Sessions 2020

Sessions are now appearing on this page and are 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.

Rich, varied and current selection of speakers and panel experts; great venue and professionally and smoothly run. Fantastic value for money..."

Simon Preston, writer

Simon Preston, writer

Headliners

Braveheart Script to Screen

Braveheart Script to Screen

Few films pack as much emotional punch, adventure and romance as Braveheart. And we are privileged to have the Oscar®-nominated screenwriter, Randall Wallace, to join us for this 25th anniversary screening at LondonSWF.

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!

I'm writing a thriller, and my mentor – who I'm having regular sessions with – wrote a book on how to write thrillers. Doesn't get much better than that."

Mark MacNicol

Mark MacNicol

Script to Screen

EastEnders Script to Screen: One Writer’s Journey with Philip Lawrence

EastEnders Script to Screen: One Writer’s Journey with Philip Lawrence

Phil is blazing a trail into British television. His fist major gig was on EastEnders last year, and in this intimate and personal session, Phil will share his writing journey through pitch, first draft, rewrites and final shooting via selected scenes.

Fawlty Towers Script to Screen

Fawlty Towers Script to Screen

Download the script, read it, then watch the episode accompanied by live commentary from Karol Griffiths, who has over twenty years’ experience as script editor and development consultant on global smash-hit comedies such as Friends, Roseanne and How I Met Your Mother.

Stan & Ollie Script to Screen

Stan & Ollie Script to Screen

Appearing in 107 films in a dazzling three-decade career, Laurel and Hardy are built into the bedrock of classic Hollywood comedy. Last year, Stan & Ollie took audiences on a journey behind the curtain of these stars of vaudeville and screen. Here, the writer Jeff Pope takes us behind the scenes of its making.

Kung Fu Panda Script to Screen

Kung Fu Panda Script to Screen

It’s about time we did a deep-dive analysis into how animated features get written and produced, which is why we are SUPER excited to get up close and personal with Po, Crane, Mantis, Tigress, Monkey, Oogway and Master Shifu… and of course the film’s director, John Stevenson.

Peaky Blinders Script to Screen

Peaky Blinders Script to Screen

With season six currently in production, Peaky Blinders manages to fuse urban fact with myth to deliver a show crammed with fascinating, compelling and dynamic characters and plot twists and turns that have us all yelling at the screen. Join the show’s director, Anthony Byrne, as he talks us through an episode.

The sheer raw energy bouncing from writer to writer and from room to room was something truly special."

Daniel Martin Eckhart, Screenwriter

Daniel Martin Eckhart, Screenwriter

Screenwriting Practical Help

Screenwriting Competitions: How to Navigate Them

Screenwriting Competitions: How to Navigate Them

Many writers see competitions as the best way to get recognised. Hear from festival organisers, readers, and winners about the pros and cons of each competition, and how to use them as a springboard to the next level.

Tell Your Own Story

Tell Your Own Story

If you come from an underrepresented background, you know the obstacles between you and a career in The Industry. So join the conversation, as Jay Harley asks “What can we do to break through?”

Relive Your Childhood Fears to Write Horror

Relive Your Childhood Fears to Write Horror

Creating a scary horror screenplay is daunting. The universality of fear – ironically – makes it difficult to access in an audience. Join veteran independent horror writer/director Pat Higgins for cool tips on how to thrill and chill your audience. You may take a whole seat in this session, but you will only need… THE EDGE!

Write a Movie in 30 Days

Write a Movie in 30 Days

Finding time to get words on the page plagues us all. Join writer Pat Higgins as he guides you through the tricks and techniques he has developed in his decades in the business. He will show you how to get from vague idea to solid screenplay in 30 days without giving up the day job…AND how to have fun doing it.

Writing Substance and Subtext

Writing Substance and Subtext

This session will explore how a screenplay can be written in such a way that it does not follow the standard hero’s/heroine’s journey structure of traditional Hollywood films, but instead reflects the essential characteristics of the protagonist through the use of motifs – or “fractals”.

Stage Your Show at the Edinburgh Fringe

Stage Your Show at the Edinburgh Fringe

Whether you aspire to be an international superstar like Phoebe Waller-Bridge or a self-contained storyteller controlling every detail of your material, the path to success may just lead through the Edinburgh Fringe. Join this panel for a rollicking conversation about the thrills and pitfalls of bringing your project to Edinburgh.

