Sessions 2016

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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.

It was extraordinary, beyond my expectations… What a wonderful celebration of this art form which we’re all so passionate about

Emily Lassalle, Screenwriter

Emily Lassalle, Screenwriter

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Fight Club Script to Screen LIVE

Fight Club Script to Screen LIVE

Let’s talk about Fight Club! Watch the film, read the script along with it and listen to screenwriter Jim Uhls talk about it. TOOOOO EXCITING!

NEW for 2016! The Writers Room

NEW for 2016! The Writers Room

Join five other writers and a seasoned showrunner for a whole day on Thursday (the 1st September) to write a show for a long running TV series. Welcome to the pressure cooker that is the ‘Writers Room’ at LondonSWF.

The 2016 British Screenwriters’ Awards

The 2016 British Screenwriters’ Awards

It’s about time someone put the originators and architects of great storytelling front and centre. And we did in 2014… Now in our third year, join a roster of the BIGGEST writing names rubbing shoulders with the hottest newcomers in the UK.

I had the most awesome time at the festival, although I think my brain has almost melted!

Liz Bishop, Screenwriter

Liz Bishop, Screenwriter

Beyond the workshop

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 three hour sessions. Only six writers are selected for each lab.

Get Listed in the Talent Directory

Get Listed in the Talent Directory

Get yourself listed in the Talent Directory that is shared with other delegates and execs attending the festival.

Get Your Script Performed

Get Your Script Performed

Have scenes from your script read, performed and workshopped by professional actors and directors.

Script Chat

Script Chat

Get intimate face-to-face time in our hugely popular Script Chat roundtable sessions. Ask our speakers the questions you want answered.

Script To Screen

Script To Screen

Read the script, watch the film or TV show, then meet the writers, filmmakers, producers at the festival.

Speed Networking – Fun, Fast and EFFECTIVE

Speed Networking – Fun, Fast and EFFECTIVE

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

We will read your script: The Script Surgery

We will read your script: The Script Surgery

Need a professional to read your screenplay? Get one-on-one feedback on your script with Euroscript.

The festival was an absolute triumph – top flight and brimming with inspiration and enthusiasm ….superb!

Barbara Machin – BAFTA winning screenwriter

Barbara Machin – BAFTA winning screenwriter

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.

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!

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!

I pitched in the Hollywood PitchFest and three of my scripts have been requested!

Richard Paul Wheildon, Screenwriter

Richard Paul Wheildon, Screenwriter

Script To Screen

'My Name Is Emily' Script to Screen with Simon Fitzmaurice

'My Name Is Emily' Script to Screen with Simon Fitzmaurice

Brought to you in association with Blueberry Creatives, Screenwriter and Director Simon Fitzmaurice introduces this exclusive screening of My Name Is Emily.  Read the script, watch the movie, meet the extraordinary writer and director.

Anatomy of a Classic SitCom: 'Cheers' with live screening

Anatomy of a Classic SitCom: 'Cheers' with live screening

Download the pilot script, then watch the episode as Script Editor Karol Griffiths and Producer Paul Mayhew-Archer analyze the launch of one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time.  

Fight Club Script to Screen LIVE

Fight Club Script to Screen LIVE

Let’s talk about Fight Club! Watch the film, read the script along with it and listen to screenwriter Jim Uhls talk about it. TOOOOO EXCITING!

Line of Duty: Script to Screen LIVE with Jed Mercurio

Line of Duty: Script to Screen LIVE with Jed Mercurio

In this session Jed Mercurio joins us for an in-depth conversation charting his career thus far.  Jed will then provide an unofficial chat track over a screening of his favourite episode of his hit show Line of Duty.

Script to Screen LIVE: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with Ol Parker

Script to Screen LIVE: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with Ol Parker

Read the script, then watch the movie at the festival with a live commentary by Ol Parker, discussing the development and execution of the screenplay – it’s our own unofficial DVD ‘chat track’

The Vicar of Dibley: Script to Screen LIVE

The Vicar of Dibley: Script to Screen LIVE

Download the script, read, then watch the Episode with a live commentary by writer Paul Mayhew-Archer, followed by indepth discussion.

