Sessions 2018

Sessions are now being added daily

Over the three days of the London Screenwriters’ Festival we will run over one hundred seminars, workshops and networking events for professional screenwriters. We film most sessions, so if you miss one, or two clash, you’ll be able to catch up later online. For updates about the festival, sign up below.

A rare and wonderful opportunity for people who love stories to get together and share ways of learning and ways of telling stories.

Angela Jameson, Screenwriter and Author

Angela Jameson, Screenwriter and Author

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Pitch at the Great British Pitchfest

Pitch at the Great British Pitchfest

This is your big moment… Pitch your killer project to professional producers and top agents. Past sessions have resulted in options AND representation!

If I hadn't come to the festival I wouldn't have improved as a writer, got an agent, and now I have a meeting at Hollyoaks about writing the show!

Hayley November, Screenwriter

Hayley November, Screenwriter

LSFIncubate

LSF Incubate: Writing With Greater Depth and Authenticity with Karol Grifiths (October 26th)

LSF Incubate: Writing With Greater Depth and Authenticity with Karol Grifiths (October 26th)

Are your great ideas often held back by your writing that can often feel uninspired, lacking depth, truth and brevity when it hits the page? Is there room to take your writing to even deeper, writing from a more authentic place?

LSF Incubate: Breaking Into TV, One Day Intensive Workshop with Linda Aronson (Oct 12th)

LSF Incubate: Breaking Into TV, One Day Intensive Workshop with Linda Aronson (Oct 12th)

SOLD OUT… Spend the day with Linda and seven other screenwriters as you experience and learn how to write for TV under pressure and deadlines.

LSF Incubate: John Yorke... Create a TV show in a day (September 21st)

LSF Incubate: John Yorke... Create a TV show in a day (September 21st)

Spend a day with John Yorke, workshopping story ideas and refining the process with greater depth as you create a brand new TV show. Experience rapid idea execution as it would happen in a real writers room.

LSF Incubate: Writing With Greater Depth and Authenticity with Karol Grifiths (Aug 31st)

LSF Incubate: Writing With Greater Depth and Authenticity with Karol Grifiths (Aug 31st)

SOLD OUT… Are your great ideas often held back by your writing that can often feel uninspired, lacking depth, truth and brevity when it hits the page? Is there room to take your writing to even deeper, writing from a more authentic place?

LSF Incubate: The Two Day Outline Incubator with Bob Schultz

LSF Incubate: The Two Day Outline Incubator with Bob Schultz

SOLD OUT… Turn your great ideas into fully structured, beat by beat, detailed blueprints so that you can easily hit that five pages a day first draft in a month. Have them rigorously interrogated at every stage to ensure they remain produceable and genre clear.

LSF Incubate: First Draft. A three month mentor led program to write your first, polished draft (July 20th to Oct 12th)

LSF Incubate: First Draft. A three month mentor led program to write your first, polished draft (July 20th to Oct 12th)

A three month workshop with intensive training and development weekends alongside mentoring and reading. Maximum of eight writers.

This is my fourth time at the LSF and it is as fresh and exciting as the first time

Edwina Tyrrell, Writer

Edwina Tyrrell, Writer

Screenwriting Practical help

PitchFest Bootcamp with Bob

PitchFest Bootcamp with Bob

Great American Pitchfest Guru Bob Schultz will start every day with a short 30 minute PitchFest bootcamp to get you ready for your pitch!

The Table Read was one of the most productive hours I have EVER spent on a script

John Handscombe, Writer, @JohnHandscombe

John Handscombe, Writer, @JohnHandscombe

Great British PitchFest

Hollywood Pitchfest via Skype

Hollywood Pitchfest via Skype

Pitch – face to face over Skype – with Hollywood producers and execs. Sessions are 90 minutes and you should get around 7 or 8 pitches in during that time.

The Elevator Pitch

The Elevator Pitch

Are you good enough to exit the elevator with the million dollar business card before the doors slide shut?

