT!

SCREENWRITING : TELLING YOUR STORY – CRAFT & CAREER

I’m delighted to announce that I’m running my 2 day SCREENWRITING COURSE in London on June 8 & 9, 2019. This course will concentrate on CRAFT on day 1 and THE BUSINESS OF GETTING WORK on day 2.

Running these courses and the CHANNEL 4 SCREENWRITNG COURSE for the last few years, and working with so many talented writers, I’ve learnt that it’s not enough to be a talented, technically-gifted screenwriter – you also have to be adept at treating your work like a business and running your career smartly, sensibly and with ambition and determination.

Course numbers will be kept to a MAXIMUM of 20.

One of the positives to come out of the courses I have run over the years has been the ongoing creative relationships with writers I’ve met on my courses – which I hope can be mutually beneficial. This is the reason I keep numbers to a max of 20 – and to make the course truly inter-active. It also enables all the writers to get to know and learn from each other over the course of the weekend.

I have kept in touch with so many of the screenwriters who have been on my screenwriting courses and 1 day CREATIVITY course – and the writers getting to know each other is one of the most valuable parts of the course.

Several writers from these independent SCREENWRITING and CREATIVITY courses have gone onto the C4 screenwriting course – and the success stories from writers who have done one of these 2 courses and have gone onto prestigious, paid TV or film work are numerous.

ABOUT ME

I have run the C4 screenwriting course for the last 8 years and am currently running it again in 2019. I was one of the 10 ‘masters’ of the teaching of dramatic writing at the new MA Dramatic Writing at Central St Martins / University of the Arts London. I ran the BBC’s in-house script editing courses for 10 years. This year I have run several courses for BBC writers room (in London, Cardiff and Salford). Among many others, I have recently run courses for Warner Bros in London, BBC Studios, De Montfort University Leicester and Vice UK.

On top of this I run one of the most successful script consultancies in the UK, working with many different writers and independent production comanies (most recently Bryncoed Productions, Silver Reel and Conker Films).

I run an industry showcase for the pick of the writers from my script consultancy. The most recent event was 100% full, packed with potential employers from many of the best broadcasters, drama-producing indies and literary agents, and there have been some notable successes from the event.

I have always hugely enjoyed working with screenwriters and helping them find their place in the industry. Last year I produced and launched the podcasts series, tributepodcasts.co.uk which has acted as a great showcase for several new, exciting dramatic writers. And I will be producing series 2 in 2019.

THE COURSE

So what is NEW about this course?

The course will be like a mini-writers festival as we will have THREE different GUEST SPEAKER sessions over the two days –

On Day One

NATHANIEL PRICE – alumnus of the Channel 4 Screenwriting course 2017, and graduate of the NFTS screenwriting course.

Nathaniel has written episodes for Noughts & Crosses (Mammoth Screen/BBC) and Tin Star II (Kudos/Sky). His script Hound, written as part of the Channel 4 Screenwriting Course, is optioned to Balloon Ent. And Nathaniel’s script Companion, written for the BBC’s Drama Writer’s Course is with BBC Studios.  Nathaniel has delivered an original full length play, First Touch, commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse, and his second radio play Walter T Flint to producer Sally Avens/BBC. Nathaniel also has a number of original dramas in early development including, Skin Deep (STV), Hooked (Wall to Wall), The Good Barber (Kudos), Laurie Cunningham (New Pictures) and is one of the  co-creators of Heist, a collaborative development with Tony Jordan/Red Planet Pictures. Nathaniel’s credits include Baller, an original R4 Afternoon Play, monologue ‘Special Delivery’ for BBC3’s The Break II, and a short script for BBC3 series Five by Five for BBC Studios/Green Door.  He was also selected for the 2017 BBC New Talent Hotlist.

On Day Two

Literary agent, JONATHAN KINNERSLEY, The Agency, will talk about how you get an agent, what an agent can do for you as a writer, what agents look for in screenwriters, and more generally about the TV and film industries, and where the work is for both new and more experienced writers.

And finally CAT JONES – Channel 4 screenwriting course alumna 2012, credits on HARLOTS, WATERLOO ROAD, YOUNGERS, DOCTORS, EASTENDERS etc) will talk more broadly about both craft and career – about how she creates story and screenplays, about the writing jobs she has done, and lessons to be learnt from her experience.

NB 1 There will be time for a Q&A with all the guest speakers at the end of the 3 sessions so you can get answers to the particular questions you want to ask.

NB 2 Detailed biogs and photos of these three guest speakers below (& on  the SPECIAL GUESTS page http://script-consultant.co.uk/training/tanya-tillett/ ).

OVERVIEW OF THE COURSE

 DAY 1 

Introduction to the Course & What it can do for you.

Creative Exercises – a series of creative exercises that will help you in creating and generating new story and character ideas

NATHANIEL PRICE – Crafting A Screenplay

Supplementing NATHANIEL’s session, I will also do my own sessions on –

STORY – the craft elements that go into creating effective, exciting, dynamic story-telling on screen.

CHARACTER- the key elements in writing memorable, resonant characters. Including an interactive exercise in creating CHARACTERS and genuinely character-driven stories.

DIALOGUE – what are the elements that make for effective screen dialogue?

And…

TV SERIES. The keys to developing what every single drama-producing indie is looking for – an original, compelling returnable one hour series.

DAY TWO

Will cover…

PITCHING – with an interactive pitching exercise.

