Sessions LondonSWF 2024

Sessions are being added daily now…

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.

 
 
 
 

If you’re serious about getting your writing produced, you should come to the LSF."

Simon Branco, Writer

Simon Branco, Writer

2nd March 2024, Saturday (Online Only)

1430 Online Festival Opening

1430 Online Festival Opening

Join the online LondonSWF opening event and get primed to have the most outstanding weekend as well as knockout main festival in April. Find out EXACTLY what is happening, when and where and how best to use this unique opportunity.              

1500 Does Your Protagonist REALLY Need To Change? with Lucy V Hay

1500 Does Your Protagonist REALLY Need To Change? with Lucy V Hay

Do protagonists really need to change? B2W’s Lucy V makes the case for the NON-transformative arc, what it entails and real-world examples of where you can find them, plus how you write them yourself

1600 Screenwriters Advice: What 34 Working Writers Told Me About Their Craft

1600 Screenwriters Advice: What 34 Working Writers Told Me About Their Craft

LSF regular Andrew Zinnes has a new book, full of wisdom and gold nuggets for Screenwriters of all experience levels. Let’s pick his brain for an hour. Come prepared with your questions!

1700 Healing The Witch Wound On Screen

1700 Healing The Witch Wound On Screen

She whispers of truth, justice and balance in the ears of little Irish girls in ‘Wolfwalkers’ or sleepwalking grown woman ‘Barbie.’ This panel breaks down the Witch and speaks to the need to embrace her.

1800 Ten Motivational Strategies To Get Your Writing Done

1800 Ten Motivational Strategies To Get Your Writing Done

No more excuses. Specific and actionable strategies to get you ready for April’s LSF PitchFest and beyond.

1930 Character Arcs in Long-Form Series with Robert McKee

1930 Character Arcs in Long-Form Series with Robert McKee

The resurgence of procedurals and long-form series have you scrambling? Let screenwriting guru legend Robert McKee help you inject your spec with character gold.

I got so fired up and enthused, all I wanted to do was go away and write."

Lorren Boniface, Screenwriter

Lorren Boniface, Screenwriter

3rd March 2024, Sunday (Online Only)

1000 Know Yourself, Be Yourself: A Writer's Journal Workbook

1000 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.

1430 Welcome To Day 2!

1430 Welcome To Day 2!

Late-breaking LSF news, answers to any questions you guys asked from the day before and a pound’s worth of free advice. Let’s have some fun together talking about the things that unite us: Stories, movies, TV, and commitment to the dream.              

1500 Networking - How To Build A Career By Making Friends

1500 Networking - How To Build A Career By Making Friends

How do you build that network of valuable contacts? How do you BECOME a valuable contact? Perhaps the most important skill to becoming a screenwriter, and you can learn about it here.              

1600 The Protagonist's Journey: Keys to Character-Driven Storytelling with Scott Myers

1600 The Protagonist's Journey: Keys to Character-Driven Storytelling with Scott Myers

Hot on the heels of his best-selling screenwriting book “The Protagonist’s Journey,” Scott Myers brings his enlightening perspective on character-first storytelling to the LSF.              

1700 Story Analysis for Readers & Writers: How To Give and Get Notes with Pilar Alessandra

1700 Story Analysis for Readers & Writers: How To Give and Get Notes with Pilar Alessandra

It’s time to approach your script in a new way, by thinking like a script reader. Learn shortcuts to creating a killer logline and story synopsis—necessary tools for all screenwriters with Pilar Alessandra, a certified supergenius in the industry.

1800 Attracting Execs & Representation In The Pitch & In The Script with Joey Tuccio

1800 Attracting Execs & Representation In The Pitch & In The Script with Joey Tuccio

Joey Tuccio (CEO & Founder of Roadmap Writers) returns to provide the latest proven guidance on the best way to attract an agent, executives, and all the human connections you need to make your dream project a reality.

1900 Online Festival Close

1900 Online Festival Close

Join the team for the FABULOUS close of the online festival and our promise for the main event in just four weeks time!          

I really enjoyed the PitchFest and meeting writers face to face."

Rebecca Long, Financier, Producer

Rebecca Long, Financier, Producer

5th April 2024, Friday

0830 PitchFest Bootcamp 2024 with Bob

0830 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 Festival Opening with Chris Jones

0900 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 Navigating Development: Avoiding Common Pitfalls & Development Hell

1030 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 Writing Neo Noir and the Dark Thriller

1030 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!

1030 Writing Your Prestige TV Pilot

1030 Writing Your Prestige TV Pilot

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.

1200 The Moments Execs Look For: Giving Them Something To Talk About

1200 The Moments Execs Look For: Giving Them Something To Talk About

When people are buzzing, execs and agents are buying. What is the “gut punch” moment in your script? The biggest drama in your drama? The biggest laugh in your comedy? Let Samantha Horley help you distill your genre into viral word of mouth.

1200 Writing Telly for Kids

1200 Writing Telly for Kids

Are you creating a story that is timely and yet timeless? About childhood and effective for both children and adults? Meet our panel of experts who have done it.

1200 Writing Thrillers for TV with Jon Gilbert

1200 Writing Thrillers for TV with Jon Gilbert

Details coming soon!              

