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Everyone loves a good story.
In today's increasingly social world, the importance and power of storytelling has never been more crucial.
Whether you are a freelance, commercial or charity writer, independent author or published novelist, journalist, scriptwriter for film or TV, playwright, marketing or advertising executive, the need for creative professionals to understand the key principles behind a great story has never been more important.
During this immersive, full-day practical introduction to the importance of storytelling in fiction, nonfiction, drama and documentary, you will quickly learn the elements of classic story structure, character creation and development, and how to link scenes into compelling stories.
Hosted by acclaimed UK author and journalist Melanie McGrath, with additional expertise and insight provided by novelist and award-winning scriptwriter Deborah Moggach along with TV producer Fiona Caldwell, this truly unique and exciting event is designed exclusively for all creatives working with narrative.
10:00-10:30 Introduction to storytelling: Why tell stories? What makes a great story?
10:30-11:30 Classic story structure
11:45-12:45 Storytelling in the novel and on screen (Deborah Moggach)
14:00-14:45 Character, scenes and scenarios
14:45-15:45 Storytelling in documentary (Fiona Caldwell)
15:45-16:00 Recap and closing remarks
Host & Guest Speakers
Melanie McGrath is a full time writer, having enjoyed teaching creative writing at Roehampton University in London, at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in the USA and at The Arvon Foundation. After spells living, travelling and writing around the world, Melanie is now settled in London and on the Kent coast. Melanie won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1995 and is currently writing fiction, nonfiction, journalism and has also written and presented for TV and radio. Writing as MJ McGrath, Melanie is the author of the Edie Kiglatuk series of Arctic crime novels and co-founder Killer Women.
An acclaimed author and award-winning screenwriter, Deborah Moggach has written 18 novels, many of which she has adapted for TV and film. Her novel The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was made into the hit movie, and her historical novel Tulip Fever, starring Judie Dench and Alicia Vikander, is due for release this winter. Her adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley, was nominated for a BAFTA, and her latest novel, Something To Hide, is just out in paperback.
Fiona Caldwell is the Executive Producer of the BAFTA award winning Channel 4 series Grand Designs and a veteran producer of documentary series such as Great British Railway Journeys. As Executive Producer she is responsible for the the critically acclaimed series An Hour to Save Your Life and Dara and Ed's Great Big Adventure, both for BBC 2.
Limited Places / Early Bird Rate
To make the most of this practical writers workshop for all attendees, we have limited capacity to an absolute maximum of 30 people, so please make sure you register early to save your place and access the discounted rate (full price will be £189 once all 20 early bird places are taken).
Lunch & Refreshments
Refreshments throughout the day are included in the price of this event, along with lunch prepared in the award-winning kitchens of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.
This exclusive writers workshop takes place in the cultural quarter of London’s celebrated Southbank, just a few moments from LCCM's brand new purpose-built creative campus, The Music Box, opening in October 2017.