The volunteers were absolutely wonderful – so helpful and a joy to talk with, it made such a difference!

Yazmin Vigusm, Screenwriter

Yazmin Vigusm, Screenwriter

Screenwriting Practical help

'Written By' or 'Based On': Successfully Adapting Existing Works or Life Stories

'Written By' or 'Based On': Successfully Adapting Existing Works or Life Stories

How do you turn that amazing book or life story into your amazing script? Learn from people who have had success with their own adaptations, the techniques they used to transform one written medium into another while staying true to the original.

Adaptations and True Life Stories: How to avoid killing your project dead

Adaptations and True Life Stories: How to avoid killing your project dead

Learn shortcuts, tricks and strategies that could save you valuable time and potentially much stress and heartache before you disappear down the rabbit hole of your own adaptation project.

Adding Fiction to your Truth

Adding Fiction to your Truth

Learn how to add fiction to your truth in the key parts of your story. You will learn how to identify your own life themes and in doing so, you will find out what it is you want to say to the world in the stories that you tell.

Anatomy of a Screenwriting Contract

Anatomy of a Screenwriting Contract

Before we sign our rights away, we need to know what we are actually giving up. In this session top media lawyers will go through the common clauses and explain what they are, as well as highlight the pitfalls and traps that could lead to disaster.

Competitions: Are they worth the entry fee?

Competitions: Are they worth the entry fee?

In this panel of competition winners… and losers… along with competition organisers, we will discuss the value of entering competitions, strategies to improve you chances of success, as well as a check list of ways to spot the more disingenuous ones to avoid.

Crafting fascinating scenes that compel the reader to turn the page

Crafting fascinating scenes that compel the reader to turn the page

Join UCLA instructor and author Karl Iglesias as he reveals how to use the Emotional Palette to create tension and anticipation in a scene, then and how to craft, structure and crank up the stakes for maximum impact.

Crime Pays: Exciting producers and broadcasters by writing with an authentic voice

Crime Pays: Exciting producers and broadcasters by writing with an authentic voice

In this session a police officer, a lawyer, and a (reformed) criminal will discuss the world they occupy, and how writers can avoid having their screenplays devolve into trope and cliché.

Finding Your Voice: Telling it YOUR way so that your work is remembered

Finding Your Voice: Telling it YOUR way so that your work is remembered

Your voice is what sets you apart from the masses. You, your life experience, your stories are unique… Learn how to leverage YOUR uniqueness.

First-Person Storytelling: Designing Successful Narratives for AR and VR

First-Person Storytelling: Designing Successful Narratives for AR and VR

Virtual Reality specialist, game writer and narrative designer Rob Morgan will discuss his experiences making experiences across games, live action and theatre.

Gatekeepers: The real players you need to impress

Gatekeepers: The real players you need to impress

On your road to screenwriting success you will need to navigate your way through an army of assistants, interns, and administrators who all have the ears of the people you’re trying to get to. Hear directly from the gatekeepers that hold the keys to the castle and discover how to get on their good sides.

How Screenwriters self sabotage and how you can avoid it

How Screenwriters self sabotage and how you can avoid it

At some time in our lives we have all self sabotaged. We get SO close to that thing we want, then screw it up spectacularly. Why and how do we do this? How can we prevent it?

How to start a writers group and WHY it’s essential for your long term success

How to start a writers group and WHY it’s essential for your long term success

A writers group is one of the best ways to stay on target, get and give great feedback, and feel sane again! Stop looking for the right group and collaborate with others to start your own, on your terms, with peers who inspire you to go further.

