Birkbeck Screenwriting Summer School 2019 - The Writer and the Industry

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Malet St, Bloomsbury



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July 12th - 15th 2019

A free Birkbeck College weekend Summer School on Screenwriting with Screenwriters: Barbara Cox, Paul Gallagher, Ken Williams, Mark Norfolk, Frazer Lee, Tanya Nash, and Ross Clarke.

FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND MONDAY SESSIONS - Open to all Birkbeck BA Film and Media students, Creative Writing students, MA/PG Cert Screenwriting students, Alumni and guests.

SUNDAY SESSIONS - Open to Birkbeck MA Screenwriting students and Birkbeck Screenwriting Alumni only, unless by prior arrangement.

Session topics and students may be changed.

Friday 12th July - WORKING IN THE WORLD

Room MAL 532 Malet Street
Paul Gallagher, Tanya Nash, Mark Norfolk

11am -1pm - Adaptation & True Life Stories

Topics include: Copyright, Agreements, Novels, Research, Finding Structure, Pitfalls.

1pm - Audience Questions

2:30pm - 5pm - Writing from Life

A series of three writing exercises to uncover the thinking of the creative screenwriter.

  1. Research, interviewing, and dialogue
  2. Visual logic, observation, time and scene sequencing
  3. The Inner person , choices, decisions, emotions, psychological changes

Saturday 13th July - WORKING IN THE INDUSTRY

Room MAL 532 Malet Street
Barbara Cox, Paul Gallagher, Ken Williams

11am - 12.30pm - The Working Writer

Topics include: Organizing your time, and your money. Different kinds of writing and commissions. Copyright, High and Low concept ideas. What to write, what the industry is looking for. Collecting stories. Synopses. Readings, Getting feedback. Rewriting.

1.30 - 3pm - Working with Others

TV and film practice - markets, games, internet, co-writing, approaching and working with companies. Covering letters, pitching, meetings and contracts. Working with directors, actors, script editors, producers, agents, fees and payments, lawyers, managers. Developing your career.

3pm - Audience Questions

4pm - 5pm - Ross Clarke (Writer, Producer and Director)

Guest Speaker on working in the IndustryHis credits include: The Bird Catcher 2019, Desiree 2015, Valtari Mystery (Short) 2013, Heroes & Demons (co-director) 2012, Sam Taylor Wood's Nowhere Boy 2019 (TV Movie documentary), Skid Row 2007 (Documentary)


Room MAL 532 Malet Street

Ken Williams, Paul Gallagher, Tanya Nash.

Two workshop sessions where the principles and practice of storytelling and pitching are addressed and participants are then asked to deliver their projects in a story or a pitch, and then receive feedback from the panel.

11am -1:30pm - Storytelling

How to tell a story - with a storytelling workshop

2:30pm - 4:30pm - Pitching

How to pitch – with a pitching workshop

4:30pm - 5pm - Audience Questions


Room B20 Malet Street
Paul Gallagher, Tanya Nash, Frazer Lee.

6pm - 8pm - Principles and Practice of Rewriting

Writing Drafts. Stories and Texts. Prose and Script. Genres, Audiences and Themes. Is it Film or TV or what? What and when do you write and rewrite - outlines, treatments, and different drafts of scripts? How do you make a good script great? Writing for the Industry. Reading scripts, different kinds of reader? Feedback from others on Script. Script editing. Other writers. The Film Industry and Project Development.

8:15pm - 9pm - Audience Questions


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