Creativity for Scriptwriters
Venue: Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
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.
May 5th 2023: THE JUNE 18TH COURSE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED / SOLD OUT. Please get in touch if you’re interested in being on this course the next time I’m running it.
You’ll 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.
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!
What's it all about?
We’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 – I will be joined by the brilliant LISA CARROLL, graduate of the CHANNEL 4 SCREENWRITING COURSE, 2021. She will talk about how she generates ideas, and where her 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!
When & Where?
Sunday June 18th 2023, 10.00- 5.00, Central London. And I’ll be available in a nearby pub afterwards to carry on the conversation!
What does it Cost?
For this whole day of creativity boosting exercises, plus hearing all about how an outstanding modern writer gets their ideas and inspiration, we’re asking just £125. No ‘Early Bird’ discount complications – JUST AN INCREDIBLY REASONABLE PRICE!
Places are strictly limited to 20 as we want everyone who comes to the course to feel they get heard and to get the maximum out of it.
As this course usually sells out some weeks in advance of the course, EARLY BOOKING IS ADVISED.
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.
Lisa is an Irish playwright, screenwriter and comedian based in Surrey.
Recently, Lisa was Writer on Attachment at the RSC, and then Writer on Attachment at the National Theatre Studio. In 2021 Lisa was one of 12 participants selected for the Channel 4 Screenwriting Course.
In May 2023, Lisa’s second play, The Misandrist opens at the Arcola Theatre, directed by Bethany Pitts. ‘The Misandrist’ was shortlisted for the BBC Comedy Room, the BBC Writers Academy, and longlisted for Paines Plough’s Womens Playwriting Prize. Lisa was recently commissioned by Ireland’s national theatre, The Abbey Theatre, to write a new play. Lisa has also written a book with Milly Thomas, Making Your Solo Show: The Compact Guide, published by Nick Hern.
In 2018 Lisa’s play, ‘Cuckoo’ ran at the Soho Theatre, and she was a finalist for the Off-West-End’s Most Promising Playwright Award. ‘Cuckoo’ was also shortlisted for the Papatango Prize. Also in 2018, her half-hour comedy pilot KINK was longlisted for the Funny Women script writing awards. She was also selected to be part of Irish theatre company, Fishamble’s ‘A Play For Ireland’ Scheme, which celebrated the company’s 30th year by commissioning upcoming Irish playwrights.
Lisa’s short play ‘Snapdragon’ was performed at the Abbey Theatre in 2016 as part of the Future Tense commissions. She was also part of an invitation group at the Royal Court led by E.V.Crowe in the same year.
In comedy, Lisa recently made it to the semi-finals of the Gilded Balloon’s So You Think You’re Funny competition for emerging stand-up comedians, performing at the Edinburgh Fringe. Earlier in 2022, she was a finalist in the Comedy Virgins ‘Max Turner Prize’ competition for new comedians.