Learning from The Masters: Aaron Sorkin's Techniques for Sparkling Dialogue

Learning from The Masters: Aaron Sorkin's Techniques for Sparkling Dialogue

In this session with Karl Iglesias you will learn the hidden techniques that Aaron Sorkin uses over and over to make his words leap of the page, so you can spice up the dialogue in your screenplay too.

Making The Most Of Final Draft

Making The Most Of Final Draft

It’s the industry standard when it comes to screenwriting software, and if you want to be seen as a professional writer, it is critical that you learn it. Learn how to make the most of FD to in this session brought to you by Final Draft’s Phil Galasso.  

Manifesting Success

Manifesting Success

Following their packed to capacity sessions in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Chris Jones and Jonathan Newman are back to run their highly successful and super controversial manifesting success workshop.

Pixar’s Emotional Core: The Secret to Successful Storytelling

Pixar’s Emotional Core: The Secret to Successful Storytelling

Using Pixar as the benchmark for extraordinary and emotional storytelling, find the heart of your story and the key elements that create a strong emotional connection with readers, executives and ultimately audiences.

Show Me the Money! Film London's Production Market and WHY You Need to Know About It

Show Me the Money! Film London's Production Market and WHY You Need to Know About It

A nuts and bolts guide to the best market in London for getting your script funded. Not for the feint hearted, this session explains how it works and offers strategies for success.  

Subtext: writing for greater depth and impact

Subtext: writing for greater depth and impact

Often it’s what is unsaid that hits hardest. It’s also what makes great writing stand out. David Pope leads this session that provides clear strategies for shaping subtext in a screenplay, developing it’s role in scene structure and creating meaningful dialogue.

Take back control and make your own break!

Take back control and make your own break!

We’ll be joined by writers who have made their own break one way or another. They’ll share their personal insight into everything from the mentality you need, to specific practical tips and tricks that gets a script produced. Take back control!

The Mature Superhero: Writing Characters Fifty and Over

The Mature Superhero: Writing Characters Fifty and Over

The always outstanding Pilar Alessandra brings this class to guide you toward writing characters over fifty as strong, wise, courageous, sexy, full of mystery and capable of saving the day … the way they actually are.

The Non-linear Minefield

The Non-linear Minefield

Practical advice on what goes wrong, right and unexpectedly brilliant when you’re writing nonlinear and multiple storyline films.

The Practical Screenwriter: How to manage the business end of your career

The Practical Screenwriter: How to manage the business end of your career

Building on last year’s hugely popular and show stopping session ‘Show Me The Money’, Jean Kitson will lead another nuts and bolts session about the practicalities of sustaining a career as a writer.

True story... Brainstorming a Movie From a Real Life Event

True story... Brainstorming a Movie From a Real Life Event

Remember that thing that happened in your life that you thought might make an interesting movie some day? Here’s your chance to write it in a practical session with Pilar Alessandra.

What will actually happen to your finished script? Live script edit

What will actually happen to your finished script? Live script edit

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

Writing for Teens with Conflict, Passion and Authenticity

Writing for Teens with Conflict, Passion and Authenticity

Tweens and teenagers are the biggest consumers of television and movies and executives know it. Explore how to craft stories that engage and inspire them, without caving to the pressures of the lowest common denominators of sex and violence.

You Had Me at Hello: Introducing your Characters for maximum impact

You Had Me at Hello: Introducing your Characters for maximum impact

What is it that persuades us to follow your character, to care about what they do and what happens to them? This session looks at a variety of screen characters for hints and tips about the all important character introduction.

You really have managed to pull off the impossible – a festival that is so much fun to attend for delegates and speakers alike

Sascha Hecks, Producer

Sascha Hecks, Producer

Screenwriting for Film and Television

'Red Rock': A Candid Case Study In Breakout TV Success

'Red Rock': A Candid Case Study In Breakout TV Success

Showrunner Kim Nevill and Producer John Yorke will drill down into the process behind the hit show ‘Red Rock’, and examine the ways in which they are preparing newcomers to be part of the industry for years into the future.

