Sessions LondonSWF365 Online

We are excited to announce the LondonSWF 365 Online Festival line-up for May 2020.

Starting May 8th there will be online events EVERY day for four weeks.

We have designed sessions to inspire you, offer craft insight, create social connection and keep us all elevated in this difficult time.

Sessions will be live and also available later on-demand.  Beyond the four week festival we are planning on running two sessions a week online (including the very best from past festivals) until the next LondonSWF in the real world. This is LondonSWF 365. For updates about the festival, sign up below.

I’ve felt like royalty being part of Talent Campus and gained amazing friends along the way."

Sarah Cassidy, Screenwriter, Talent Camper

Sarah Cassidy, Screenwriter, Talent Camper

Year Round Festival Online

July 27th 8pm... Zoom! Session TBC

July 27th 8pm... Zoom! Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

July 16th 8pm... Creating Compelling Characters with Claudia Myers

July 16th 8pm... Creating Compelling Characters with Claudia Myers

Claudia Myers leads this cracking session about creating complex and compelling characters that hook us into a story and refuse to let us go.

July 13th 8pm... Echoes in eternity: In conversation with William Nicholson

July 13th 8pm... Echoes in eternity: In conversation with William Nicholson

Nicholson has an impressive body of work, Gladiator, Nell, Elizabeth: the Golden Age, Les Miserables, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and of course his hit play (which he adapted for the screen) Shadowlands.

August 27th 6pm... Embrace Your Weird with Felicia Day

August 27th 6pm... Embrace Your Weird with Felicia Day

Join Felicia Day as she talks creating an award-winning webseries, embracing new media, being a fan favourite, and overcoming Writer’s block!

July 9th 8pm... Writing With Purpose: How YOUR Work Can Change the World

July 9th 8pm... Writing With Purpose: How YOUR Work Can Change the World

What we do as screenwriters can often inspire hearts and minds, even change the world. If ever there was a reason to write, this is it…

August 10th 8pm... 'Silence Of The Lambs' Script-To-Screen with Ted Tally

August 10th 8pm... 'Silence Of The Lambs' Script-To-Screen with Ted Tally

Join Ted Tally in this extraordinary Script-To-Screen with the Oscar winning and universally acclaimed genre-inventing hit ‘Silence Of The Lambs’

August 17th 8pm... Finding Your Voice with Jen Grisanti

August 17th 8pm... Finding Your Voice with Jen Grisanti

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.

August 20th 8pm... Crafting the Perfect Character: The Heart of Your Story - with Jon Gilbert

August 20th 8pm... Crafting the Perfect Character: The Heart of Your Story - with Jon Gilbert

Your characters need to connect with your audience. They drive the story through their choices. They must simultaneously be multi-layered and clearly-defined, nuanced and precise, complicated and accessible. And they must attract actors and directors.   

August 27th 8pm... How Your Worst Writing Can Be Your BEST Work

August 27th 8pm... How Your Worst Writing Can Be Your BEST Work

Conquer perfectionism and writer’s block by purposely writing terrible scenes and dialogue. You read that right. The worst. You will finish a scene you were stuck on, make yourself laugh and then be inspired to make it better. Bad writing is the new good writing.

August 31st 8pm... The End: Inevitable but Unexpected... with Nic Ransome

August 31st 8pm... The End: Inevitable but Unexpected... with Nic Ransome

Using ideas from analytical psychology, myth and anthropology – and with examples from feature films, single episodes, season stories and multi-season arcs – we will show you how to get to grips with the most important final moments of your story.

August 6th 8pm... The Girl With All The Gifts: Urban Modern Horror Deconstruction

August 6th 8pm... The Girl With All The Gifts: Urban Modern Horror Deconstruction

From book, to script to screen, join us to experience the journey this extraordinary modern horror story undertook to become one of the most loving yet ferocious takes on the zombie genre.

July 20th 8pm... Writing Smash Hit Movies That Connect, with Nick Hornby

July 20th 8pm... Writing Smash Hit Movies That Connect, with Nick Hornby

Please join us in welcoming one of the most successful British writers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

July 23rd 8pm... 'Withnail and I' script to screen with Bruce Robinson

July 23rd 8pm... 'Withnail and I' script to screen with Bruce Robinson

“We want the finest wines available to humanity, we want them here and we want them now!” Bruce Robinson and ‘Withnail and I’ script to screen.

