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Prequel To Cannes Networking Event, Feb 8th-9th, 2012

One question I get asked A LOT by Bang2writers is, “Where can I network?” So… What are you doing February 8th and 9th, 2012? Come to the Prequel To Cannes Networking Party at the Lighthouse, Poole!! The party brings Dorset’s scripty types out in force – including TV writer Danny Stack, as well as filmmakers Tim Clague and Suki Singh. And of course little ol’ me! There are masterclasses and events on offer during the day, too: I will be offering a class on pitching, before chairing a pitching event where participants will be invited to pitch their projects to… Read More »Prequel To Cannes Networking Event, Feb 8th-9th, 2012

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Frauds & Parasites! (Or Why There’s ALWAYS More Than One Way Of Looking At This Scriptwriting Lark)

WRITER 1: There’s this person, right. S/he’s written a book/a blog and/or designed a course/put on a conference and reckons it’ll help writers understand writing. WHAT A FRAUD. WRITER 2: (quietly) Actually I read it/did it and found it quite helpful. WRITER 1: Yeah, well, I don’t so I’m gonna tell you: YOU’RE AN IDIOT. WRITER 2: Well, that’s not very nice. WRITER 1: Sorry, you’re forcing my hand. If you believe in all these formulas and whatnot for success, you’re an arse. WRITER 2: Except, I never actually said that did I? I said I thought the book/course was… Read More »Frauds & Parasites! (Or Why There’s ALWAYS More Than One Way Of Looking At This Scriptwriting Lark)

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Linda Aronson Advanced Screenwriting Masterclass – MASSIVE discount for Bang2writers!!!

I read LOADS of scripts that try to use advanced storytelling techniques, such as time jumps, tandem narrative, flashback and non-linearity. And guess what: 99% of them do not use these techniques well. This is why these techniques end up with a bad name in the spec pile, which of course is such a shame and threatens creativity as readers on work experience end up believing McKee-style assertions about supposed “lazy writing” instead. If only there was someone who ran classes on HOW to use these devices WELL… … Oh wait THERE IS! None other than Linda Aronson. Now I… Read More »Linda Aronson Advanced Screenwriting Masterclass – MASSIVE discount for Bang2writers!!!

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Why You SHOULD Do A Course In Scriptwriting by Eleanor Ball

Last week Lucy penned a really useful post on media careers and what to do after a media course, which inspired me to churn out some thoughts as a meedja student about to face the abyss. I’m in the final term of a scriptwriting MA, which means much less classes, and much more closing the curtains on warm sunny days. Not to get too personal or anything, but here is a snap of my Halls of Residence bedroom floor: … So what that photo probably tells you is that when I’ve finished with something I literally just THROW it from… Read More »Why You SHOULD Do A Course In Scriptwriting by Eleanor Ball

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ComedySWF Lowdown: April 9-10th, 2011

This weekend just past was The London Comedy Writers’ Festival. And what a weekend it was! I had a great time. Much as I loved the first London Screenwriters’ Festival last October, I actually spent at least 1/3rd of it with my head down the loo – not because of some weird initiation rite courtesy of festival director Chris Jones either (I was newly pregnant! Timing or what!). So it was FAB to really get involved and not have to rush off what felt like every five mins this time! I moderated “The Chain” at 10:30am on the Saturday, with… Read More »ComedySWF Lowdown: April 9-10th, 2011

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The London Comedy Writers’ Festival, Apr 9/10th, 2011

So all week on my social network I’ve been going on and on about The London Comedy Writers’ Genre Festival, which takes place at Regents’ College, London the weekend of April 9/10th, 2011. But if you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook (why not??), you may not know about it – so here are all the details. The London Comedy Writers Genre Festival came about directly from the feedback of London Screenwriters Festival delegates and a survey we conducted recently, where we asked YOU what you wanted next from Team LSF. A festival dedicated to the craft and production… Read More »The London Comedy Writers’ Festival, Apr 9/10th, 2011

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Massive Actions Day With Jurgen Wolff – Free Online Event This Saturday (Jan 15, ’11)