Breaking the Rules: Writing Rules You Can Break … and Why You Should Break Them

Breaking the Rules: Writing Rules You Can Break … and Why You Should Break Them

Who says you have to follow the screenwriting rules? In this class, Pilar Alessandra, reviews some of the rules writers assume they should follow, discusses why they’re there in the first place, and then shows you ways to creatively break them!

Cleaning up in TV: Writing for Soaps

Cleaning up in TV: Writing for Soaps

With hundreds of hours produced annually, soaps (or continuing drama) is where it’s at if you want to break into television – or is it?

Creating the Series Bible

Creating the Series Bible

When you’re writing a series, the Series Bible is the law. It determines the rules of the world. Jeff Norton returns to LondonSWF to show you how to create a Bible that will impress producers and focus your writing staff on the vision for your series.

Creative Storytelling in a Commercial Market

Creative Storytelling in a Commercial Market

If you want to learn how to distinguish a commercially savvy television story that packs a punch from a nice idea that ultimately doesn’t deliver, this is the session for you.  

Getting Commissioned in 2016: What The Broadcasters Want

Getting Commissioned in 2016: What The Broadcasters Want

The seat of power in British TV is occupied by a select group of commissioners – what are they looking for and how do you get it to them so that they can greenlight YOUR work?

Going from 'pass' to 'YES!': Actors and the Script

Going from 'pass' to 'YES!': Actors and the Script

What was that written moment, what was that character action or specific turn of phrase that made our panel of renowned actrors pick up the phone and tell their agent, ‘I’m In!’

How to get an Agent: 'Why I chose to represent…'

How to get an Agent: 'Why I chose to represent…'

If you want to know how to get an agent, come to this session to hear from the agents themselves what it was about their clients that they HAD to have.

Meet the Producers:  Why I hire (and sometimes fire) the writers I work with 

Meet the Producers:  Why I hire (and sometimes fire) the writers I work with 

Learn from the men and women who hire (and sometimes fire), what it is that they look for, what they don’t want and the simple tactics you can employ that get the results you want for your career.

Raw, Authentic and Uncompromising: Writing As An Act of Redemption

Raw, Authentic and Uncompromising: Writing As An Act of Redemption

Michael has worn many hats and lived more lives than most; which is clearly reflected in his work – expect a raw, authentic and uncompromising session.

Script development: From a Producers point of view

Script development: From a Producers point of view

An insiders look at what a script needs to get a producer or production company’s attention. Finding the balance between creativity and practicality – and getting it from script to screen.

Shock to the System: Writing Horror That Opens Doors

Shock to the System: Writing Horror That Opens Doors

It is the most enduring genre of them all, and the quickest route into a screenwriting career. What makes an effective horror script? How do you make something scary on the page? And what are the steps the writer should take to be successful in the horror market?

Streaming your way to success: Writing for Netflix, Amazon and the emerging online market

Streaming your way to success: Writing for Netflix, Amazon and the emerging online market

Worldwide, Netflix, Amazon, and other streaming services are overcoming cable and terrestrial television as the distribution method for the most creative and exciting episodic and feature projects available. How can we write for these new companies?

What Makes the Audience Return To A Series? Mastering the Internal Story

What Makes the Audience Return To A Series? Mastering the Internal Story

When we feel your story, it makes us want to come back. In this class, learn the techniques that will make them want more. When you do this well, you create longevity for your series.

Working With Directors: Finding the Win-Win strategy for your script and career

Working With Directors: Finding the Win-Win strategy for your script and career

Writing is a solitary pursuit, but filmmaking is collaborative, and like it or not, the Director is king. A strong and positive relationship with the director is critical if you want to have any serious input in the transition from script to screen.

Writing For The Female Gaze

Writing For The Female Gaze

We have heard so much about the male gaze in film, but what about the female gaze? How can we write powerful and emotional stories from this female stand point?

Writing Period Drama

Writing Period Drama

The social strata and drama of years gone by can seem foreign to many viewers… and writers.  This session will explore the advantages (and disadvantages) of writing Period pieces in the modern world.