There’s Never Enough Time, Money or Light: What ACTUALLY Happens to Your Script When It's Filmed

There’s Never Enough Time, Money or Light: What ACTUALLY Happens to Your Script When It's Filmed

In this unmissable, epic session, we breakdown a screenplay with an entire production team – cast, director, producer, production designer, costume designer, first AD… The whole team on stage as they translate the screenplay into a schedule and budget.

Pixar and the Craft of Storytelling

Pixar and the Craft of Storytelling

Pixar Studios is THE most successful filmmaking group in history. The biggest key to their success? Their understanding of and commitment to STORY. Learn how the master storytellers at Pixar employ these narrative dynamics to imbue their movies with compelling themes and universal emotional appeal.

Using Screenplay Style to Express YOUR Voice

Using Screenplay Style to Express YOUR Voice

Scene description offers a writer the opportunity to express their unique voice. How? Through the marriage of genre and style. Scott Myers debunks the mythical screenwriting ‘rules’ and demonstrates the ways in which successful professional writers convey their voice through screenplay style.

Write a Worthy Nemesis

Write a Worthy Nemesis

A well-drawn Nemesis will enliven a screenplay by functioning as a worthy foe to the Protagonist and creating the story’s central conflict. Learn how to think of the Nemesis as a projection of your Protagonist’s shadow enabling you to create a psychological connection between these two pivotal characters.

Write like a Pro Screenwriter Before You Turn Pro

Write like a Pro Screenwriter Before You Turn Pro

The best way to prepare yourself for a career as a professional screenwriter is to approach the craft as if you already ARE a professional screenwriter. With over thirty commissioned film and TV writing projects to his credit, Scott Myers will clue you into twenty-plus tips and techniques he has picked up over the years.

It's a Mystery

It's a Mystery

Crime and thriller are the most popular genres in film and television. Discover the secrets of crafting a killer crime story and find out how to use mystery techniques to hook an audience… whatever your genre.

50 Habits of Successful Screenwriters

50 Habits of Successful Screenwriters

Join our distinguished panel of successful screenwriters as we deep-dive into patterns, habits and strategies to reveal 50 ways to literally get more from your time, resources, contacts and imagination. Some are simple, others cerebral, many challenging… but ALL will increase your probability of success.  

50 Page Turners… Making Your Script Unputdownable

50 Page Turners… Making Your Script Unputdownable

The story we choose to tell is compelling, or we would not choose to tell it in the first place. So what can we do to the words we write to elevate it into a page turner? Five experts reveal the 50 ways YOU can improve your script RIGHT NOW.  

Based on a True Story: Keeping It Real… Or Not

Based on a True Story: Keeping It Real… Or Not

How do screenwriters balance staying faithful to facts with making a narrative work dramatically? How many liberties can you take before leaving reality behind? This session will explore these and other questions involved in adapting stories based on real events and consider how these relate to YOUR projects.

Every Payoff Needs a Setup

Every Payoff Needs a Setup

If you have a problem with your end, you really have a problem with the beginning. Every payoff needs a setup. The more satisfying the payoff, and we all love a good ending, the more work the writers have done in the first thirty pages of the script.

First Impressions Matter… Delivering the Killer Opening Pages

First Impressions Matter… Delivering the Killer Opening Pages

In this session, we will be confronting many of the immediate reasons a producer, reader or exec might put down your script within ten minutes and reach for the next one on the pile.

How to Write Characters that Change Authentically and Satisfy Audiences

How to Write Characters that Change Authentically and Satisfy Audiences

Character transformation is at the heart of most screenplays, but why is it so important? Is character transformation just a tried and tested Hollywood formula based on outdated hero myths?

Mining for Meaning

Mining for Meaning

How exploring the innate yet immutable web of connections between genre, subject matter and theme can help you tell more engaging and profound stories.

Science(ish): Science Goes to the Movies

Science(ish): Science Goes to the Movies

Hollywood’s take on technology is more important than you think. William Goldman famously said that, in Hollywood, nobody knows anything. But it’s not true. Many of Hollywood’s directors, producers and screenwriters know a lot about science.

