EMMA PRITCHARD – DRAMATIC WRITING + PASTA

Hi There, This week a guest newsletter from playwright and screenwriter, EMMA PRITCHARD. Emma was on the Channel 4 screenwriting course in 2019. She has a number of commissions for both theatre and TV projects and you can enjoy her writing on the brilliant HOLY SH!T podcast series – https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/holy-sh-t/id1544416779 ‘When Philip asked if I […]

CHANNEL 4 SCREENWRITING COURSE 2021 – GUEST SPEAKER NOTES

Hi There, At the end of January we had three days on zoom with a number of industry guests for the 1st ‘weekend’ of the 2021 CHANNEL 4 SCREENWRITING COURSE. This is an opportunity for the writers and script editors to learn more about TV drama – both the craft and the industry – from […]

JOE WILLIAMS – BEST FILMS OF 2020

Hi There, This week, I’m delighted to share with you JOE WILLIAMS’s selection of the best films of the last year. This has become a bit of an annual tradition and I’m so grateful to Joe for taking the time to write this. So many brilliant recommendations! I’d also like to take a moment to […]

CHANNEL 4 SCREENWRITING COURSE 2021 – READER FEEDBACK PART 2

Hi There, This week, the 2nd part of the readers’ feedback about the script submissions for the 2021 Channel 4 screenwriting course. The Originality Myth This year, each reader leapt headfirst into five-hundred of your scripts. Although we all – by the very nature of the work – had different experiences, in our meetings it […]

4SCREENWRITING – READER FEEDBACK FOR WRITERS Part 1

Hi There, I want to wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR and let’s hope it’s a big improvement on 2020 (despite rather unpromising first impressions!). This week and in the next newsletter on Jan 22nd I’m sharing with you feedback from the script readers on 4screenwriting 2021. I had some brilliant readers this […]

THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE 4SCREENWRITING – Sarah Milton

Hey! I’m Sarah Milton and I was on the 2019 4Screenwriting course. Do you remember that year? It’s when we weren’t all drowning in hand sanitiser and could hang out in the same room as our friends. What a world! Pandemic aside though, Philip has kindly asked me to write a guest blog. When he […]

REJECTION – Annalisa D’Innella guest blog

Hi There, This week a guest blog by screenwriter ANNALISA D’INNELLA, who has been on the Channel 4 screenwriting course this year. Annalisa is working on original projects with several independent production companies.  She also has a series in development with Channel 4.  She is represented by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.   ——————————————– Looking through the […]

CHANNEL 4 SCREENWRITING COURSE 2021 – UPDATE

Hi There, CHANNEL 4 SCREENWRITING COURSE 2021 – UPDATE Because of the huge number of scripts we received this year, the timetable for the interviews has been pushed back. The interviews won’t now be taking place until well into December. We won’t be getting in touch with anyone for a few weeks yet. As discussed […]

ONE PAGE PITCHES – THE SEQUEL

Hi There, MORE ON ONE PAGE PITCHES I know this is an area I’ve discussed in the past – but here are a few more observations inspired by 2 zoom sessions I ran recently with a BBC writers room group. In session 1 we talked about some of the principles behind effective, successful pitches. Then […]

STORY

Hi There, With my team of eight excellent script readers, I am now well into the very enjoyable process of reading scripts from the 2021Channel 4 screenwriting course applications. We received far more scripts than we’ve ever received and already I’m struck by the high quality of the submissions. The range, imagination and originality of […]