PitchFest is a great opportunity to meet talented writers with innovative scripts

Jade Alexander, Devilishly Handsome Productions

Jade Alexander, Devilishly Handsome Productions

Have you considered?

Write for the stage and get produced now!

Write for the stage and get produced now!

Many of our regular LondonSWF delegates are gaining traction in their career, as well as earning money and finding creative freedom by writing for the stage. Have you considered it?

Writing eBooks 2016: How to write, self publish, promote to make money and raise your profile

Writing eBooks 2016: How to write, self publish, promote to make money and raise your profile

How can we ALL leverage our talents as skilled story tellers to get our stories out there in a way that creates a credible and lasting income stream?

Writing for Games 7.0

Writing for Games 7.0

Join games aficionado, reviewer and journalist Guy Cocker and his panel of writer/gamers as they discuss what’s happening in the gaming world right now, what mind-blowing stuff we can expect to see in the future and how YOU can be a part of it.

Three days after it ended, I may have hooked an agent, and five different projects are being read in the UK, US, Germany and Japan…

Stephen Potts, Screenwriter

Stephen Potts, Screenwriter

Screenwriters Talent Fast-track

Get legal advice in our legal clinic at the festival

Get legal advice in our legal clinic at the festival

We all have concerns about our screenplays and career, but often can’t afford a specialist lawyer. At the festival you can get that face time you need, with a media lawyer.

Meet The Experts

Meet The Experts

A panel of leading film industry professionals provide confidential one-on-one advice to move your project onto the next stage.

It’s an incredible festival and I’m really fortunate to have been a part of it

Luke Ryan, Producer 'The Cabin In Ther Woods'

Luke Ryan, Producer

Writers Rooms

Writers Room 1: CRIME with Barbara Machin

Writers Room 1: CRIME with Barbara Machin

Join series creator and Showrunner Barbara Machin in this day long TV CRIME focused Writers Room experience brought to you exclusively by the LSF.

Writers Room 2: MEDICAL with Lucy Raffety

Writers Room 2: MEDICAL with Lucy Raffety

Join Showrunner Lucy Raffety in this day long MEDICAL focused Writers Room experience brought to you exclusively by the LSF.

Writers Room 3: DRAMA with Danny Brocklehurst

Writers Room 3: DRAMA with Danny Brocklehurst

Join series creator and Showrunner Danny Brocklehurst in this day long TV DRAMA focused Writers Room experience brought to you exclusively by the LSF.

Writers Room 4: TV Comedy

Writers Room 4: TV Comedy

Join a top TV Comedy Showrunner in this day long Writers Room experience brought to you exclusively by the LSF.

There is no better more useful more inspiring weekend in the whole year.

Ben Mole, Writer/Director.

Ben Mole, Writer/Director.

Script Labs

Script Lab 1: Writing TV Treatments That Get Commissioned Into Scripts

Script Lab 1: Writing TV Treatments That Get Commissioned Into Scripts

In this 3 hour lab with Yvonne Grace you will learn how to write the Ultimate Treatment.  Submit your raw material and Yvonne will help you hone it into a commercially saavy, creative document that you will be proud to present to future Producers.

Script Lab 2: ‘Fight Club’ screenwriter Jim Uhls presents the ‘Safehouse’ Advanced Screenwriting Lab

Script Lab 2: ‘Fight Club’ screenwriter Jim Uhls presents the ‘Safehouse’ Advanced Screenwriting Lab

The first rule of ‘Safehouse’ is… Workshop your script and perform LIVE in front of an audience with Fight Club writer Jim Uhls.

Script Lab 3: Killer Crime Drama, Mystery or Thrillers with Hayley McKenzie

Script Lab 3: Killer Crime Drama, Mystery or Thrillers with Hayley McKenzie

Crime drama is the most popular genre in television and film. This Script Lab will give you the tools to hone your own crime drama, mystery or thriller script, helping you to make it stand-out in the spec script market.

