Sessions LondonSWF 2024

Sessions below are from the 2024 festival… 2025 session will be added later this year…

NOTE: The filmed sessions from 2024 below will also be available t0 2025 ticket holders via LSFConnect.com

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 next festival, sign up below.

 
 
 
 
 

Thank you for the encouragement, inspiration and the opportunity to be part of a community.  It really was a life-changing experience."

Donna O’Reilly, Screenwriter

Donna O’Reilly, Screenwriter

5th April 2024, Friday

0830 to 0900 PitchFest Bootcamp 2024 with Bob

0830 to 0900 PitchFest Bootcamp 2024 with Bob

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

0900 to 1000 Festival Opening with Chris Jones

0900 to 1000 Festival Opening with Chris Jones

Welcome Back! It’s time to kick off the LIVE and IN PERSON part of the London Screenwriters’ Festival in style.

1030 to 1130 Breaking Into TV

1030 to 1130 Breaking Into TV

A panel of TV writers share their varied and inspirational journeys into the industry. How is it done? Lots of different ways!

1030 to 1130 Navigating Development: Avoiding Common Pitfalls & Development Hell

1030 to 1130 Navigating Development: Avoiding Common Pitfalls & Development Hell

So you sold your script. Your journey has just begun and it is fraught with perils and challenges.              

1030 to 1130 Writing Neo Noir and the Dark Thriller

1030 to 1130 Writing Neo Noir and the Dark Thriller

Noir and Dark Thrillers have been some of the most influential, insightful, and incredible stories in film and television. You may get a whole seat in this session. But you will only need THE EDGE!

1130 Script Chat with Clive Frayne

1130 Script Chat with Clive Frayne

Come to the Refectory Mezzanine where Award-winning writer Clive Frayne will be available to answer your questions following his session on Avoiding Common Pitfalls and Development Hell.   *Script chats will also be streamed live for our online participants.*

1200 to 1300 Logline Clinic

1200 to 1300 Logline Clinic

What makes a good logline? This session will tell you what to include, what to leave out, and HOW to do it. Also Bob will rewrite and fix your loglines in the room, in the moment. See how the sausage gets MADE!

1200 to 1300 Rewriting Your Draft Zero

1200 to 1300 Rewriting Your Draft Zero

The rewrite is where craft meets art and you can really make your screenplay sing (or scream). Learn how its done from a filmmaker whose writing launches movie after movie.              

1200 to 1300 Writing TV and Film for Kids

1200 to 1300 Writing TV and Film for Kids

Don’t let the title deceive you – writing TV and Film for children is an art form as sophisticated and nuanced as crafting stories for adults.

1300 Script Chat with Catherine Williams

1300 Script Chat with Catherine Williams

Come to the Refectory Mezzanine where  writer Catherine Williams will be available to answer your questions following her session on Writing TV & Film for Kids

1300 to 1400 Lunch Break

1300 to 1400 Lunch Break

Time to refuel, recharge and network with your fellow writers!              

1400 to 1500 Action-Packed Storytelling

1400 to 1500 Action-Packed Storytelling

A panel of writers on action projects RIGHT NOW discuss the state of the genre, their influences, their strategies, and where Actioners are going in the future.              

1400 to 1500 Deepening Character Relationships through Attachment Theory

1400 to 1500 Deepening Character Relationships through Attachment Theory

Kira-Anne Pelican, PhD. returns to the LSF stage to dig deep on how you can make compelling and irresistible character and character relationships to make your script sing.

1400 to 1500 Finding Your Path To A Screenwriting Career with Hayley McKenzie

1400 to 1500 Finding Your Path To A Screenwriting Career with Hayley McKenzie

Is a screenwriting career right for you and if so, how on earth do you get one?! Learn the practical steps you can take right now to help you get from hobbyist to professional screenwriter.

1500 Script Chat with Hayley McKenzie

1500 Script Chat with Hayley McKenzie

Come to the Refectory Mezzanine where Hayley McKenzie will be available to answer your questions following her session on Finding Your Path To A Screenwriting Career with Hayley McKenzie

1530 to 1630 Dramedy: A Conversation with Truelove creator Iain Weatherby

1530 to 1630 Dramedy: A Conversation with Truelove creator Iain Weatherby

Channel 4’s TRUELOVE has everyone talking and writer/creator Iain Weatherby has agreed to join us to offer his advice and insight into the television landscape and this rewarding, popular genre.

1530 to 1630 Knowledge Gaps and Subtext with David Baboulene, PhD

1530 to 1630 Knowledge Gaps and Subtext with David Baboulene, PhD

Painting in negative space. Jazz is about the notes NOT played. And in writing, it’s the SUBTEXT that makes a script stand out. Learn how to make your reader an active participant in the story and therefore a champion for your script.              

