One Day Introduction to Screenwriting
Date: Sunday 12th March, 2023
Venue: Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
A one-day introduction to, and celebration of, the wonderful art of SCREENWRITING.
This one-day course is designed for entry-level screenwriters. You don’t need to have any screenwriting experience to take this course BUT it is ALSO suitable for more experienced screenwriters. It will be an inspiring and re-energizing refresher, reminding you of everything that is exciting about screenwriting.
This will not be as interactive and participatory as my two-day courses – but there will be an opportunity to ask questions of the speaker at the end of every session.
The day (10.00 am to 5.00 pm) will be followed up by a relaxed, non-pressured networking event in a nearby pub (5.15 – 7.30 pm). Here you can meet and share experiences with each other and other specially invited industry professionals in a more relaxed setting and ask any further questions that you have. Above all, it will also be a great opportunity to meet and talk to the other writers on the course.
Schedule for the Day
10.00 – INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE – and a celebration of the best screenwriting.
10.30 – WHAT IS SCREENWRITING? a nuts-and-bolts examination of how to write a screenplay – from outlines, treatments & pitches, formatting and laying out your script.
11.30 – BREAK
11.45 – 1.00 SCREENWRITING PRINCIPLES & TIPS – how story-telling works on screen – with a series of clips to illustrate the principles discussed. The elements of a screenplay – story, character, dialogue, structure, genre/tone, stylistic devices, format, etc.
1.00 – 2.00 LUNCH
2.00 – 3.30 ANALYSIS OF A SCREENPLAY + TV EPISODE
Acclaimed TV & Film producer LAURENCE BOWEN – managing director of leading UK production company Dancing Ledge Productions, maker of shows such as – THE RESPONDER (BBC), THE SALISBURY POISONINGS (BBC), WEDDING SEASON (Disney+), CROSSFIRE (BBC) will undertake a SCRIPT-TO-SCREEN analysis of a favourite TV episode or feature film, using clips.
(NB: We will let you know which show Laurence will be analysing/discussing so that you can watch in advance of the course.)
He will also answer questions about his own work as a producer and about working with so many amazing screenwriters.
3.30 – BREAK
3.45 – 4.45 LIFE AS A WORKING SCREENWRITER
Screenwriter KITTY PERCY will talk about – Peer support – Knowing the industry – Educational & Inspirational Opportunities — Showcasing your work – Networking. And her career to date (CHANNEL 4 SCREENWRITING COURSE, SHE WILL, BELGRAVIA, etc see biog below) and how she progressed from beginner to successful, working screenwriter.
4.45 – 5.00 Q & A SESSION – your chance to ask any screenwriting question – either following up on issues raised during the day or any questions on issues not covered.
BUMPER COURSE HANDOUTS WILL BE EMAILED TO EACH DELEGATE
Once you have paid, we will email to confirm your place on the course.
Meet the Course Instructors...
I have run the C4 screenwriting course for the last 12 years and am currently running it again in 2023. 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. I have run several courses for BBC writers room (in London, Cardiff and Salford). Among many others, I have run courses for Warner Bros in London, BBC Studios, De Montfort University Leicester and Vice UK, Screenskills. I now run regular script-editing courses for training organisation ‘Think Bigger’.
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 (eg Bryncoed Productions, Renegade Pictures, Silver Reel and Conker Films).
I have always hugely enjoyed working with screenwriters and helping them find their place in the industry. For instance, I produced and launched the podcasts series, tributepodcasts.co.uk which has acted as a great showcase for several new, exciting dramatic writers.
Laurence is a multi BAFTA Award winning and Emmy nominated Producer who most recently executive produced The Salisbury Poisonings for BBC1, the UK episodes of The New Pope starring Jude Law and John Malkovich, Porters for UKTV/Dave and The Eichmann Show for BBC2 starring Martin Freeman, Anthony LaPaglia and Rebecca Front.
He was presented with the Monte Carlo International Producer Of The Year Award, has won RTS, Broadcast and Chicago Film Festival Awards, received Prix Jeunesse, Rose D’or, Emmy and BANFF nominations and last year won The Japan Prize.
His work includes Suburban Shootout (starring Tom Hiddleston, Ruth Wilson, Anna Chancellor, Amelia Bullmore and Felicity Montagu), Stone Scissors Paper(starring Juliet Stevenson and Ken Stott), Dual Balls(starring Lesley Manville), Gates (starring Tom Ellis, Joanne Page and Sue Johnston), Miranda (starring Christina Ricci, John Simm, John Hurt, Kyle MacLachlan and Julian Rhind-Tutt), My Life As A Popat (starring Kulvinder Ghir and Shaheen Khan) and The English Harem (starring Art Malik and Martine McCutcheon).
Kitty is an award-winning screenwriter known both for original work and for adaptations in film and TV. Her acclaimed debut feature SHE WILL (dir. Charlotte Colbert, starring Alice Krige, Rupert Everett and Malcom McDowell) had a London Film Festival premiere, followed by a worldwide theatrical release last year.
Her original TV drama TROUBLE, created for 4Screenwriting, is in development with Synchronicity Films. She has original projects with indies including Silverprint (ITV Studios) and Wild Mercury, and writes for shows such as Julian Fellowes’ BELGRAVIA and BBC series SISTER BONIFACE MYSTERIES.
Her book-to-screen commissions include THE GATECRASHER, from the novel by Sophie Kinsella and DARKNESS FALLS, adapted from ‘The Vanishing of Katharina Linden’ by Helen Grant.
Kitty is also developing a short film from her own prize-winning script, which she hopes to direct later this year.
Philip Shelley has a wealth of experience which he delivers with generous clarity – thank you!
If you want to be a screenwriter, then you should seriously consider attending one of Philip’s courses. You won’t be disappointed.
The organisation was of a high standard and we had access to a very useful networking event in the evening. We met many past graduates of Phil’s longer course and industry professionals; again testimony to Phil’s reputation that so many attended and gave their time and spoke with us so generously. Left me hungry for more. Now to sign up for the two-day course – Yes, it was that good and worth every penny or pound…!
My head was buzzing when I left and I hardly slept (which is a good thing) as I was thinking about all the idea’s I have. I would recommend this course to anyone who is looking to gain some direction and help with their scriptwriting. I cannot wait until the next two-day course.
The networking afterwards was very insightful. The writers and producers that were there, gave me some great tips and hints on what to do next with my scripts.
Thank you, Philip, and everyone else who attended to make this course a fantastic day.