GENERAL MEETINGS FOR SCREENWRITERS

Hi There, This fortnight I’m doing something I haven’t done before – recycling an old newsletter. So this is an adapted / extended version of a newsletter I sent out in 2018, which I’d completely forgotten I’d written – before a writer told me that her agent had sent a copy of it to her! […]

Storytelling lessons from THE RESCUE

  Hi There, One of the most memorable films I have seen in the last few months, one that has really stuck with me, was a documentary, THE RESCUE. I was so excited by this film – it is the most wonderful piece of storytelling. I actually watched the film during the process of reading […]

TRAINING FOR SCREENWRITERS – your responses

Hi There, A huge thank you to everyone who took the time and trouble to respond to LILY SHAHMOON’S newsletter 2 weeks ago about the tricky issues around creative writing university courses and about the pros and cons of various different forms of training for screenwriters. Today, I have collated some of these responses (I […]

MA OR NOT MA? TRAINING FOR DRAMATIC WRITING – LILY SHAHMOON

Hi There, This week, a guest blog from writer / script editor LILY SHAHMOON. Lily has been a script reader and shadow script editor on the Channel 4 screenwriting course and is also a very talented dramatic writer (she had an excellent play on at the Southwark Playhouse in 2020 – unfortunately for her just […]

THE DRAMATIC PROPOSITION

  Hi There, One of the things I’ve been thinking about recently in scripts / stories is the question of the DRAMATIC PROPOSITION of a show. Prompted by the work I’m doing with my three excellent Channel 4 screenwriting course writers and a particular pilot episode I watched recently. The show in question is ONLY […]

script-consultant.co.uk – NEWS

  Hi There, I hope you’re on, or are about to have, a good break, a chance to recharge your creative batteries! In this newsletter I’m focusing on my website – script-consultant.co.uk – and some recent additions / initiatives. THIS NEWSLETTER https://script-consultant.co.uk/blog/ I have now been writing these regular newsletters (every fortnight, previously every week) […]

James Capel – The happy accident that transformed my writing

Hi There, This week I’m enormously grateful to screenwriter JAMES CAPEL for writing this guest newsletter. James is the founder of the screenwriting community SCRIBE LOUNGE – and I think there are lessons for all of us in his story of how he came to set up SCRIBE LOUNGE and what it has meant for […]

POLITICAL STORIES

Hi There, This fortnight, the final guest article from the 7 script readers for the 2022 Channel 4 screenwriting course by Sylvie Markes (as you’ll see, written a little while ago!). Sylvie is a shadow script editor on 4screenwriting 2022. She works in development at Bonafide Films and has recently wrapped as Assistant Script Editor […]

STORY IN A TIME OF WAR

Story in a time of war You don’t need me to tell you that we’re living through dark times. The last few years have brought us the madness and national self-destruction of Brexit, an unthinkable and ongoing global pandemic, the growing and real threat of the climate emergency – and now, to add to the […]

SCRIPT READER FEEDBACK PART 5 – voice, voiceover, breaking the 4th wall & more

  Hi There, This week, Part 5 of the feedback from the script readers from the 2022 CHANNEL 4 SCREENWRITING COURSE, first by NADIA ATTIA, and then by TOM WILLIAMS ‘Many of my fellow readers in previous blog posts have already highlighted the do’s and don’ts that become apparent when you read 400 scripts over […]