|LondonSWF 2021 (September) Update
Due to Covid uncertainty, we will be running a hybrid festival in 2021, with a three-day live event* and online sessions spread over a longer period of time. Things could change rapidly so keep an eye on our updates HERE. In person delegates will require daily flow tests and vaccine status declaration.
Sessions will be added throughout the Summer of 2021.
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.
"LSF puts screenwriters, often overlooked, in the spotlight - It showcases our talented screenwriters as well as nurturing new vibrant voices."
Amanda Harper, Writer & Filmmaker
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As we set off to continue our writing – and maintaining our supportive community – take Pen’s advice with you.
It’s Closing Time for the festival, and beloved LSF superstar Karol Griffiths is here to give you her blessing for whatever comes next. A creative journey has been undertaken by all of us, and who better to stoke that spark than Karol?
It’s been a wild festival – returning to the live stage, returning to the online space, the information and inspiration from so many guests. Join Chris and Bob as they reminisce about the highlights from a decade of the London Screenwriters’ Festival.
This epic writer is here to share the wisdom he has gained (“The Complete Book of Scriptwriting,” “Becoming A Writer, Staying A Writer”) in this can’t-miss session.
Trish Curtin and BAFTA- and Emmy-winning Screenwriter Anthony Mullins join us all the way from Australia to talk character and story arcs, and how to find fresh, authentic stories in the messier corners of life.
Defying Expectations: In Conversation With Producer (Black Swan, Zodiac, Altered Carbon) Mike Medavoy
Hollywood Royalty isn’t easy to come by (unless you are attending the London Screenwriters’ Festival). He’s produced for Fincher, Aronofsky and so many more.
Meet Stephen Arthur & Matthew Joseph Campbell, the series creator for Weegies and Graeme Watt, the series director.
Playwright, Film and TV screenwriter and resolute envelope-pusher Lucinda Coxon shares the benefit of her experience as a writer who has carved out a reputation for going places other writers are reluctant to explore.
In the heat of summer it began, and now, in the cool breeze of autumn, Pat returns to wrap up the challenge. How is your low-budget script? Are you ready to launch it out into the world?
What is self-leadership and how do you become an effective leader of yourself?
With a CV that reads like a greatest hits in Science-Fiction television and a generosity of spirit nearly impossible to find, Jose Molina is giving us a precious half-an-hour as he heads into the writer’s room of his latest show.
The desire for stories from new perspectives has led to a demand for diverse voices. Race, gender, orientation, nationality, life experience – any and all of these life-defining traits allow stories to feel unusual. And telling them is our moral responsibility, to boot.
Debbie Moon (CBBC’s Wolfblood) joins us to chat about capturing that youthful imagination, and the specific story beats that earns you lifelong fans.
Following her session, keep the conversation going in Zoom with Lucy the Legend.
Sure, Final Draft is the industry standard for screenwriters, but what are the hidden features that really help the pros bring their scripts to life? Joe is back to drop the knowledge on you.
How do you balance race, society and entertainment in your project? Come ready to discuss some sensitive topics, and ready to learn.
The Protagonist's Journey: An Introduction to Character-Driven Screenwriting and Storytelling with Scott Myers
Elevate your protagonists journey. Festival rockstar Scott Myers returns, JUST as his new book is released too, so expect some fanfare!
Supporting YOUR story! You have a great idea, You decide to write your story but the overwhelm of doubt, procrastination perhaps fear shows up? Harriet will share with you how to manage your mindset and Unleash your Warrior Within to inspire you to enjoy the process and create your passion.
Following his session on the Protagonist’s Journey, hop into Zoom with Scott to have your individual questions and challenges answered by the master himself.
Kat Wood forged her own path and made it from London to Hollywood. In this inspirational and educational session, find out how — and what strategies you can implement in your own career.
A deep dive into the work of script doctors will cast a light on an aspect of writing often consigned to the shadows.
How can you design your show now to build long-term success? Sally’s here to show you how.
A great screenplay can only be grown from the authentic writer. Based on this philosophy, how do you access those inspirations that will make readers’ hearts soar?
Once again joining us from Australia, Linda Aronson is on Zoom to answer your questions.
Which “rules” lead to success (if any)? Which ones should writers ignore? Ian Shorr (Inevitable) returns to talk about the closest thing there is to a guaranteed path to success.
In this invaluable session, you will learn solve the problem of endless and ineffective rewrites via Clive Frayne’s unique process-driven approach.