Small Canvas, Big Picture

Small Canvas, Big Picture

How to use stakes, scope and scale to tell BIG stories in small settings. Writing to get produced, even on lower budgets, will significantly improve your chances of getting your script to set. And everyone loves a high-stakes story in a smaller setting and reduced scale…

The DIY Script Doctor – How to Find and Fix the Flaws in Your Script

The DIY Script Doctor – How to Find and Fix the Flaws in Your Script

It’s not always easy to see them, but 90% of the flaws in your screenplay can be self-diagnosed, providing you know how to analyse a script.

The Primary Colours of Story 1: Knowledge Gaps and Subtext

The Primary Colours of Story 1: Knowledge Gaps and Subtext

A story is a conversation between a writer and an audience. A writer encodes using knowledge gaps. The audience decodes using subtext. That, right there, is the substance of every story ever made.

The Primary Colours of Story 2: Character

The Primary Colours of Story 2: Character

The writer’s principle means of generating story magic in the mind of the reader or viewer is through the choices made by compelling characters. In this session, you will discover the six questions you should ask each of your characters.

The Primary Colours of Story 3: The Role of the Audience

The Primary Colours of Story 3: The Role of the Audience

Ultimately, a story is built in the the audience’s imagination. They do all the important work long after the writer is gone and forgotten. Understanding how your story provokes the audience’s mind is both the magic of story and the key to great writing.

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!  

The experience of Pitchfest was terrifying but worthwhile, as I learned so much by trying something outside of my comfort zone."

Siobhan McKiernan, Writer

Siobhan McKiernan, Writer

Great British PitchFest

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!

LSF reinvigorates a screenwriter's 'mojo' and infuses it with the strength to persevere."

Dee Chilton, Writer

Dee Chilton, Writer

Screenwriting for Film & Television

LIVE: TV Show in Development

LIVE: TV Show in Development

Take a unique peek into the development process of a real television show AS IT IS HAPPENING, with co-writers Michal Aviram and Romi Aboulafia who are currently working on their new female detective thriller, The Public.

Breaking into Genre TV

Breaking into Genre TV

In the crowded landscape of television production, binge watchers search by genre. Netflix, Amazon, and every other streaming service automatically feed viewers more of what they like. Writing in a specific genre is more important than ever before. How do you appeal to the fans of your chosen genre?

Dracula: A Modern Take on a Vintage Classic

Dracula: A Modern Take on a Vintage Classic

Following their magnificent reimaginings of such icons as The Doctor and Sherlock, creative titans Steven Moffat and Mark Gattis have once again given their treatment to a legendary character. Come hear the duo and producer Sue Vertue on how they brought their unique interpretation of Dracula to our screens.

The Trap: Lena Headey's Directorial Debut

The Trap: Lena Headey's Directorial Debut

Actress and international superstar Lena Headey debuts as writer/director with a screening of her BAFTA-nominated short film, The Trap, followed by an interview about her experiences of bringing it into reality… And, of course, there may be mention of her little known role as Queen Cersei in Game of Thrones.

Why We're Obsessed with Killing Eve

Why We're Obsessed with Killing Eve

Killing Eve is the poster child for strong female leads and diversity in its well-drawn BAME and LGBT characters. But it’s not just its inclusiveness that makes it feel so fresh and authentic. In this session, Lucy V Hay will discuss this iconic adaptation and why assassin stories never fail to capture the public’s imagination.

How Do You Get a TV Movie from A to Z to TX in a Year?

How Do You Get a TV Movie from A to Z to TX in a Year?

Hear how writer Barbara Machin, producer Jane Steventon and director Justin Molotnikov took the low-budget feature Susan Hill’s Ghost Story from inception to transmission on Channel 5 in only a year and the trials and tribulations they faced.

Acting Up: Writing to Attract the Killer Cast

Acting Up: Writing to Attract the Killer Cast

We all do it. Imagine our favourite actors saying our lines, maybe even write roles for a specific actor – without any notion of how to make that fantasy a reality. In this session, you will hear directly from professional actors what they look for when a script comes across their desk, and what turns their “Maybes” into “Yeses”.

