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BREAKING NEWS: All Writers Shall Go To The Ball!!!!

I dunno, after not blogging for ages (well ages for me), I bring 2 posts in ONE day… Depressed there is no SWF this year? FEAR NOT. I have it on VERY good authority there WILL be a new festival running this year, not just for writers but for all their filmmaking contemporaries too! It sounds really cool and there’s loads of stuff being planned and I wish I could say more because I may just EXPLODE — but no! You must wait until the website launch (they’ll beat me otherwise – 100% factoid). So — WATCH THIS SPACE. Not… Read More »BREAKING NEWS: All Writers Shall Go To The Ball!!!!

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Go on go on go on go on go on go on go on…

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock: I’M DOING A CLASS AT EALING STUDIOS TOMORROW. 10 – 5. It’ll be hosted by Chris Jones of Living Spirit We’ll be looking at feedback – how it affects us as writers, how we can sort the wheat from the chaff, how to deal with rejection, why a writer’s voice is important, plus much more… INCLUDING A LOOK AT YOUR COMPETITION IN THE SPEC PILE. The ash cloud has meant a couple of cancellations… If you’re in London, why not sign up? CLICK HERE for all the details & booking. REMEMBER: ALL… Read More »Go on go on go on go on go on go on go on…

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The London Book Fair, Monday Apr 19th – Notes

I attended the London Book Fair this Monday just past… Here’s what I learned in three seminars there. Enjoy!——————————Assess Your Manuscript – Rebecca Swift, The Literary Consultancy Several Bang2writers have used this service for their own novels and spoken highly of it, so I was keen to hear what Rebecca had to say. I was a little disappointed to hear what I felt was essentially a extended sales pitch for the full half hour: I’d have liked to hear about Rebecca’s own experiences with the slush pile and HOW she might assess a person’s manuscript (as the title of the… Read More »The London Book Fair, Monday Apr 19th – Notes

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Guest Post: "Up Close" workshops by Helen Bang

Bang2writer and aptly-named Helen Bang has kindly provided us with the insights she learnt at a workshop this weekend just gone. Enjoy!——————————–Up Close was a day of free workshops organised by the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland held at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow. I attended the workshops on radio drama, further skills for playwrights and demystifying television. The radio workshop was led by BBC radio producers David Ian Neville. He began by outlining the stations which broadcast radio drama (Radio 3, 4, Radio 7 and Radio Scotland, and asked how many people in the audience listened to radio drama… Read More »Guest Post: "Up Close" workshops by Helen Bang

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Know You, Know Your Competition

Many scribes are upset when production companies announce they are developing a concept identical to a spec said scribe already has in their portfolio. The scribes in question mistakenly believe this sounds the death knell for their own project: after all, they can’t compete with a big prodco – or even a middle-sized one – so surely it’s back to the drawing board? No it isn’t. Newsflash: as writers – repped, commissioned or not – we are NEVER in direct competition with prodcos. They are always going to have the ideas before us – it’s their JOB. Whilst writing might… Read More »Know You, Know Your Competition

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STOP PRESS: "How To Be A Great Script Reader" class – in London, in April! BOOK NOW.

As regular readers of this blog know, I ran a one day class, “How To Be A Script Reader” in Bournemouth in September last year and it went very well. So well in fact, there is now a London class!!! Taking place at Ealing studios, the marvellous Chris Jones of Living Spirit is hosting us and I for one CAN’T WAIT. It’s a different set-up to last time; instead of looking at the “official report” and writing one ourselves, we will be focusing more on what constitutes *good* and *bad* feedback and what we, AS WRITERS, can do with it… Read More »STOP PRESS: "How To Be A Great Script Reader" class – in London, in April! BOOK NOW.

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Free Writers’ Course: Screen Lab 2010

The mighty Adrian Mead has been in touch to let Bang2writers know of his latest FREE course, Screen Lab 2010. As most of you know, I’ve been to most of Adrian’s courses and have found them to be incredibly useful, not only because Adrian is a powerhouse full of information, but because he’s really inspirational and gets everyone networking like crazy. So what are you waiting for? APPLY NOW. Screen Lab 2010 You are currently writing short stories, novels or plays. Ever wondered what it takes to write for Film and TV? After the success of last year’s course, Scottish… Read More »Free Writers’ Course: Screen Lab 2010

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Can’t Get Read, Won’t Get Read

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard in seminars or short courses or read on forums and message boards the following lament: But I can’t get read… Really? You’re a scriptwriter, you’ve got a script – and no one in the whole universe will read it? Come on. The problem with a lot of writers is they set the bar too high too early in their careers. They write their *brilliant script* which *this BIG production company* simply MUST read… Then go to their website and see “no unsolicited material” and get disappointed. Disappointment is swiftly followed by… Read More »Can’t Get Read, Won’t Get Read

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UK Copyright Myths Exploded

Copyright is something that comes round and round again – message boards, forums and postings here, there and everywhere seem to *always* say something *like*: I’m about to send my script off to a producer. How do I protect it? Seems to me copyright only appears important to writers not used to sending out their scripts; it can be a daunting prospect and part of the fear of that unknown is how *safe* our work is in the hands of these anonymous producers and agents. I’ve never once had a conversation with a seasoned writer that goes like this: ME:… Read More »UK Copyright Myths Exploded

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Guest Post: Mastering Hollywood Seminar, Notes by James

James went to Doug Chamberlin’s seminar, Mastering Hollywood last weekend and has very kindly written up some notes for all of us who couldn’t go (sob). Enjoy…———————————————-So I was lucky enough (read: my wallet hates me) to attend ‘Mastering Hollywood for Writers’ by Doug Chamberlin on 27th and 28th November. I thought I would share my thoughts with y’all. Whether you like it or not. Firstly, I should address something here, as I feel it’s something to consider: when one looks at Doug’s imdb page, perhaps the only credit you’ll recognise on there is a co-writing credit for Toy Story… Read More »Guest Post: Mastering Hollywood Seminar, Notes by James

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Guest Post: The TV Forum at The Script Factory by Hilary Wright

Two days at the Soho Theatre in Dean Street for The Script Factory’s take on TV drama. Mornings featured lectures by Rob Ritchie: four-act structure, handling multiple storylines, writing to immovable deadlines, dialogue vs. pictures, rules and conventions of British TV drama formats… and that was just the first morning. As ever with Script Factory courses, participants receive a helpful binder of notes covering the content in great detail. I’ve heard some Script Factory presenters simply read these notes out, which is dull, but Ritchie was far more adept, rounding out the printed content with explanation, anecdote and reminder, deftly… Read More »Guest Post: The TV Forum at The Script Factory by Hilary Wright

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Sarah Golding: Working With Script Editors, Initialize Films’ Insider’s Guide

I went to Initialize Films last night with my mate Jared (yes, the one who can’t find his way to the RIGHT pub) to meet Sarah Golding and hear about her work as a script editor. Sarah’s probably best known for being the script editor on The Constant Gardener, but has also worked as a script consultant, script editor or script executive on Patagonia (2009), Hotel (2009) , Mad, Sad & Bad (2009), The Edge of Love (2008) and in TV for Zenith Entertainment. Here are my notes – enjoy!——————————————–SARAH GOLDING ON IMDB THE REALITIES OF SCRIPT EDITING Script editing… Read More »Sarah Golding: Working With Script Editors, Initialize Films’ Insider’s Guide

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