1300 Lunch Break

1300 Lunch Break

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

1400 Action-Packed Storytelling

1400 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 Crafting Compelling Character Relationships through Attachment Theory

1400 Crafting Compelling 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 Finding Your Path To A Screenwriting Career with Hayley McKenzie

1400 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.

1530 Dramedy: A Conversation with Truelove creator Iain Weatherby

1530 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 Knowledge Gaps and Subtext with David Baboulene, PhD

1530 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 You Got Yourself Produced. Now What? With Matt White + others

1530 You Got Yourself Produced. Now What? With Matt White + others

Details on the panel still to come. Check back soon.              

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 Creating Compelling Characters with David Baboulene, PhD

1700 Creating Compelling Characters with David Baboulene, PhD

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

1700 Rewriting Your Draft Zero

1700 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.              

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!

A production company I pitched to were interested in my idea for an adapted screenplay. I negotiated an option for the film rights with the publisher and am about to submit my draft!"

Louise Vale, Screenwriter

Louise Vale, Screenwriter

6th April 2024, Saturday

0830 PitchFest Bootcamp 2024 with Bob

0830 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 All You Need Is a Girl and a Gun* (*Jean-Luc Godard)

0900 All You Need Is a Girl and a Gun* (*Jean-Luc Godard)

Renditions of female TV detectives have always styled out the televisual crime scene. This panel discusses why she holds such a fascination for the viewer, how writers have evolved her across the years, and where she is likely to head next.

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

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

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

0900 Yes, Commissioners! A Panel of British TV Commissioners with TBC

0900 Yes, Commissioners! A Panel of British TV Commissioners with TBC

What do commissioners want? How has commissioning changed? What is the state of the business in spring 2024 and what is the outlook moving forward?

1030 Controlling Your Screenwriting Destiny: Producing Your Own Work

1030 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.

1030 Cracked Reflections: Using Sci-Fi to Comment on Reality

1030 Cracked Reflections: Using Sci-Fi to Comment on Reality

Explore the power of science fiction in mirroring and critiquing real-world issues with Frank Spotnitz.              

1030 Features Pitch Clinic with Joey Tuccio

1030 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.              

1200 AI for the Reluctant Writer: Embracing Generative AI in Screenwriting

1200 AI for the Reluctant Writer: Embracing Generative AI in Screenwriting

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

1200 Fearless Comedy

1200 Fearless Comedy

Challenging Power with Humor, with Dan Mazer              

1300 Lunch Break

1300 Lunch Break

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

1400 Independent Filmmaker Interview with guests TBC

1400 Independent Filmmaker Interview with guests TBC

We’ve got someone lined up for this, but need to confirm before going public!              

1400 Panel on Adaptations with panelists TBC

1400 Panel on Adaptations with panelists TBC

This panel is still coming together. Check back soon for updates.        

1400 TV Pitch Clinic with John Yorke

1400 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.              

1530 Novelists Writing Screenplays Panel - Panelists TBC

1530 Novelists Writing Screenplays Panel - Panelists TBC

This one is cooking, just need to confirm a few things before adding specifics. Check back soon.

1530 Writing Low Budget Panel - Panelists TBC

1530 Writing Low Budget Panel - Panelists TBC

This one is cooking, just need to confirm a few things before adding specifics. Check back soon.

1700 Saturday Night At The Movies: Hellboy

1700 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.              

1700 The Three Dimensions of Screenwriting

1700 The Three Dimensions of Screenwriting

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

BlueCat's experience with sponsoring LSF was a walk in the park. We received great exposure and our brand was greatly enhanced by our association with such a top-flight organisation."

Gordy Hoffman, CEO | BlueCat

Gordy Hoffman, CEO | BlueCat

7th April 2024, Sunday

0900 Final Draft: The Latest & Greatest on FD 13

0900 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.

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

0900 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.

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

1030 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?

1030 What filmmakers ACTUALLY do with your finished script – live script edit

1030 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!  

1200 Ten Contract Hacks Every Writer Should Know

1200 Ten Contract Hacks Every Writer Should Know

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

1300 Lunch Break

1300 Lunch Break

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

1400 Your Agent & You

1400 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.            

1530 Breakdown of a New Release with Karol Griffiths

1530 Breakdown of a New Release with Karol Griffiths

Specific details still getting firmed up, but this one’s going to be great!              

1530 Superposition Yourself for the Future with Alexis Kirke

1530 Superposition Yourself for the Future with Alexis Kirke

Doctor Doctor Alexis Kirke returns to talk about algorithms, AI, and quantum computing as they relate to the future of the industry and screenwriting.

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

1630 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.              

The highlights were Dominic Morgan, Chris Hampton, Peaky Blinders and Bridge of Spies. Loved the traditional PitchFest. Every person I pitched asked to read my script."

Thesy Surface, Writer, Actress, Beauty Blogger

Thesy Surface, Writer, Actress, Beauty Blogger

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.

An embarrassment of riches; I was like a kid in a candy store."

Amanda Harper, Creative

Amanda Harper, Creative

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.

I learned a lot, found strength and courage for pitching (and the next steps), met brilliant people and generally had such a laugh throughout!"

Susie Farrell, Screenwriter

Susie Farrell, Screenwriter