Inside the Writers' Room

Inside the Writers' Room

Ever wondered what it’s REALLY like inside the writers’ room? How does collaboration work? How do you crack a story? What happens when the ideas dry up? Or when no one agrees? Get the inside scoop from TV legend Tony Jordan, experienced showrunner and creator of some of Britain’s best-loved shows.

Writing for the Female Gaze Part III

Writing for the Female Gaze Part III

For the third straight London SWF, we bring this thought-provoking, mind-opening session to screenwriters. The Female Gaze returns. With some of the most groundbreaking and trailblazing wonder women in the industry, we continue the conversation that affects ALL of us.

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

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

From Miss Marple to Dana Scully, numerous renditions of female TV detectives have always styled out the televisiual crime scene. This panel discusses why she holds such a fascination for the viewer, how writers have evolved her across the years, and where, in a post-Me Too landscape, she is likely to head next…

Beneath the Tunic: Writing and Making the BBC Historical Epic Poldark

Beneath the Tunic: Writing and Making the BBC Historical Epic Poldark

At its peak, with its perfect blend of action, adventure and romance, Poldark boasted TWICE the audience of Game of Thrones in Britain. Meet the team to find out how it was written and why audiences kept coming back, season after season.

Developing a Hit TV Show

Developing a Hit TV Show

Would you like to know how original serials and procedurals are REALLY designed? If the “over the counter” stuff leaves you confused or wanting, you’ve come to the right place: There’s more to TV series development than the superficial five-act paradigm!

What Makes a GREAT Adaptation?

What Makes a GREAT Adaptation?

How to identify the elements that lead to getting sold and produced. Adaptations are so ubiquitous: about half of Hollywood movies are adaptations, which also includes movies based on real people. An interesting novel doesn’t always become an interesting movie, nor does an interesting life.

Writing World-Class Longform TV: Sorting the Bait from the Bull

Writing World-Class Longform TV: Sorting the Bait from the Bull

Get your TV project in the best shape it can be for both a competitive and exciting marketplace in 2020.

I’ve really learnt what I can do to move my career on from this point forward."

Tom Couldrey, Screenwriter

Tom Couldrey, Screenwriter

In Conversation

200 Hours of TV: Writing Award-Winning Content

200 Hours of TV: Writing Award-Winning Content

Emmy-winning television writer, show-runner and crime specialist Barbara Machin has over 200 hours of transmitted television under her belt. In this interview, she will share her unmatched expertise in content creation to advise writers on where to turn next and inspire you to action like no one else can!  

All Killer and No Filler: Up Close with Israel's Hottest Screenwriter, Michal Aviram

All Killer and No Filler: Up Close with Israel's Hottest Screenwriter, Michal Aviram

“All killer and no filler” tweeted Stephen King of hit Netflix thriller, Fauda, on which Michal Aviram is one of the lead writers. Named Israel’s Best Screenwriter in 2017, Michal will discuss her storied career and being on the cusp of worldwide fame and success.

Braveheart: Meet the Cast

Braveheart: Meet the Cast

A masterful script, Hollywood production and the world’s biggest star on both sides of the camera: Braveheart was the perfect storm resulting in ten Oscar nominations and five wins. What was it like facing that whirlwind, bringing the world of William Wallace to life and reviving the story of an all-but-forgotten Scottish hero?

From Downton Abbey to Broadchurch: Producing the Nation's Favourite Shows

From Downton Abbey to Broadchurch: Producing the Nation's Favourite Shows

As Director of Drama Commissioning at ITV, Steve November left his mark on stalwarts such as Downton Abbey and Coronation Street, before becoming creative director at Lionsgate. Join us for a deep dive into the career of this prolific television producer.

Randall Wallace: A Life in Epic Cinema

Randall Wallace: A Life in Epic Cinema

Meet a Hollywood legend as we discuss his career, hits, failures and even his unproduced projects. Interviewed by writer/director Stuart Hazeldine, we will explore many of the recurring themes in his work such as justice, courage, humility and extraordinary lives. Get there early, it will be crammed.

