VENUE: Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX

NOTE: You can book via the PayPal buttons below. The cost is £95.

A one-day introduction to – and celebration of – the wonderful art of SCREENWRITING.

This one-day course will be designed for entry-level screenwriters. You don’t need to have any screenwriting experience to take this course BUT it is ALSO suitable for more experienced screenwriters – it will be an inspiring and re-energizing refresher – reminding you of everything that is exciting about screenwriting.

This will not be as interactive and participatory as my two-day courses – but there will be an opportunity to ask questions of the speaker at the end of every session.

The 10 -5 day will be followed up by a relaxed, non-pressured networking event in a nearby pub (5-8.30) – where you can meet and share experiences with each other and other specially invited industry professionals in a more relaxed setting and ask any further questions that you have. Confirmed guests so far include – development executives from BBC Films, Neal Street Productions, Tiger Aspect Drama, BBC Studios, Bryncoed Productions and 4 writers – all C4 Screenwriting Course graduates who are making real inroads as professional screenwriters. These guests will be able to informally answer your questions and provide valuable insights into the craft and industry. It will also be a great opportunity to meet and share experiences with the other writers on the course.


10.00 INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE – and a celebration of the best screenwriting.

10.30 WHAT IS SCREENWRITING? A nuts-and-bolts examination of how to write a screenplay – from outlines, treatments & pitches, formatting and laying out your script.

11.30 BREAK

11.45 – 1.00 SCREENWRITING PRINCIPLES & TIPS – how story-telling works on screen – with a series of clips to illustrate the principles discussed. The elements of a screenplay – story, character, dialogue, structure, genre / tone, stylistic devices, format, etc.

1 – 2 LUNCH


Screenwriter / playwright VINAY PATEL (Channel 4 screenwriting course 2015, DOCTOR WHO, MURDERED BY MY FATHER, THE GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL, TRUE BRITS) will undertake a SCRIPT-TO-SCREEN analysis of feature film, THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY.

He will also answer questions about his own work as a screenwriter.

3.30 BREAK


Screen writer ANNA SYMON will talk about – Peer support – Knowing the industry – Educational & Inspirational Opportunities — Showcasing your work – Networking. And her career to date (INDIAN SUMMERS, C4; MRS WILSON, BBC; DEEP WATER, ITV) and how she progressed from beginner to working screenwriter.

4.45 – 5.00 Q & A session – your chance to ask any screenwriting question – either following up on issues raised during the day or any questions on issues not covered.

BUMPER COURSE HANDOUTS available on the day for each delegate


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 companies (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, which has acted as a great showcase for several new, exciting dramatic writers. And I will be producing series 2 in 2019.


Vinay’s debut play, TRUE BRITS, premiered at Edinburgh Fringe 2014, transferred to the Bush Theatre’s RADAR Festival and went on to headline the Vault Festival. His next play, FREE FALL, ran at the Pleasance Islington in October 2014 and was nominated for three Off West End Awards.

Vinay’s television debut MURDERED BY MY FATHER was commissioned for BBC3 and starred Adeel Akhtar, Kiran Sonia Sawar and Mawaan Rizwan. It won a Royal Television Society award before going on to be nominated for three BAFTAs including Best Single Drama and the Breakthrough Talent Award for Vinay. It won the BAFTA for best Leading Actor (Adeel Akhtar) and Vinay was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit for his work on the film. He wrote an episode in the most recent DOCTOR WHO series.

He is currently under commission to the Bush and developing work for the National Theatre, Paines Plough and the BBC.


Anna’s first original series MRS WILSON aired November 2018, starring Ruth Wilson playing her own grandmother. It has a BAFTA nomination for best mini-series.

Anna’s returning series DEEP WATER (ITV/ Kudos), developed from the Windermere novels by Paula Daly, will transmit on ITV later this year.

Anna wrote episodes in both series of INDIAN SUMMERS (C4/New Pictures).

Anna has many other projects in active development. She graduated from the prestigious 4Screenwriting in 2013. Prior to her writing career, she worked as a producer/ director in current affairs and documentaries.

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