TREATMENTS, OUTLINES, WRITTEN PITCHES – looking at all these important pre-script documents – when you need them and how to write them.

JONATHAN KINNERSLEY, literary agent, THE AGENCY – talking about how you get an agent, what you should expect of an agent, and how to forge a career as a screenwriter.

DRIVING YOUR OWN SCREENWRITING CAREER + NETWORKING.

Lessons to be learnt from successful screenwriters’ careers.

CHANNEL 4 SCREENWRITING COURSE

Lessons I’ve learnt from my experience of running the C4 course for the last 8 years – and what this means for you as professional writers.

CAT JONES  – Cat  will discuss her career – the writing work she has done across TV, theatre, radio, etc. She will discuss both the craft of dramatic writing, and give you tips on how to run your career.

CONCLUSION – Final session about what to take away from the course, and discuss where you go from here.

Places Are Strictly Limited at 20!

I have a strict limit on the number of delegates, because I want to make sure these are personal, in-depth seminars where you can get your questions answered and find out what you need to know without the sense of getting lost in the crowd.

That does mean that the early bird catches the workshop! If you want to come I strongly recommend you book your place now to make sure you don’t miss out.

Once you register I’ll send you full details of the course, membership of a special private Screenwriters Studio Facebook group that will continue indefinitely, a FREE, recommended screenwriting book  AND a bumper pack of invaluable HANDOUTS for delegates on the course.

THE COST

For the two days of the course, the cost is a very reasonable £195. Based on some of the successes and feedback of previous attendees of my courses, I’m happy to say I think this is excellent value for money, and I know this course can act as a powerful weapon in your aims to fulfil your potential as a professional screenwriter.

NB The last few courses I’ve run have sold out quickly. If you’re interested in doing this course, early booking is recommended!

WHEN AND WHERE?

Saturday + Sunday June 8th & 9th  2019, 10.00- 5.00, Central London – at Birkbeck College, the University of London, in Malet St, London WC1E 7HX.

*And I’ll be available on both days in a nearby pub afterwards to carry on the conversation! An invaluable part of the course – affording you the chance to share experiences with each other (and me) in a relaxed setting for a couple of hours after the course each day

Any questions about the course? Please email me: philip.shelley@script-consultant.co.uk

NATHANIEL PRICE

Nathaniel has written episodes for Noughts & Crosses (Mammoth Screen/BBC) and Tin Star II (Kudos/Sky). His script Hound, written as part of the Channel 4 Screenwriting Course, is optioned to Balloon Ent. And Nathaniel’s script Companion, written for the BBC’s Drama Writer’s Course is with BBC Studios.  Nathaniel has delivered an original full length play, First Touch, commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse, and his second radio play Walter T Flint to producer Sally Avens/BBC. Nathaniel also has a number of original dramas in early development including, Skin Deep (STV), Hooked (Wall to Wall), The Good Barber (Kudos), Laurie Cunningham (New Pictures) and is one of the  co-creators of Heist, a collaborative development with Tony Jordan/Red Planet Pictures. Nathaniel’s credits include Baller, an original R4 Afternoon Play, monologue ‘Special Delivery’ for BBC3’s The Break II, and a short script for BBC3 series Five by Five for BBC Studios/Green Door.  He was also selected for the 2017 BBC New Talent Hotlist.

JONATHAN KINNERSLEY

Jonathan joined The Agency in 2010 after graduating from UCL’s English Literature BA course. His list covers an eclectic range of writers and directors across stage and screen; he also represents the dramatic rights for a variety of fiction and non-fiction writers. His tastes are diverse but he’s particularly interested in character-based writing that demonstrates wit and flair.

CAT JONES

Cat’s TV writing credits include: Four epiosdes of HARLOTS (Monumental/ITVEncore/Hulu) – two in each of season 1 and 2, WILL (Monumental/Turner Networks), JUDGE DEE (Bandit for Chinese TV), EASTENDERS, DOCTORS, (BBC) WATERLOO ROAD (Shed/BBC), YOUNGERS 2 (Big Talk) for which she also wrote a music track – and TATAU (Touchpaper/BBC). Her short film in verse, FLEA, was one of three original short films commissioned for BBC iPlayer. In 2014, Cat wrote and co-directed short film, CUSHY, which won Screen Yorkshire’s Best Short Film Award at the Leeds International Film Festival. In 2015 her second short, LITTLE BIG HOUSE was filmed as part of the ‘iShorts + Funny Girls’ scheme funded by Creative England in partnership with Baby Cow and Big Talk. Cat has a number of original projects in development including the Cate Blanchett attached young Elizabeth 1st drama BESS, for Monumental, BAIT for Studio Lambert/C4, RUTH for BBC Studios and JAILTOWN with BBC Studios/SKY. In 2011, Cat won the BBC Alfred Bradley Award for Radio Drama with GLORY DAZED, which she subsequently adapted for the stage. GLORY DAZED was produced at Edinburgh Fringe Fest 2012 as part of the Old Vic New Voices season, winning the Holden Street Theatre Award, which took the production to Adelaide for 5 weeks in 2013, where it won the Critics Choice Award, after which it transferred to Soho Theatre Upstairs. Cat took part in the Old Vic’s 24 Hour Plays at the end of 2012 and was the winner of the 2013 Pearson Playwright Award. Her musical THE NATIVES was developed by the Old Vic under the TS Eliot Commissions Project and had a reading in July 2015. Her radio plays HANG DOG (2013) and THE FIX (2016) were broadcast on Radio 4.

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