Just got this from the endlessly enthusiastic and fabulous Janice Day – sign up now!———————————–It’s MAD (Massive Actions Day) this Saturday 15th January 2011, a day when people will support each other in taking action. And it’s free. We all need to take action and – as everyone knows – it’s easier with support. The great thing about this is that you get to choose what action you will take. It’s in aid of you. Going through my contacts list to set up a mailing group who might be interested in hearing about Jurgen Wolf’s MAD (Massive Action Day) this… Read More »Massive Actions Day With Jurgen Wolff – Free Online Event This Saturday (Jan 15, ’11)

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London Screenwriters’ Festival 2010

Wow. Just WOW. Words can’t describe the fantastic experience I had at London Screenwriters’ Festival but as we all know I’m not going to let a little *thing* like that try and stop me, so I’ll have a go. Regent’s College was amazing. The production staff, volunteers and helper-outers were amazing. The delegates were amazing! Everything was amazing! Oh, you want more? Okay: Friday. I didn’t have any sessions of my own on the Friday so I was tweeting and Facebooking like a mad thing. Leilani was the official blogger for the festival, you can check out all her amazing… Read More »London Screenwriters’ Festival 2010

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Linda Seger Tweetcast – London, 10/07/10 @ UCL

For those of you who missed my live Tweetcast on Twitter and Facebook yesterday… Enjoy.—————————————-CHARACTER Dimensions of Characters: emotion, realisation, decision, action #fb #lindaseger Different characters hav different emotional ranges. #fb #lindaseger Characters’ philosophies come out in their attitudes, wot they do and (sometimes) wot they say. #fb #lindaseger A 3D character thinks, acts, feels. Character description shld not rely on physical traits. #fb #lindaseger CONFLICT It’s difficult cos We’re told to diffuse conflict in REAL LIFE – Yet hav to do opposite in screenwriting #lindaseger #fb So many writers shy away form CONFLICT – Yet it is the lifeblood… Read More »Linda Seger Tweetcast – London, 10/07/10 @ UCL

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Linda Seger in London This Saturday — 10/07/10

Linda Seger is in London this weekend and hosting a course at University College, London (WC1H 0AJ), 10.30am-5.30pm. Linda is the author of eleven books, the most prominent being MAKING A GOOD SCRIPT GREAT. This is one of the first books about screenwriting I ever read and one of the few I actually recommend to my Bang2writers. I’ll certainly be counting up the magic beans in Bang2write Towers to see if I can go, ‘cos I’d really like to see what she has to say in the flesh. Tickets are £65 – £10 discount for those who can demonstrate they… Read More »Linda Seger in London This Saturday — 10/07/10

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Guest Post: Audrey Gillan’s Notes From The BBC TV Writers’ Festival in Leeds, 30 Jun – 01 Jul 2010

Couldn’t get to this last week >GNASH GNASH< but the lovely Audrey Gillan has stepped into the breach to provide the blog with notes. Enjoy!—————————————Whose voice is it anyway? Have writers lost the initiative? Nicola Schindler:It does have to fit with what the channels want to make. It’s our challenge to push those boundaries and be a bit pro-active with what people think they want. The last two years have been really hard and a lot less drama has been made. Top down commissiong is less prevalent? Jed Mercurio:There is life outside BBC/ITV/CH4. If you do just restrict yourself to… Read More »Guest Post: Audrey Gillan’s Notes From The BBC TV Writers’ Festival in Leeds, 30 Jun – 01 Jul 2010

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New Course – "Rewrite" With Mead Kerr & Phillip Shelley, Edinburgh

As we all know, writing is rewriting — so this course looks great for anyone struggling with theirs! If you go, let me know how you get on.——————————-REWRITE – AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO WORKING WITH SCRIPT EDITORS AND PRODUCERS No doubt you’ve heard that getting work in the film and TV industry is a case of, “Not what you know, but who you know.” Guess what? It’s true. Talent will get you so far but relationships are where the business gets done. Getting someone interested in your work is only the start of the process. This information packed one day… Read More »New Course – "Rewrite" With Mead Kerr & Phillip Shelley, Edinburgh

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