Script Lab 4: Comedy Features with 'Borat' writer Dan Mazer

Script Lab 4: Comedy Features with 'Borat' writer Dan Mazer

Screenwriter and Director Dan Mazer heads up this cracking new Lab for LSF16. Work with and get invaluable feedback on your writing from one of the best in the business and take your comedy feature from good to GREAT!

Script Lab 5: Rewriting with maximum emotional impact with Karl Iglesias

Script Lab 5: Rewriting with maximum emotional impact with Karl Iglesias

We get it, your script is good. But how can you make it even better? We believe that you can rewrite with a focus on emotional impact, grabbing the reader and pulling them deeper into your characters, plot and story.

I’m currently rewriting a few scenes of my script in order to avoid possible legal issues flagged up in the legal clinic.

Bruno Catarino, Screenwriter

Bruno Catarino, Screenwriter

Open and Close

Festival Close

Festival Close

NOTE THIS SESSION BEGINS AT 6.15pm SHARP AND IS JUST 15 MINS LONG. Join the team for the FABULOUS close of the festival and our promise for the next year ahead.

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!

Paying for the London Screenwriters’ festival has been worth every penny already. The videos from previous years are superb. Love it.

Dave Scullion, Screenwriter

Dave Scullion, Screenwriter

Book Signings

Book Signings at the Festival

Book Signings at the Festival

Get your book signed by the author at the festival. Many of our speakers have a book that they have written, and it will be available for signings. These signings will be indicated in the schedule.

I got way more from it than I expected and you can’t put a price on that.’

Ian Maxim Martin, Screenwriter

Ian Maxim Martin, Screenwriter

Social Connection

Networking Drinks In The Bar

Networking Drinks In The Bar

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

Pre-registration drinks... Pick up your pass early

Pre-registration drinks... Pick up your pass early

Get to the festival early and enjoy networking drinks with other delegates and speakers before the rush on Friday morning.

There was so much content, so many great people to connect with and so many wonderful opportunities, I’ve bought my ticket for LSF 2015 straight away!

Sarah Frankland, Screenwriter

Sarah Frankland, Screenwriter

Talent Campus

The Screenwriters' Talent Campus 2016

The Screenwriters' Talent Campus 2016

A ten-day professional development programme with two months of mentor-driven distance learning / writing. Creative Skillset will support two thirds of applicants fees (UK writers only, conditions will apply).

What a fantastic event. I talked loads, pitched loads, and learned loads.

Sinéad Fagan, Screenwriter

Sinéad Fagan, Screenwriter

Festival Week: Additional One Day Masterclasses

Pitching Thursday (Evening): LondonSWF Festival Week Evening Workshop (Sept 1st)

Pitching Thursday (Evening): LondonSWF Festival Week Evening Workshop (Sept 1st)

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

Writing The TV Pilot That Sells: LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop (Sept 1st)

Writing The TV Pilot That Sells: LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop (Sept 1st)

Jen Grisanti has developed a story system that has led 40 of her clients to sell their pilots. Five of them went to series. In this outstanding one day masterclass, Jen will share with you her system of story that has proven so successful.

Advanced Structure with John Yorke: LondonSWF Wednesday

Advanced Structure with John Yorke: LondonSWF Wednesday

In one day, shift your project from a great idea that is well executed into one that meets the needs of the film and television industry.

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: Day 1 of LondonSWF Festival Week

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: Day 1 of LondonSWF Festival Week

Talent is great but relationships get you hired. The ability to create powerful new relationships in any given situation is one of the primary factors in the success of your career and that of any screenplay that you write. A one day masterclass.

Festival Week at LondonSWF: Three outstanding one day masterclasses

Festival Week at LondonSWF: Three outstanding one day masterclasses

For many of our overseas visitors, it makes sense to do more than the Festival. So we created Festival Week, three days of outstanding workshops leading up to the festival.