1530 to 1730 What filmmakers ACTUALLY do with your finished script – live script edit

1530 to 1730 What filmmakers ACTUALLY do with your finished script – live script edit

Live and dynamic script redraft, edit, slash and burn… Only for the brave writers!  

1630 Script Chat with Iain Weatherby

1630 Script Chat with Iain Weatherby

Come to the Refectory Mezzanine where Iain Weatherby will be available to answer your questions following his session on Dramedy: A Conversation with Truelove creator Iain Weatherby

1700 Dirk Maggs Produces YOUR Audio drama

1700 Dirk Maggs Produces YOUR Audio drama

DON’T PANIC! Creating Audio Recordings of genre drama opens up a limitless universe. Join Dirk as we perform, record, produce and premiere a new story written by an LSF delegate. 

1700 to 1800 Creating Compelling Characters with David Baboulene, PhD

1700 to 1800 Creating Compelling Characters with David Baboulene, PhD

Nurture your characters into life and have them grip your audience.              

1730 to 2000 Socialise & Network in the Bedford Bar

1730 to 2000 Socialise & Network in the Bedford Bar

Eat, drink, chat, and reconnect with your tribe

1830 The Pitch Factor

1830 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!

So many great speakers! LSF and Talent Campus had prepared me so well for pitching that I had numerous requests for my one-pagers. Loved Bridge of Spies!"

Susan Vermeer, Screenwriter, @cyclosusan

Susan Vermeer, Screenwriter, @cyclosusan

6th April 2024, Saturday

0900 to 1000 Love, Justice, and Christmas: Breaking in with TV movies.

0900 to 1000 Love, Justice, and Christmas: Breaking in with TV movies.

Low budgets, big audiences, satisfying stories. A recipe for success!

0900 to 1000 The Future is TBD: Adapting To AI with Stephen Follows

0900 to 1000 The Future is TBD: Adapting To AI with Stephen Follows

What does the future look like in the industry? Festival regular and data mastermind Stephen Follows helps get you ready!

1000 Script Chat with Cera Rose Pickering

1000 Script Chat with Cera Rose Pickering

Come to the Refectory Mezzanine where Cera Rose Pickering will be available to answer your questions following his session on Love, Justice, and Christmas: Breaking in with TV movies

1030 to 1130 Final Draft: The Latest & Greatest on FD 13

1030 to 1130 Final Draft: The Latest & Greatest on FD 13

If you are serious about screenwriting, you probably use Final Draft. In this masterclass, Final Draft sends their best — straight from FD HQ — to give YOU top tips on how to get the most from the world’s leading screenwriting tool.

1030 to 1130 Why You Need A Comedy Writing Partner (And How To Find One!)

1030 to 1130 Why You Need A Comedy Writing Partner (And How To Find One!)

An interview with Comedy writing duo Joanna Tilley and Krysia Pepper.              

1030 to 1230 Features Pitch Clinic with Joey Tuccio

1030 to 1230 Features Pitch Clinic with Joey Tuccio

Get your feature pitch whipped into shape! Delegates get up, pitch to our expert, and get a short critique on how to improve it right there on the spot.              

1130 Script Chat with Joanna Tilley

1130 Script Chat with Joanna Tilley

Come to the Refectory Mezzanine where Joanna Tilley will be available to answer your questions following her session on Why You Need A Comedy Writing Partner (And How To Find One!)

1200 to 1300 Write From the Heart: Scripting Feel Good Drama

1200 to 1300 Write From the Heart: Scripting Feel Good Drama

The mind behind some of the greatest dramas of all time shares his wisdom with LSF              

1200 to 1300 Writing Your Prestige TV Pilot with Phil & Ted

1200 to 1300 Writing Your Prestige TV Pilot with Phil & Ted

Festival stalwarts Phil Hughes and Ted Wilkes return to the stage to deliver their most demanded session – how to apply their model of storytelling to writing for TV.

1230 Script Chat with Joey Tuccio

1230 Script Chat with Joey Tuccio

Come to the Refectory Mezzanine where Joey Tuccio will be available to answer your questions following his session on Features Pitch Clinic with Joey Tuccio

1300 Script Chat with Phil Hughes and Ted Wilkes

1300 Script Chat with Phil Hughes and Ted Wilkes

Come to the Refectory Mezzanine where Phil Hughes and Ted Wilkes will be available to answer your questions following their session on Writing Your Prestige TV Pilot

1300 to 1400 Lunch Break

1300 to 1400 Lunch Break

Time to refuel, recharge and network with your fellow writers!              

1400 to 1500 What Your Audience Feels: The Key to Screenwriting Success

1400 to 1500 What Your Audience Feels: The Key to Screenwriting Success

Creating feelings in your audience is literally — LITERALLY — what it’s all about. Love, joy, fear, thrill… the heart is the key to success,        

1400 to 1600 TV Pitch Clinic with John Yorke

1400 to 1600 TV Pitch Clinic with John Yorke

British Television Legend John Yorke has seen more pitches than the entire Premier league, and he’s here to help you workshop your show ideas and how you present them. Get your pitch done and dusted and fear the process no more.              

