ONE DAY INTRODUCTION TO SCREENWRITING Saturday February 8th 2020
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 is 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. These guests will be able to informally answer your questions and provide valuable insights into the craft and industry. I will send course delegates a list of the invited industry guetss before the day of the course. At the 2019 course, we had 4 very successful writers from the Channel 4 screenwriting course and about 15 industry guests from companies that included BBC Studios, Tiger Aspect, Shiny Button Productions, Neal Street Productions, Firebird Pictures etc. It will also be a great opportunity to meet and share experiences with the other writers on the course.
SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY
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.
11.45 – 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
2 – 3.30 ANALYSIS OF A SCREENPLAY + TV EPISODE.
Acclaimed Film & TV director TIM FYWELL (CRACKER, HAPPY VALLEY, CAMBRIDGE SPIES, GRANTCHESTER, WAKING THE DEAD, RIVER and most recently, THE ENGLISH GAME, a new series written by Julian Fellowes for Netflix) will undertake a SCRIPT-TO-SCREEN analysis of a favourite TV episode or feature film.
He will also answer questions about his own work as a director and about working with so many amazing screenwriters.
3.45 – 4.45 LIFE AS A WORKING SCREENWRITER –
Screenwriter ARCHIE MADDOCKS will talk about – Peer support – Knowing the industry – Educational & Inspirational Opportunities — Showcasing your work – Networking. And his career to date (CHANNEL 4 SCREENWRITING COURSE, INTERGALACTIC (Sky/ Moonage Pictures), development projects with several UK indies) and how he 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 9 years and am currently running it again in 2020. 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. I run regular script-editing courses for SCREENSKILLS.
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, tributepodcasts.co.uk which has acted as a great showcase for several new, exciting dramatic writers. And I will be producing series 2 in 2020.