Forensic Analysis of a Criminally Successful Career

Forensic Analysis of a Criminally Successful Career

In a landscape awash with police procedurals and other crime dramas, it takes a show creator of distinctive voice and talent to stand out from the crowd. With a career that includes The Tunnel, Unforgotten and Hustle – as well as Netflix romcom The Hook Up Plan, Chris Lang has kept audiences on the edges of their seats.

Stop thinking, just buy your ticket. Now! Seriously, you will not regret it.

Andrew Fleming, Screenwriter

Andrew Fleming, Screenwriter

Have You Considered?

Writing for Unlimited Budgets and Creativity: Audio Drama

Writing for Unlimited Budgets and Creativity: Audio Drama

Big Finish creates official audio dramas such as Doctor Who and Sherlock, adding depth to these worlds in ways TV cannot. Discover how to write exciting, limitless audio stories – from sci-fi to horror or futuristic to historical, audio drama can be anything.

I doubt so much information has ever been shared so generously with so many people in such short time."

Emma King-Farlow, Screenwriter

Emma King-Farlow, Screenwriter

Screenwriting Talent Fast Track

Beginner's Guide to Your FIRST Trip to LA and Hollywood

Beginner's Guide to Your FIRST Trip to LA and Hollywood

If your writing is even slightly leaning toward the international or American sensibility, needs greater scale with a stellar cast and associated distribution (and even if it doesn’t), every writer SHOULD make a trip to LA… And sooner rather than later.

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.

The Art, Craft and Business of Seduction: Getting a YES (almost) Every Time!

The Art, Craft and Business of Seduction: Getting a YES (almost) Every Time!

Consultant psychiatrist Dr Raj Persaud reveals, veil by veil, the hidden psychology that you can immediately leverage to radically improve your hit rate.

I had been trying to write a film for two years…now I have a strong outline and will start writing tonight!"

Oluyemisi Wada, Filmmaker, Writer, www.asakeproductions

Oluyemisi Wada, Filmmaker, Writer, www.asakeproductions

Script Labs

Script Lab 1: Writing International Crime and Action Drama for Longform TV with Michal Aviram

Script Lab 1: Writing International Crime and Action Drama for Longform TV with Michal Aviram

In this three-hour lab with Michal Aviram you will learn how to conceive, pitch, write and deliver crime drama and thriller that is, crucially, not American to the powerhouse streaming companies like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Script Lab 2: Writing Children's TV with Catherine Williams

Script Lab 2: Writing Children's TV with Catherine Williams

In this three-hour lab with Catherine, you will get to grips with the commissioning process, delivery expectations and the overall business of the children’s TV market.

Script Lab 3: Writing For Soaps and Serial TV with Phil and Lisa

Script Lab 3: Writing For Soaps and Serial TV with Phil and Lisa

The smart writers know that the best way to learn to write under pressure, hone craft, create contacts and earn both credits and money is through the soaps and serial TV.

Script Lab 4: Character Intensive with Scott Myers

Script Lab 4: Character Intensive with Scott Myers

Enrich and focus your story by immersing yourself in the lives of your characters in this three-hour lab for TV and film screenwriters.

Script Lab 5: Writing for Independent Cinema with Clive Frayne

Script Lab 5: Writing for Independent Cinema with Clive Frayne

How do you write a script that will be attractive to UK and international producers working in the £250K to £900K range? How do you make it cinematically rich and rewarding with a powerful story AND the ability to be shot cheaply and quickly?

If you don't come away from this feeling inspired and motivated then you'd better check whether you actually have a pulse in the first place!"

Matthew Curlewis, Writer

Matthew Curlewis, Writer

Cool Tools

Final Draft 1 – The Basics and Beyond

Final Draft 1 – The Basics and Beyond

Join Shelly Mellott, Vice President of Final Draft, as she demos the basics of the industry standard screenwriting software, then dive into how writers can use powerful new tools to brainstorm, visualise, collaborate, and customise the writing environment like never before. 

Final Draft 2 – Insider Tips, Tricks and Hacks

Final Draft 2 – Insider Tips, Tricks and Hacks

As the world’s leading scriptwriting software, Final Draft automatically formats and paginates scripts, but it can do so much more. In this in-depth session, Final Draft VP Shelly Mellott will show you how to unlock the software’s powerful prewriting, visualising, character developing, and reporting tools.