1400 to 1630 ON THE LINE Case Study & Screening with Oliver Pearn

1400 to 1630 ON THE LINE Case Study & Screening with Oliver Pearn

Oliver Pearn made a low-budget period piece and sold it to Amazon. How on Earth…? He’ll share his journey — and his movie!

1500 Script Chat with Julian Friedmann

1500 Script Chat with Julian Friedmann

Come to the Refectory Mezzanine where Julian Friedmann will be available to answer your questions following his session on What Your Audience Feels: The Key to Screenwriting Success

1530 to 1630 Writing Thrillers for TV with Jon Gilbert

1530 to 1630 Writing Thrillers for TV with Jon Gilbert

The TV Thriller is having a resurgence. Audiences love the, networks produce them, and — with Jon Gilbert’s advice — you can write them to be AMAZING.              

1630 Script Chat with Jon Gilbert

1630 Script Chat with Jon Gilbert

Come to the Refectory Mezzanine where Jon Gilbert will be available to answer your questions following his session on Writing Thrillers for TV with Jon Gilbert

1700 to 1830 The Three Dimensions of Screenwriting

1700 to 1830 The Three Dimensions of Screenwriting

Take action right now using Emmanuel Oberg’s new process to improve your feature or TV Script.

1700 to 1900 Saturday Night At The Movies: Hellboy

1700 to 1900 Saturday Night At The Movies: Hellboy

Grab your popcorn and settle in for a thrilling 20th Anniversary screening of Hellboy, complete with live commentary by writer Peter Briggs in LSF’s signature Saturday Night funfest.              

1730 to 2000 Socialise & Network in the Bedford Bar

1730 to 2000 Socialise & Network in the Bedford Bar

Eat, drink, chat, and reconnect with your tribe

"The real life stories of emerging writers making things happen was both exciting and inspiring."

Chris Gorley, Writer & Filmmaker, Melbourne

Chris Gorley, Writer & Filmmaker, Melbourne

7th April 2024, Sunday

0900 to 1015 Know Yourself, Be Yourself: A Writer's Journal Workbook

0900 to 1015 Know Yourself, Be Yourself: A Writer's Journal Workbook

What fires up your writing? What stops you? A Writing Journal is your superpower, your personal creative workshop where you feel safe, curious and non-judgemental about your writing.

1015 Script Chat with Lucy van Smit

1015 Script Chat with Lucy van Smit

Come to the Refectory Mezzanine where Lucy van Smit will be available to answer your questions following her session on Know Yourself, Be Yourself: A Writer’s Journal Workbook

1030 Salute Your Shorts! Using the Short Film to Launch Your Career

1030 Salute Your Shorts! Using the Short Film to Launch Your Career

How do you launch a career? With the perfect, tight, low budget, high-impact short. This session will tell you what you need to do.

1030 to 1130 Recipe for Success: The Screenwriters Cookbook

1030 to 1130 Recipe for Success: The Screenwriters Cookbook

An intriguing exploration of the parallels between the art of screenwriting and the mastery of culinary craft.

1030 to 1130 Trial by Fire: Getting Your Characters Out of Their Comfort Zone

1030 to 1130 Trial by Fire: Getting Your Characters Out of Their Comfort Zone

Are you stuck in Act Two? Got no idea what your character’s supposed to do next? Do they not even feel real yet?

1130 Script Chat with Gemma Mushington

1130 Script Chat with Gemma Mushington

Come to the Knapp Gallery where Gemma Mushington will be available to answer your questions following her session on Trial by Fire: Getting Your Characters Out of Their Comfort Zone

1200 to 1300 Controlling Your Screenwriting Destiny: Producing Your Own Work

1200 to 1300 Controlling Your Screenwriting Destiny: Producing Your Own Work

Become a Producer From script to screen – how to produce your own work as a writer/ producer. Marcus Markou has been down this road before, and having returned from the unfamiliar world, can share his elixir with you.

1200 to 1300 Get Produced and Get an Agent: Survive & Thrive in 2024!

1200 to 1300 Get Produced and Get an Agent: Survive & Thrive in 2024!

What are the keys to success in this industry going forward? How to make from those who are making it!              

1200 to 1300 Ten Contract Hacks Every Writer Should Know

1200 to 1300 Ten Contract Hacks Every Writer Should Know

Get hired, get a great deal, and don’t get fired with these essential contract tips.              

1300 Script Chat with Rachel Paterson

1300 Script Chat with Rachel Paterson

Come to the Refectory Mezzanine where Rachel Paterson will be available to answer your questions following her session on Survive & Thrive in 2024!