Fresh from the Edinburgh Festival, Joanna Tilley has the five specific and unbeatable steps to creating female characters that will leap off the page and into readers’ hearts.
LSF regular and writer’s agent Jean Kitson joins us for a nuts and bolts session about how to grow and manage an actual, money-making career as a screenwriter
In this day and age where British content is in demand, what can writers do to tick that box while remaining relevant to a worldwide audience? Come to this session to find out!
Multi-award winning TV writer and parallel narrative guru Linda discusses insider tricks for advanced story beat construction, plus fractured storytelling.
Following the international smash hit, Criminal, George Kay has another Netflix sensation on his hands with Lupin. What is the secret alchemy that keeps audiences returning to his shows and smashing that NEXT EPISODE button?
Join him in Zoom for a conversation and questions that can bring your writing to the next incredible level.
Now that you’ve seen her amazing session from the Live Festival, let superagent Jean Kitson answer your questions in Zoom. This is a very rare opportunity for you to get some face time with Jean. Don’t miss it!
Jeff will demonstrate the process by spinning up a brand-new story idea on the spot. Participants should know the movie Training Day.
Spend some time with Chris Gore, professional movie fan and founder of Film Threat magazine as we discuss the pitfalls and practicalities in making fans of the audience.
Find out the biggest and irreversible change in the history of film-making and the five reasons why most aspiring screenwriters will fail to navigate this change.
This session is more than inspiration. It is about practical steps you can take to achieve your dreams. And if you don’t want that, then what are you even doing?
How does your writing style change when your goal is not production, but attention?
Final Draft can help you bring your script into the world, so don’t go into the breach without everything you need to make it work for you.
How do you get the reader turning those pages from the very start? What common pitfalls can you avoid? Script Consultant, and Founder/CEO of The Professional Pen is here to get your script off on the front foot.
With 25 years of TV (Cybill, Becker) and movie (Fracture, Disfigured, this year’s Zorro) writing experience backing him up, Glenn Gers has questions… Now your script needs to have the answers.
Hollywood producer and worldwide inspiration Gary Goldstein is back to strengthen you as a creative mastermind – not just a writer.
When you have the chance to be in the presence of one of the greatest of all time, you know what you do? You take that chance.
Join me for 30 minutes of Mindful Meditation where I will help you to release stress, worry and overwhelm and connect you deeply with your creative inspiration. Leaving you feeling refreshed, renewed and inspired.
He’s back to discuss his newest project: a new, hilarious adaptation of GARFIELD. Come reacquaint yourself with one of the all-time best and look to his future (and yours). Our conversations with Dave always generate solid gold advice – and this session will be no different.
Always generous with his time and welcoming to all delegates, Dave can give you laser-sharp career advice or regale you with stories from Pixar, and everything in between.
When you are looking for a triple threat talent, Jed Mercurio is your man. Great stories flow through his veins. Let this titan of British writing give you the inspiration and keys to greatness that have guided him his whole career.
Festival favourites Phil and Ted embark on another excellent adventure into screenwriting. This time their sights set on genre.
Mark Sanderson is here to prepare you for your own journey with the tactics developed over the past twenty years of working in the film industry.
We often use phrases like ‘truth bombs’ or ‘lightbulb moments’. Well, this session is going to be that, but in rapid succession, covering the art and craft of screenwriting and the business.
It’s the midpoint of the challenge, and like all midpoints, it’s time to revitalize your story with more energy and impact! Pat’s back to invigorate you and your writing.
For the last year, writers have learned how to elevate their writing using the strategies illustrated through the work of Aaron Sorkin. Get a glimpse into these techniques with Bob as he unveils the first 2 of the 10 Sorkin-mandments!
A Screenwriting Life… How to survive, thrive and find meaning in our work with Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna
Screenwriting success lives at the crossroads between heart, soul AND craft, savvy and experience. Join us at that crossroads for an inspirational and also practical session to connect us all with our WHY so we too can follow our own true path to success.
Producers and representatives say they want a writer with a strong voice and a personal style. What does this mean and how can you find your voice on the page?
Join Chris and Bob as they look forward to the next two weeks of fantastic content and adventures.
Come and talk to him about how you can leverage competition wins to build your career, and ask him about making it in movies outside Hollywood.
Henry Fitzherbert has over a dozen script sales and commissions. He began his career as a film critic, before switching to screenwriting, script consulting and tutoring.
Why screenwriters should consider turning a great unsold script into a novel and self-publish if it can’t be sold.
