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How to write your screenplay

Guardian Masterclasses

Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (GMT)

How to write your screenplay

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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 acclaimed story editor Kate Leys and leading agent Nick Marston.

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 content

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 talk from celebrated story editor Kate Leys
  • A session from a leading writer's agent, Nick Marston of Curtis Brown, who will talk about how to get yourself noticed and working
  • In-depth interview and Q&A sessions with leading screenwriters. 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

Kate Leys
is a script editor who works mainly on feature films. She has been head of development at several companies including Film4, where she was based for five years, commissioning and developing films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Trainspotting and The Full Monty.

Nick Marston is chairman of the Theatre, Film and Television department at talent agency Curtis Brown and one of Britain's leading agents of writers and directors. Nick's clients include the writers Rowan Joffe, Enda Walsh and Hossein Amini.

More speakers to be added.

Host profile

Dave Calhoun is the Film editor at Time Out London. He has written on film for The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, Sight & Sound and other publications, and he regularly broadcasts on Sky TV and BBC Radio and TV and hosts film events at cinemas across London. He was previously Deputy editor of Dazed & Confused magazine.


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When & Where

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

Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (GMT)

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Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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