Leverage YOUR life: Should You Write What You Know?

Room: Tuke Hall

with Jed Mercurio, Adil Ray, and Eran Creevy
moderated by Danny Stack

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It’s one of the oldest pieces of advice given to aspiring writers, “Write what you know”.

But should writers “write what they know”? If taken too literally there would be no science fiction, or period drama; if ignored altogether, writing would lose its integrity and truthfulness.

Writers need to ask themselves what *exactly* they know – and utilise those skills if appropriate, contrasting them against what they want to SAY, tempering it with a sense of who they’re trying to say it to … their audience. But how to do this?

Discussing this difficult balancing act is veteran TV writer Jed Mercurio, behind BODIES and CARDIAC ARREST and Mark Pallis, whose big break came as a new writer on GARROW’S LAW.

Appearing in this session

Eran Creevy

Eran Creevy – Director and Screenwriter

Credits include: Shifty, Welcome To The Punch

Eran wrote and directed the BAFTA nominated Shifty; his latest feature Welcome To The Punch was Executive Produced by Ridley Scott.
Eran Creevy
Jed Mercurio

Jed Mercurio – Screenwriter

Credits include: Line Of Duty, Cardiac Arrest

Jed's most recent credit, 'Line of Duty', is the most watched BBC2 drama series in the multichannel era.
Jed Mercurio
Adil Ray

Adil Ray – Screenwriter and Performer

Credits include: Citizen Khan, Bellamy's People

2012 is set to be a very exciting year for Adil as his character Mr Khan appears in his own BBC1 comedy show Citizen Khan.
Adil Ray
Danny Stack

Danny Stack – Screenwriter

Credits include: Origin, Eastenders, Liquid Lunch

Screenwriter, script editor and filmmaker. His latest feature is the live-action family film Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?
Danny Stack