The Pitch Factor

The Pitch Factor

Have you got the Pitch Factor? Live from the London Screenwriters Festival, the Pitch Factor returns with CASH prizes and our very own motley crew of judges!

The result for me was 5 script requests, 4 treatment requests and a "call me". These opportunities are all down to the LSF

Dee Chilton, Screenwriter

Dee Chilton, Screenwriter

Beyond the workshop

Speed Networking – Fun, Fast and EFFECTIVE

Speed Networking – Fun, Fast and EFFECTIVE

Meet 30 new writers, producers and directors in our 90 minute speed networking event. Fast, FUN and designed to create powerful new relationships.

The LSF is my Christmas. Regent’s College is my second home.

Liz Holliday, Writer

Liz Holliday, Writer

Open and Close

Festival Opening

Festival Opening

Get fully prepped to get the most from the festival in this kick ass opening that will frame your three day roller coaster. NOT TO BE MISSED!

LondonSWF Close

LondonSWF Close

Join the team for the FABULOUS close of the festival and our promise for the next year ahead.

The London Screenwriters’ Festival is THE place to learn, share and network. What you give out you get back in SPADES!

Elinor Petty-Smith

Elinor Petty-Smith

Cool tools

All year I mostly get to be someone's mother, someone's partner, someone's friend. At LSF, for three whole days, I get to be me

Rachel McAdam, Writer

Rachel McAdam, Writer

Social Connection

Networking Drinks In The Refrectory

Networking Drinks In The Refrectory

Don’t be shy – grab a beer and break out those business cards!

Unofficial Post Festival Drinks At The Globe

Unofficial Post Festival Drinks At The Globe

Unofficial Post Festival Drinks At The Globe Pub on Baker Street

The Festival generates enough creative energy to light up Regent’s Park. If you’re serious about writing, do yourself a favour and get involved in this fantastic event.

Ted Tally (‘Silence Of The Lambs’)

Ted Tally (‘Silence Of The Lambs’)

Festival Week: Additional One Day Masterclasses

Pitching Thursday (*evening*) at LondonSWF (April 16th 2020)

Pitching Thursday (*evening*) at LondonSWF (April 16th 2020)

Don’t fall at the first hurdle. Prepare for an extraordinary PitchFest at the LSF by joining pitch guru Bob Schultz who will transform your pitch so you can present professionally and with confidence.

I’ve felt like royalty being part of Talent Campus and gained amazing friends along the way.

Sarah Cassidy, Screenwriter

Sarah Cassidy, Screenwriter

Additional Courses, Workshops and Masterclasses

Breaking Into Script Reading, 2 day workshop with Lucy V Hay (May 2nd & 3rd 2020)

Breaking Into Script Reading, 2 day workshop with Lucy V Hay (May 2nd & 3rd 2020)

An intensive two-day workshop that breaks down the art and craft of reading scripts to help improve your own writing, to also improve your feedback for other writers and most importantly, to earn you money as a professional reader.

Pitching Thursday (eve) at LondonSWF (April 16th 2020)

Pitching Thursday (eve) at LondonSWF (April 16th 2020)

Don’t fall at the first hurdle. Prepare for an extraordinary PitchFest at the LSF by joining pitch guru Bob Schultz who will transform your pitch so you can present professionally and with confidence.

Advanced Structure: 2 day Masterclass with John Yorke (Nov 30th and Dec 1st)

Advanced Structure: 2 day Masterclass with John Yorke (Nov 30th and Dec 1st)

From Procedural to Longform, terrestrial to Netflix and beyond…Two day screenwriting masterclass and workshop with the outstanding John Yorke.

The Craft: Advanced Fundamentals of Screenwriting with Lucy V Hay

The Craft: Advanced Fundamentals of Screenwriting with Lucy V Hay

The Craft: Advanced Fundamentals of Screenwriting is a must for any writer who needs to get laser focus on their actual pages and elevate their projects from ‘good’ to ‘recommend’. So, buckle up and prepare to massively transform your writing!  

