Script Editing 101 (8 week workshop)

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Skriva Writing School

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

25 Palmerston Place

Edinburgh

EH12 5AP

United Kingdom

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Whether you are a writer or work in production development, learn the vital skills of script development, editing and redrafting

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TUESDAY EVENINGS 6.30pm to 8.30pm for 8 weeks starting Tuesday 15 October finish Tuesday 3 December 2019

TICKETS: Freelance/Individuals: £195.00 

TICKETS: Industry employees: £500.00

Script writing, they say, is rewriting. The art of script editing is a key skill in developing screenplays ready for production (or submission to commissioners). Due to popular demand, this new 8-week course re-runs to give you the skills of script assessment, development, editing and rewriting.

Perhaps you are a screenwriter and want to know how to get to the best draft. Or maybe your ambition is to work in film or TV production in script development. This course is good for both writers looking to improve their own screenwriting and those looking to pursue script editing as a career.

This course will demystify the process of analysing a script, editing for rewriting, and working with writers:

  • The important things to look for in any screenplay
  • How to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses
  • How to write coverage reports
  • How to work with script development notes
  • How to help the writer to write their story and connect with their audience

We will cover both film and television. Students will work with real scripts (provided) and get the chance to act as both writers and script editors – giving you experience of both sides of the development table. We will look at some case studies too of examples where the script has worked and some where it hasn’t – giving us the chance to be problem solvers. 

Writers will be able to transfer these skills to their own screenplays; and potential developers will be able to use these skills to springboard their careers as script editors or creative development producers.

The course schedule looks like this:

  1. how to read a screenplay – what to look for and how to pinpoint what is working or not working
  2. how to write script feedback reports
  3. the key principles: concept
  4. the key principles: structure
  5. the key principles: character
  6. getting to the good stuff – how to ask the right questions and approach the rewrite
  7. workshopping scripts
  8. working in development – how to be a professional writer; how to get started as a script editor

By the end of the 8-week course, screenwriters will be able to write better drafts of their scripts; and others will have the right skills to pursue work as a script developer.

Who should attend this course? Screenwriters looking to improve their scripts and battle through rewrites. Anyone looking to work in creative development, production or script editing.

Widening Access, Inclusion and Representation

Skriva aims to assist the industry as they work towards best practice by encouraging inclusion and better representation of our society in its creative practitioners. Applications are therefore particularly encouraged from talented people from groups under-represented in Film and TV, which can include:

  • People from a BAME background
  • People with mental health issues
  • LGBTI people and communities
  • People who have no Higher Education Degree but whose work experience can transfer well
  • People who are the first person in their family and friends of family to enter the industry

Tutor:  Douglas Dougan began his career writing for series television at BBC, Channel Five & ITV (Casualty, Family Affairs, Doctors, River City, The Bill, Kingdom). In 2006, he set up his own independent production company based in Edinburgh. Among their credits are the BAFTA award-winning Run, Tony, Run! and BBC Three Award winner Mono. Douglas works regularly as a script editor and script consultant on UK film and television productions including the multi-BAFTA award winning dramas Margaret, Small Island, Five Minutes of Heaven, Occupation, Sex ‘n’ Drugs ‘n’ Rock & Roll and '71.

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Skriva Writing School

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

25 Palmerston Place

Edinburgh

EH12 5AP

United Kingdom

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