The value of being an LSF sponsor greatly exceeded our expectations and we look forward to coming back in the years to come

Gordy Hoffman, CEO Bluecat

Gordy Hoffman, CEO Bluecat

Additional Courses, Workshops and Masterclasses

The First Draft with Pilar

The First Draft with Pilar

If you have great ideas but consistently procrastinate or get stuck before you even get it on the page, this intensive, highly practical and immediately useful workshop with Hollywood screenwriting teacher Pilar Alessandra will transform both your ideas and your writing process.

Breaking Into Script Reading, 2 day workshop with Lucy V Hay (Feb 11th and 12th '17)

Breaking Into Script Reading, 2 day workshop with Lucy V Hay (Feb 11th and 12th '17)

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.

The 21st Century Storyteller with Linda Aronson (Oct 22nd / 23rd)

The 21st Century Storyteller with Linda Aronson (Oct 22nd / 23rd)

Have You Got A Great Story That Just Won’t Work In The Traditional Three Act Structure? Join Linda Aronson for this two day tour de force masterclass in modern non linear storytelling.

The London Screenwriters' Festival (Sept 2nd to 4th 2016)

The London Screenwriters' Festival (Sept 2nd to 4th 2016)

With over 1,000 attendees, 100 sessions, 150 industry expert speakers and the biggest names in film and TV (from both the UK and Hollywood), the LSF has become the premiere screenwriting event to attend.

Pitching Thursday (evening): LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop (Sept 1st)

Pitching Thursday (evening): LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop (Sept 1st)

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

Writing The TV Pilot That Sells: LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop (Sept 1st)

Writing The TV Pilot That Sells: LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop (Sept 1st)

Jen Grisanti has developed a story system that has led 40 of her clients to sell their pilots. Five of them went to series. In this outstanding one day masterclass, Jen will share with you her system of story that has proven so successful.

Advanced Structure with John Yorke: LondonSWF Wednesday

Advanced Structure with John Yorke: LondonSWF Wednesday

In one day, shift your project from a great idea that is well executed into one that meets the needs of the film and television industry.

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: LondonSWF Festival Week (Aug 30th)

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: LondonSWF Festival Week (Aug 30th)

Talent is great but relationships get you hired. The ability to create powerful new relationships in any given situation is one of the primary factors in the success of your career and that of any screenplay that you write. A one day masterclass.

Dave Reynold’s Script Lab was a career highlight for me. He threw himself into my Screenplay… and built on it with ideas and advice that only someone of his experience could offer.

Nathan Russell-Raby, Screenwriter

Nathan Russell-Raby, Screenwriter

To be revealed before LSF'16

Final Draft Marquee Friday 10:45am

Final Draft Marquee Friday 10:45am

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Final Draft Marquee Friday 9:00am

Final Draft Marquee Friday 9:00am

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Final Draft Marquee Saturday 5:00pm

Final Draft Marquee Saturday 5:00pm

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Final Draft Marquee Saturday 6:30pm

Final Draft Marquee Saturday 6:30pm

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Genius Tent Friday 10:45am

Genius Tent Friday 10:45am

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Genius Tent Friday 5pm

Genius Tent Friday 5pm

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Genius Tent Friday 9am

Genius Tent Friday 9am

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Genius Tent Saturday 3:30pm

Genius Tent Saturday 3:30pm

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Genius Tent Saturday 6:30pm

Genius Tent Saturday 6:30pm

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Genius Tent Sunday 3:30pm

Genius Tent Sunday 3:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Friday 5pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 5pm

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Tuke Cinema Friday 6:30pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 6:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 2pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 2pm

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 2pm

Tuke Cinema Sunday 2pm

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 5pm

Tuke Cinema Sunday 5pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 2pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 2pm

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Made a ton of new friends, delegates and speakers, and ended up with TEN SCRIPT REQUESTS!

Rudolf Kremers, Screenwriter

Rudolf Kremers, Screenwriter