The Table Read was one of the most productive hours I have EVER spent on a script

John Handscombe, Writer, @JohnHandscombe

John Handscombe, Writer, @JohnHandscombe

To be revealed before LSF'18

Herringham H243 Friday 10:30am

Herringham H243 Friday 10:30am

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Herringham H243 Friday 2:00pm

Herringham H243 Friday 2:00pm

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Herringham H243 Friday 3:30pm

Herringham H243 Friday 3:30pm

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Herringham H243 Friday 5:00pm

Herringham H243 Friday 5:00pm

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Herringham H243 Friday 6:30pm

Herringham H243 Friday 6:30pm

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Herringham H243 Saturday 10:30am

Herringham H243 Saturday 10:30am

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Herringham H243 Saturday 2.00pm

Herringham H243 Saturday 2.00pm

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Herringham H243 Saturday 3.30pm

Herringham H243 Saturday 3.30pm

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Herringham H243 Saturday 3:30pm

Herringham H243 Saturday 3:30pm

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Herringham H243 Saturday 5pm

Herringham H243 Saturday 5pm

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Herringham H243 Saturday 6:30pm

Herringham H243 Saturday 6:30pm

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Herringham H243 Sunday 10:30am

Herringham H243 Sunday 10:30am

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Herringham H243 Sunday 2.00pm

Herringham H243 Sunday 2.00pm

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Herringham H243 Sunday 3.30pm

Herringham H243 Sunday 3.30pm

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Herringham Hall Friday 10:45am

Herringham Hall Friday 10:45am

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Herringham Hall Friday 2pm

Herringham Hall Friday 2pm

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Herringham Hall Friday 3.30pm

Herringham Hall Friday 3.30pm

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Herringham Hall Friday 5pm

Herringham Hall Friday 5pm

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Herringham Hall Saturday 10:30am

Herringham Hall Saturday 10:30am

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Herringham Hall Saturday 2pm

Herringham Hall Saturday 2pm

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Herringham Hall Saturday 3.30pm

Herringham Hall Saturday 3.30pm

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Herringham Hall Saturday 5pm

Herringham Hall Saturday 5pm

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Herringham Hall Saturday 6.30pm

Herringham Hall Saturday 6.30pm

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Herringham Hall Saturday 9am

Herringham Hall Saturday 9am

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Herringham Hall Sunday 10:30am

Herringham Hall Sunday 10:30am

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Herringham Hall Sunday 2pm

Herringham Hall Sunday 2pm

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Herringham Hall Sunday 3.30pm

Herringham Hall Sunday 3.30pm

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Herringham Hall Sunday 9am

Herringham Hall Sunday 9am

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Tuke Cinema Friday 10:30am

Tuke Cinema Friday 10:30am

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Tuke Cinema Friday 2:00pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 2:00pm

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Tuke Cinema Friday 3:30pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 3:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Friday 5pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 5pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 10:30am

Tuke Cinema Saturday 10:30am

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 2pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 2pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 3:30pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 3:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 5pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 5pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 6:30pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 6:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 10:30am

Tuke Cinema Sunday 10:30am

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 2pm

Tuke Cinema Sunday 2pm

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 3:30pm

Tuke Cinema Sunday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 10:30am

Tuke Hall Friday 10:30am

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Tuke Hall Friday 2pm

Tuke Hall Friday 2pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 3:30pm

Tuke Hall Friday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 5pm

Tuke Hall Friday 5pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 6:30pm

Tuke Hall Friday 6:30pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 10:30am

Tuke Hall Saturday 10:30am

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Tuke Hall Saturday 2pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 2pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 3:30pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 5pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 5pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 9am

Tuke Hall Saturday 9am

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Tuke Hall Sunday 10:30am

Tuke Hall Sunday 10:30am

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Tuke Hall Sunday 2pm

Tuke Hall Sunday 2pm

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Tuke Hall Sunday 3:30pm

Tuke Hall Sunday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Sunday 9am

Tuke Hall Sunday 9am

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My brain is full, my mind is blown, can’t wait to put everything I’ve learned into practice.

Kevin Hayward, Director

Kevin Hayward, Director