How To Generate Ideas, Create Characters and Kick-Start Your Writing

I’m delighted to announce a re-launch of this one-day journey into writing inspiration.

This course is designed for anyone interested in dramatic writing – whether in TV, film, theatre or radio (from complete beginner to experienced writer). It is all about generating ideas – you come to the day with no preparation, no pre-planned story ideas – and go away at the end of what will be an intensive, interactive, packed, but hopefully very enjoyable day, with some new & exciting ideas, and ready to inject a fresh spark of creativity and energy into your dramatic writing ambitions.

This one-day course will teach you a mass of techniques for cutting through those days you think you’d rather break rocks for a living.

Here is some of the feedback I’ve got for this course so far:-

“Your exercises helped to generate some great instant and original stories that would have taken weeks and weeks of slaving over a hot computer to come up with on our own, if at all! As a result I have some ideas bubbling away that I’ll continue to work on.”


“Really enjoyed working and sharing ideas with great people…Got my brain and confidence going again…”


“What stands out is the amazing fact that we were able to create life stories for imaginary people from nothing but our imagination over the course of only a couple of hours…”


“It was fun, enlightening and overseen by a man who delivers his wisdom without ego and in a very caring set-up…”

Who Needs Inspiration?

Every writer at some point or other will feel the well running slightly dry.

Well, fear writer’s block no longer. This brand new course is all about kick-starting a flood of new ideas for your dramatic writing.

Whether you’re a screenwriter, playwright or radio dramatist, whether you’re deep in the blues of a second act that won’t come clear, or whether you’ve been staring at a sheet of blank paper for weeks, the idea is that you come to the day with no preparation, no pre-planned story ideas, no anything beyond an open mind.

In return, we promise to give you an intensive, action-packed (and, we hope, highly enjoyable!) day and to send you away with a ton of exciting new ideas!

When And Where?

Sunday February 7th 2016, 10.15- 5.15, Central London – at Birkbeck College, the University of London, in Malet St, London WC1E 7HX. And I’ll be available in a nearby pub afterwards to carry on the conversation!

What’s It All About?

IMG_7810We’re going to be doing a whole set of different creative, idea-generating exercises – focusing on:

  • Story ideas – the big ideas that will form the basis of a really strong logline/central narrative idea to your work.
  • Character – exercises that will engender the creation of unique and memorable characters.
  • Idea-generating techniques – we will explore in depth the sort of techniques you need to develop, the techniques that you need to be using endlessly as professional writers to kick-start new projects and to awaken your creative instincts.
  • Other Media – we will be looking at how you can use other media and unlikely areas of everyday life to access and consider universal story ideas.
  • Writing exercises – we will be doing instant writing exercises to unlock your creativity.
  • Inspirational Guest speaker – will talk about how he generates his ideas, and where his dramatic inspiration comes from.

It’s going to be immensely interactive, you’re going to have to think on your feet, discuss and brainstorm with other writers, and generally open yourself up to your deepest creativity. And it will be fun!

The course is run in a supportive, constructive, positive and ego-free environment.

We hope it’ll make a great change from sitting on your own staring at a screen!


Regina Moriarty grew up in Lewisham and studied fine art photography. She worked as a Probation Service tutor in South London for over ten years. In 2012 she graduated from the National Film and Television School with an MA in Screenwriting. She was on the 2013 Channel 4 screenwriting course and is part of the 2014 Royal Court writers group.

She was a finalist in the iFeatures Development Scheme 2012. Her broadcast credits include Channel 4’s ‘Coming Up’ scheme 2013 – ‘Sammy’s War’ and ‘Murdered By My Boyfriend’, a one hour drama documentary BBC3/BBC1 July 2014.

She has projects in development with ITV, Lookout Point, Bonafide Films and Buckland productions.

She was Recipient of the Arts Foundation Fellowship in Screenwriting 2013.


I have vast experience as script editor (Waking The Dead, BBC, Inspector Morse, ITV + many other shows) and producer (Margery & Gladys, Making Waves, First Sign Of Madness, all ITV) and as script consultant ( working with many different writers and production companies.

I currently run (and initiated) the annual Channel 4 screenwriting course (now in its 6th year). I recently ran a week-long screenwriting workshop (for the BBC) for new film-makers in the Middle East, I run regular script-editing courses for the Indie training Fund, I am one of the 10 ‘Masters’ behind the new MA Dramatic Writing course at Central St Martins \ Drama Centre, London; and I have taught screenwriting courses recently at Bath Spa University, De Montfort University Leicester and Grey Advertising Agency, London.

Places Strictly Limited to 20!

We want everyone who comes to the course to feel they get heard and to get the maximum out of it, so we have a strict limit on the number of people we will let in!


The first 10 people to book their places on the course will receive a FREE SCREENWRITING BOOK on the day.

What Does It Cost?

For this whole day of creativity boosting exercises, plus hearing all about how an outstanding modern writer gets her ideas and her inspiration, we’re asking just £89. No ‘Early Bird’ discount complications – JUST AN INCREDIBLY REASONABLE PRICE.





As both the June and November 2014, and Feb 2015 courses sold out some weeks in advance of the course, EARLY BOOKING IS ADVISED.

Sunday Feb 7th 2016. THE SUNDAY FEB 7th 2016 course has now SOLD OUT.

I look forward to seeing you there…

Phil Shelley

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