July 30th 8pm... Writing For The Right Young Audience; how to hit your mark every time!

July 30th 8pm... Writing For The Right Young Audience; how to hit your mark every time!

Do you want to write for children, but worry about hitting the right tone? Worry no more!  This panel of outstanding screenwriters will give you all the advice you could ask for to make sure your script is aimed at the right young audience.

October 5th 8pm... Psyche Up!: Using psychological techniques to write compelling characters

October 5th 8pm... Psyche Up!: Using psychological techniques to write compelling characters

Learn how to use powerful and psychologically-valid techniques to develop memorable and engaging characters in this session delivered by Kira-Anne Pelican.

September 10th 8pm... Die Hard Script-to-Screen with Jeb Stuart

September 10th 8pm... Die Hard Script-to-Screen with Jeb Stuart

Join us online… “We’ll get together, have a few laughs”… and watch the 1998 smash hit, whilst screenwriter Jeb Stuart talks us through the development and production of this Bruce Willis classic.

September 17th 8pm... Doing Crime: In Conversation with Jed Mercurio

September 17th 8pm... Doing Crime: In Conversation with Jed Mercurio

Join the King of Crime Writing Jed Mercurio, for a session with one of the industry’s most successful writers talking about one of the industry’s most beloved crime dramas.

September 21st 8pm... Somewhere in time: Writing Period Drama with Michael Hirst

September 21st 8pm... Somewhere in time: Writing Period Drama with Michael Hirst

Whether you write for cinema or television, this session will help you drive your career into the future, even as you find your inspiration in the past.

September 28th 8pm... What Makes the Audience Return To A Series? Mastering the Internal Story with Jen Grisanti

September 28th 8pm... What Makes the Audience Return To A Series? Mastering the Internal Story with Jen Grisanti

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.

September 7th 8pm... What Are They Doing To My Script? Script Editors Demystified

September 7th 8pm... What Are They Doing To My Script? Script Editors Demystified

This session will take an in-depth look at what a Script Editor’s day-to-day looks like as they shepherd a project to the finish line. How do they juggle their many different responsibilities? And how can you get the best working relationship with your script editor?

To get so many high-powered and practical people to the festival is a terrific achievement. I've benefited, and it's more than worth the cost."

Ed Griffiths, Screenwriter

Ed Griffiths, Screenwriter

Friday 2nd October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

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Professionally, the most fun and most productive three days I’ve ever spent. EVER."

Joanna Marie Fox, Screenwriter

Joanna Marie Fox, Screenwriter

Saturday 3rd October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

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Great speakers and great titbits of information."

Nat Nollid, Writer, @plancommonsense, @natnollid

Nat Nollid, Writer, @plancommonsense, @natnollid

Sunday 4th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

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From this particular Jersey girl who took 24 hours and a 13.5-hour, Force 7, sleepless, overnight ferry crossing to get there, A GREAT BIG THANK YOU!"

Jan Caston, Screenwriter

Jan Caston, Screenwriter

Monday 5th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

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

Tuesday 6th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

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LSF gave me a much clearer understanding of the industry than I had before I came."

Bianca Rowena, Screenwriter

Bianca Rowena, Screenwriter

Wednesday 7th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

Both the quantity and quality of expertise available at LSF combined with the extensive networking opportunities makes attendance a must for any serious screenwriter."

Gordon Slack, Screenwriter

Gordon Slack, Screenwriter

Thursday 8th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

The Festival has created a grounded, rounded, richly valuable experience for writers like myself."

Lee Stone, Writer

Lee Stone, Writer

Friday 9th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

I've never seen so many people so exhausted and elated at the same time!"

Leilani Holmes, Filmmaker, Screenwriter

Leilani Holmes, Filmmaker, Screenwriter

Saturday 10th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

You provide an experience that is way beyond the cost of that ticket. I don’t know how on Earth you do it but THANK YOU."