1300 to 1400 Lunch Break

1300 to 1400 Lunch Break

Time to refuel, recharge and network with your fellow writers!              

1400 to 1500 From Page to Screen: How to Navigate Getting Produced

1400 to 1500 From Page to Screen: How to Navigate Getting Produced

We’re all looking to get on the ladder to success, but if you want to continue to climb, you need to think NOW about what you’re going to do after getting that break.              

1400 to 1500 Pivoting To Success:  Novelists Writing Screenplays with Andy Riley and Claire McGowan

1400 to 1500 Pivoting To Success: Novelists Writing Screenplays with Andy Riley and Claire McGowan

The line between novelist and screenwriter is blurrier than ever. This panel is here to help guide you through the risks and rewards!

1400 to 1500 Your Agent & You

1400 to 1500 Your Agent & You

This is a business of relationships and team-building, and your most valuable relationship (and teammates) are your reps. View yourself from the perspective of your agent — to help them help you build your relationship together.            

1500 Script Chat with Sean Robert Daniels

1500 Script Chat with Sean Robert Daniels

Come to the Refectory Mezzanine where Sean Robert Daniels will be available to answer your questions following his session on Recipe for Success: What Screenwriters Can Learn from the Culinary World  

1530 to 1630 Finding Representation in the UK and USA

1530 to 1630 Finding Representation in the UK and USA

Joey Tuccio brings his experience finding representation for hundreds of writers to show you how to position yourself on both sides of the pond.          

1530 to 1630 The Next Frontier: Using AI and other Tools in your Writing and Production

1530 to 1630 The Next Frontier: Using AI and other Tools in your Writing and Production

A must-attend session for writers who are hesitant about integrating AI tools into their creative process.          

1630 to 1700 Festival Close with Chris Jones... Get Set For Success in 2024!

1630 to 1700 Festival Close with Chris Jones... Get Set For Success in 2024!

Join us for the electrifying conclusion to LondonSWF’24. Plan your next screenwriting year AND prep for success.              

Not even in my wildest dreams had I imagined Talent Campus would be this good."

KT Parker, Screenwriter

KT Parker, Screenwriter

Consults

Advanced Mentoring at the Script Labs

Advanced Mentoring at the Script Labs

Get one on one tuition and coaching from our experts in these intensive two hour sessions. Only six writers are selected for each lab.

Get Legal Advice at the Legal Clinic

Get Legal Advice at the Legal Clinic

We all have concerns about our screenplays and career, but often can’t afford a specialist lawyer. We are happy to offer you face time with media lawyer Julian Wilkins in a special session to answer your legal questions.

We Will Read Your Script: The Script Surgery

We Will Read Your Script: The Script Surgery

Do you need an expert to offer concise, practical and immediately useful feedback on your screenplay or treatment? Get one-on-one feedback on your script with Euroscript.

The London Screenwriters' Festival is a must go-to event for any screenwriter looking to either learn or progress in their career."

Adrienne Aiken, Screenwriter

Adrienne Aiken, Screenwriter

Labs

Script Lab 1 (2024): Marcus Markou & Pat Higgins: Get Produced (or Produce Yourself)

Script Lab 1 (2024): Marcus Markou & Pat Higgins: Get Produced (or Produce Yourself)

With an eye toward budget, marketability, and attitude, this lab will be instrumental in seeing your project produced.

Script Lab 2 (2024): Cera Rose Pickering & Philip Lawrence: Doing The Graft

Script Lab 2 (2024): Cera Rose Pickering & Philip Lawrence: Doing The Graft

From LSF delegates to successful produced writers, Cera and Phil can tell you how it’s done through talent, hard work, and unrelenting dedication to success.

Script Lab 3 (2024): Dave Reynolds: Family Animation

Script Lab 3 (2024): Dave Reynolds: Family Animation

LSF Favourite Dave Reynolds returns to help bring your family-based animation to the next level.

Script Lab 4 (2024): Lucy V. Hay: Perfect Your Thriller Concept

Script Lab 4 (2024): Lucy V. Hay: Perfect Your Thriller Concept

Bang2Write’s Lucy V. Hay brings her decades of experience to help you guide your writing and career and drill down on the central concept and pitch to help your Thriller thrill all the right people.

Script Lab 5 (2024): Joanna Tilley: Punch Up Your Comedy

Script Lab 5 (2024): Joanna Tilley: Punch Up Your Comedy

The rules (written and unwritten) of comedy are challenging to navigate and dependent on your sensibility and voice. But how do you make your comedy script irresistible while developing your own comedic brand? Joanna Tilley is here to guide you.

The online forum made me feel I was already part of a whole other family before I even arrived."

Jaye Nolan, Screenwriter

Jaye Nolan, Screenwriter