Authors of narrative structure manual “The Beginning, the Middle and the End”, and Regents University screenwriting lecturers Phil Hughes and Ted Wilkes are passionate and relentless in the pursuit of excellent storytelling.
Understanding why a character does what they do is the key to unlocking character-driven scripts, and getting the audience to empathize with the darker characters in your stories.
Success comes in many forms, but the successful all have one thing in common. They stopped asking others for permission to be part of the industry and went out there to forge their own paths.
Becoming a weapons grade screenwriter starts on page 1. No script is ever sold on the strength of the first page, but sales can easily be lost that quickly. How do you fix a first page that isn’t working?
Submit your pitch in writing, and Sam Horley will whip it into shape live on stage. Not for the faint of heart, but a guaranteed upgrade on one of the most important tools a writer has these days: A written pitch.
Nicholl Award Winner and inspiring instructor Sean Robert Daniels returns to the LSF to guide you on the dialogue journey.
Before bringing an expensive lawyer into the fray, watch out for the tricks most often used to trip writers up. Super-Agent Julian Friedmann is here to give you the map to the minefield so you know where to step.
Using data- and fact-based analysis, Stephen will share what advice is based in reality and… what may FEEL correct, but has no basis in reality.
From a creative standpoint, there are differences between a TRUE story and a GOOD story. In this course, Ellin Stein will dig deep on how to avoid making your script read like Wikipedia.
From Spec To Screen: Script Devel The Low-Budget Masterpiece: Your Key to Self-Determined Success with Pat Higgins
We are thrilled to have Pat with us live! Whether you are participating in his 30-Day Script Challenge or not, Pat holds the key to the kingdom.
How to best navigate the waters of those who would change your beloved series? Especially when some of them control your fate?
BAFTA-nominated Aschlin Ditta is here to offer advice on your writing (and your life!) to milk humor out of every situation, and leave your audience with split sides.
Let’s deep dive into the data that reveals what audiences crave from their movie-going experiences and how we can use this to radically improve our chances of getting produced.
If you seek an audience that will be devoted to your show, kids might just be where it’s at. Join us as Tim Bain gives a glimpse into inspiring the imaginations of an audience of children.
What boxes does your spec have to tick to break in? You might never get the chance to climb the ladder if you can’t get on the first rung. Let Richard Kurti clear the way for you in this crucial session.
If your comedy script is running out of petrol by act 2, you must improve your entertainment endurance. James Wood is here to tell you how.
In this session, Alexis explores the vital roles that algorithms play in the modern movie and TV industry, and how a screenwriter can use knowledge of these algorithms to their advantage.
Good world-building, character drama, pulpy deliciousness, and career advancement are all on tap as you break in. What’s it like in the room and how does a writer deliver for an audience who knows the characters better than their own families?
Meet the BAFTA and EMMY award-winning filmmaker who has brightened up our Christmases with her four fun-packed, nativity-themed films: “Nativity” starring Martin Freeman (2009).
Are you looking to cut your teeth on making your first film and then carry on from there to build a sustainable career in filmmaking? Speak to Pat Higgins and Fenella Greenfield with your questions on how to make your micro budget short.
Lisa has written for two of the UK’s most iconic shows, “Doctors” and “Eastenders”, as well as for Jimmy McGovern’s “Moving On”.
You are going to write a low budget feature film that can be made in 2022. And it’s longer than thirty days, with training from conception, through first draft and rewrites.
Famed for “Herding Cats” on stage, “The Crimson Petal and the White” on TV and “The Danish Girl” on the silver screen, this is your chance to get acquainted with one of the UK’s most incisive writers.
How to deal with a £1 option, a shopping agreement or a request to write a spec script.
We focus on four main subjects: Attitudes to networking; Who to network with; How to network in person; How to network online.
Come find out more about Jessica Ruston, the writer, in this unique opportunity to chat with her.
Julian has over 30 years’ experience practicing in the area of media, entertainment and intellectual property law.
Chief Storyteller and Co-Founder of One 3 Creative, Houston Howard is the go-to guy on expanding story across different media.
How to get an agent, and why most scripts fail to get an agent or to sell.
This is your chance to join an intimate roundtable with one of the kings of adaptation, award-winning author and screenwriter Simon Nye.
The variety of sessions means that no matter which genre or medium you want to write in, there will be something to suit you."
Beverly Sanford, Screenwriter
Awaiting Schedule Confirmation For LondonSWF 2021
I want to apply all the techniques I’ve learned here to the feature script I’m writing. It reminded me again of the journey I’m on."