Lisa McMullin, Screenwriter

Lisa McMullin, Screenwriter

Sunday 11th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

Every single person comes away from LSF buzzing – it's just bloody phenomenal and I've already booked a ticket for the next one!"

Lisa McMullin, Screenwriter

Lisa McMullin, Screenwriter

Monday 12th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

The kick up the arse in terms of inspiration, and the new network I am a part of is invaluable. Just stop reading and invest in your skillset right now."

David Sobell, Screenwriter

David Sobell, Screenwriter

Tuesday 13th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

If you're serious about writing, you need to go; it will only benefit you."

Tomasz Aleksander, Writer, Director

Tomasz Aleksander, Writer, Director

Wednesday 14th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

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What an emotional end to a fucking rockstar weekend!"

Lee Burgess, Screenwriter

Lee Burgess, Screenwriter

Thursday 15th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

Absolute value for money. Plan what you're going to attend in advance and go for it."

Sarah Turner, Screenwriter

Sarah Turner, Screenwriter

Friday 16th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

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

Saturday 17th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

A fantastically friendly, supportive and inspiring environment for writers."

Jonathan Young, Screenwriter

Jonathan Young, Screenwriter

Sunday 18th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

As always, the only thing wrong with the LSF is that it only lasts three days."

David Marantz, Writer/Director

David Marantz, Writer/Director

Monday 19th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

Unforgettable. Outstanding. Still buzzing!"

Abbie Heath, Screenwriter

Abbie Heath, Screenwriter

Tuesday 20th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

We were absolutely thrilled about the positive response and engagement from the delegates, not to mention the support from the festival itself!"

Samuel Ellemark, Plotagon, Sweden

Samuel Ellemark, Plotagon, Sweden

Wednesday 21st October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

The opportunity to learn and connect is a huge draw, and this kind of collaboration is vital to the work."

Deanna Turnbull, Screenwriter

Deanna Turnbull, Screenwriter

Thursday 22nd October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

I can’t thank you enough for setting up LSF. I’ve learned so much, overcome the fear of pitching and met so many lovely people."

Sophia Elizabeth Tamaro, Screenwriter

Sophia Elizabeth Tamaro, Screenwriter

Friday 23rd October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

One of the best hours of my life – the Actors' Table Read at LSF."

Terry Comer, Screenwriter

Terry Comer, Screenwriter

Saturday 24th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

Just had a phone conversation with my Talent Campus mentor, and he's given me such brilliant insight into my project!"

Liz Holliday, Screenwriter

Liz Holliday, Screenwriter

Sunday 25th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

Where in the ‘real’ world could you just sit down with a stranger at a table and immediately have something in common?"

Peter Spencer, Screenwriter

Peter Spencer, Screenwriter

Monday 26th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

The Actors' Table Read was so illuminating – seeing what happens to your script when it is handed over to a director and actors was a complete eye-opener."

Joanna Marie Fox, Screenwriter

Joanna Marie Fox, Screenwriter

Tuesday 27th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

I came to LSF last year on a whim and left with an agent and having formed a writers group through a Script Lab."

Lisa McMullin, Screenwriter

Lisa McMullin, Screenwriter

Wednesday 28th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

A great networking opportunity. I succeeded in interesting one of the execs I pitched to. Loved the in-depth insider knowledge!"

James Alexander Allen, Writer, Director

James Alexander Allen, Writer, Director

Thursday 29th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

The organisers and volunteers are so enthusiastic and generous with their positivity that you can almost see people’s inhibitions and fears evaporating over the course of the weekend."

Angela Jameson, Author

Angela Jameson, Author

Friday 30th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

Such a brilliant weekend at London Screenwriters Festival. Such an impressive and inspiring event."

Rob Craine, Screenwriter

Rob Craine, Screenwriter

Saturday 31st October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

Every single person comes away from LSF buzzing – it's just bloody phenomenal and I've already booked a ticket for the next one!"

Lisa McMullin, Screenwriter

Lisa McMullin, Screenwriter

Session Moved To The Next London 'Real World' Festival (not online)

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.

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.

Your lawyer listened to our concerns and answered our questions completely, giving very clear and specific advice that was easy to understand."

Carole Parsons, Screenwriter

Carole Parsons, Screenwriter