Two Day Screenwriting Course
Venue: Birkbeck College, the University of London, Malet St, London WC1E 7HX
I’m delighted to announce that I will be running my 2 day SCREENWRITING COURSE twice in London this year. This course concentrates 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.
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.
Overview of the Course
Telling your Story - Craft & Career
The course will be like a mini-writers festival as we will have THREE different GUEST SPEAKER sessions over the two days.
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 (October) / ARCHIE MADDOCKS (November) – Crafting A Screenplay
Supplementing this 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?
TV SERIES. The keys to developing what every single drama-producing indie is looking for – an original, compelling returnable one hour series.
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.
JULIA TYRRELL, literary agent, JULIA TYRRELL MANAGEMENT – 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.
ANNA SYMON (October) / CHANDNI LAKHANI (November) – the writer will discuss their career – the writing work they have done across TV, theatre, radio, etc. They 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.
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 & Where
Next course date to be confirmed.
Central London – at Birkbeck College, the University of London, 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.
Meet the Course Instructors...
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.
ARCHIE MADDOCKS, screenwriter, alumnus of the Channel 4 screenwriting course 2018, and stand-up comedian.
Archie is an emerging screenwriter and playwright with his work already having been produced at the Bush Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Orange Tree Theatre, Royal Court, and in New York at the New Light Theatre. He was commissioned by the Bush for a full length play and is also currently writing a new play for Northern Stage as one of two playwrights commissioned under the Revolution Mix scheme: an initiative to increase the presence of BAME stories on the stage.
Archie’s most recent play A PLACE FOR WE was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize from a submission pile of 1900 and was also shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award.
In 2017 he was a part of the BBC Writers Room “London Voices” and in 2018 he was selected as part of the prestigious 4Screenwriting course. He was also named as Writer in Residence at BBC Radio Drama London Production.
2018 saw Archie get commissioned by Vertigo Films to develop a feature about moped gangs as well as get commissioned for a TV episode by Moonage and Tiger Aspect on their new show INTERGALACTIC for Sky.
He’s currently in formal development with several production companies, including Tiger Aspect, Wall To Wall and Working Title TV.
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.
CHANDNI LAKHANI – screenwriter and playwright with an established background in television script development.
Chandni’s writing career began as a script editor on the Emmy-winning Netflix series Black Mirror, where she helped develop episodes such as San Junipero and USS Callister, alongside writing her own spec scripts. She is currently writing on Riz Ahmed’s epic drama Englistan for BBC Two, as well as having written an episode of the upcoming Dublin Murders by Sarah Phelps for Euston Films/BBC One, based on the acclaimed Tana French crime-thriller novels.
Chandni completed the Channel 4Screenwriting course in 2018 and was also listed on the BBC New Talent Hotlist in 2017 after being attached to BBC Writersroom’s Drama Room scheme. Her first play Hema Anjali won Red Dragonfly’s Taking Flight New Writing Competition in 2017 and was performed at the New Diorama Theatre in London.
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.
JULIA TYRRELL – Literary Agent (Julia Tyrrell Management)
Julia 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.
JESSICA STEWART – Literary Agent (Independent Talent).
Jessica Stewart is a literary agent at Independent Talent Group, working with a list of established and emerging writers, directors, and producers in film, television and theatre.