Taking Black Writers Seriously (TBWS) 2

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Are you a Black Writer in Britain interested in writing for tv and film?

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An introductory session with a Q & A to find out why choosing a career to create and write feature films and drama series for the screen is now a good choice if you have the desire and storytelling talent to reach wide audiences with your creative works. Alby James of production company, Dramatic Encounters About – Dramatic Encounters is considering offering a programme of workshops for interested writers that will take place early in 2022 if enough writers are interested. You need to commit to 5 x 3hr weekly teaching Zoom sessions to kickstart your journey for writing for the screen. At the end of the process you will get feedback on your project and those who demonstrate readiness for the next stage will be given an opportunity to develop their project further, with assistance.

This programme is suitable for writers with novel/memoir/short story mss that can be turned into scripts, as well as writers with original screenplay ideas.

Workshop details shared and supported by Kadija George Sesay of SABLE Litmag

Photo: Producers and participant writers on stage at The Young Vic Theatre for industry event Taking Black Writers Seriously Pitch Showcase during BFI London Film Festival 2020. Photo credit: Iyare Igiehon

From Alby James: Please listen to this 30 minute intervew before the event.

I’m sending you a link to an interview that Elvis Mitchell has done with actor, Rebecca Hall, on her writing and directing debut feature film, Passing, adapted from Nella Larson’s novel of the same name. I listen to Elvis’ programme, The Treatment on national public radio station KCRW.com in America every week as his obsession with story and film is the same as my own.

The Treatment explores with the directors, writers and sometimes actors, what the story is actually about, why the creator is interested in it and what insights the story and filmic interpretations the storyteller sought to bring to it to reflect a personal story. I know you will find this interesting and it is really a template for what I seek to discover from writers and in all films and series dramas that I watch.

Please give it a listen. It’s only half an hour. It will stimulate many questions and I look forward to hearing or seeing what you think.


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