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 only someone of his experience could offer."

Nathan Russell-Raby, Screenwriter

Nathan Russell-Raby, Screenwriter

Open & 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 LSF is one of the best festivals that I have ever attended. There was great talent there... and I hope to find a client or so!!"

Brandy Rivers, Gersh Agency, Hollywood

Brandy Rivers, Gersh Agency, Hollywood

Social Connection

Networking Drinks in the Refectory

Networking Drinks in the Refectory

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.

It was awesome – thanks to the whole crew! Doesn't seem fair to pick out sessions, but the Bridge of Spies Script to Screen and the Christopher Hampton Q&A were sublime."

Matt White, Screenwriter

Matt White, Screenwriter

Festival Week: Additional One-Day Masterclasses

Master Character-Driven Screenwriting and Storytelling with Scott Myers (September 3rd 2020)

Master Character-Driven Screenwriting and Storytelling with Scott Myers (September 3rd 2020)

In a story, one character demands a writer’s overall attention: the Protagonist. Learn how to find your story by immersing yourself in all your characters, beginning and ending with the Protagonist.

Pitching Thursday (*Evening*) at LondonSWF (September 3rd 2020)

Pitching Thursday (*Evening*) at LondonSWF (September 3rd 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.

Pitching and Writing for the Big Players in LA (September 2nd 2020)

Pitching and Writing for the Big Players in LA (September 2nd 2020)

Every year, hundreds of British and European screenwriters get repped in LA. It’s the biggest, most dynamic market on Earth. Anyone who wants to write commercially is crazy to ignore the opportunities in LA. Join this one-day course with Joey Tuccio.

Networking Tuesday: Work the Room with Confidence - Festival Week (September 1st 2020)

Networking Tuesday: Work the Room with Confidence - Festival Week (September 1st 2020)

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.

LSF feels like school, uni and the warmest, snuggliest part of my bedroom all rolled into one!"

Cera Rose Pickering, Screenwriter, Actress

Cera Rose Pickering, Screenwriter, Actress

Additional Courses, Workshops & Masterclasses

Breaking into Script Reading, Two-Day Workshop with Lucy V Hay (Nov 7th & 8th 2020)

Breaking into Script Reading, Two-Day Workshop with Lucy V Hay (Nov 7th & 8th 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.

Master Character-Driven Screenwriting and Storytelling with Scott Myers (September 3rd 2020)

Master Character-Driven Screenwriting and Storytelling with Scott Myers (September 3rd 2020)

In a story, one character demands a writer’s overall attention: the Protagonist. Learn how to find your story by immersing yourself in all your characters, beginning and ending with the Protagonist.

Pitching Thursday (*Evening*) at LondonSWF (September 3rd 2020)

Pitching Thursday (*Evening*) at LondonSWF (September 3rd 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 (June 27th and 28th)

Advanced Structure: 2 day Masterclass with John Yorke (June 27th and 28th)

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

John Yorke's session was hugely helpful, giving me insight into serial structures and what commissioners are looking for – plus, as I was asking his advice on my TV drama, he requested the script!

Rachel Paterson, Screenwriter

Rachel Paterson, Screenwriter

To Be Revealed Before LSF'2020

Where before I was hoping it would all happen, I now have a clear path forward, and I’m actively pursuing projects for film, TV, radio and the Internet."

David Hitchcox, Screenwriter

David Hitchcox, Screenwriter

LSFIntensive

LSF Intensive: John Yorke... Create a TV Show in a Day (July 11th)

LSF Intensive: John Yorke... Create a TV Show in a Day (July 11th)

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 Intensive: Writing with Greater Depth and Authenticity with Karol Griffiths (June 27th)

LSF Intensive: Writing with Greater Depth and Authenticity with Karol Griffiths (June 27th)

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 Intensive: First Draft. A Three-Month, Mentor-Led Programme to Write Your First Polished Draft (May 16th to August 16th)

LSF Intensive: First Draft. A Three-Month, Mentor-Led Programme to Write Your First Polished Draft (May 16th to August 16th)

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

What you have done for the delegates was beyond what any other festival of its kind does."

James Hughes, Screenwriter

James Hughes, Screenwriter