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An introduction to screenwriting

Guardian Masterclasses

Sunday, November 24, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (GMT)

An introduction to screenwriting

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From plotting your first draft to pitching your script to a producer, this comprehensive one day seminar covers everything you need to know about screenwriting. Learn the basics of the art – and the business – of writing scripts from our panel of world-class experts, including writers Joanna Hogg (Archipelago), Christopher Hampton (Atonement) and Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette), producer Stephen Woolley (The End of the Affair) and leading agent Matthew Bates (whose clients include Andrea Arnold).

If you want to start writing screenplays, or just want to know how other people do it, this is a rare opportunity to pick the brains of some of the film industry's leading talents.

Course Description

This full-day event features talks from a panel of experts and explores all angles of the screenwriting process, from writing to pitching to working with agents. There will also be the chance to ask questions. This is a rare opportunity to hear from some of the film industry's leading talents about how they write for film and how you can too.

- Keynote talks from Oscar-winning writer Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons) and Bafta-winning producer Stephen Woolley (The End of the Affair).

- A session from a leading writer's agent, Matthew Bates of Sayle Screen, who will talk about how to get yourself noticed and working.

- In-depth interview and Q&A sessions with leading screenwriters Joanna Hogg (Unrelated) and Hanif Kureishi (My Son the Fanatic). They will share their own experiences and offer practical advice on topics varying from character and dialogue to script structure and getting your work noticed.

This course is for you if…

You're an aspiring screenwriter, just starting out writing scripts or a curious film lover wishing to learn more about the craft of screenwriting.

Speaker profiles

Matthew Bates is a leading UK agent at Sayle Screen, where he represents writers and directors for film, TV and theatre. His clients include Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank), Carol Morley (Dreams of a Life), Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant) and Sally El Hosaini (My Brother the Devil).

Hanif Kureishi is a celebrated British novelist and screenwriter. His novels include The Buddha of Suburbia, The Black Album and Intimacy. His screenplays include My Beautiful Laundrette, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (both directed by Stephen Frears), The Mother, Venus and Le Week-End (all three directed by Roger Michell).

Christopher Hampton is a British playwright and screenwriter. His screenplays include Atonement (director, Joe Wright), A Dangerous Method (director, David Cronenberg) and Dangerous Liaisons (director, Stephen Frears). His plays include Savages, The Philanthropist, Treats and The Talking Cure.

Joanna Hogg is an acclaimed writer and director. Her celebrated three feature films are 'Unrelated' and 'Archipelago' (both starring Tom Hiddleston) and the upcoming 'Exhibition', which has its British premiere at the London Film Festival in October 2013.

Stephen Woolley has been a leading British film producer since the early 1980s. He has long produced the films of the director Neil Jordan, including Byzantium, The End of the Affair, The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire and Mona Lisa. His many other films as producer include Great Expectations, Made in Dagenham and Backbeat.


Dates: Sunday 24 November
Times: 10am-5pm
Location: The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU
Price: Early bird (limited) £99, Standard £129 (inclusive of VAT, lunch, refreshments and booking fees)
Event capacity: 100

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When & Where

The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Sunday, November 24, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (GMT)

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