INTRODUCTION TO SCREENWRITING COURSES
ONE DAY INTENSIVE INTRODUCTION COURSE
Our Intensive One Day Introduction to Scriptwriting for Screen is designed for new writers wanting to get started with writing for the big or small screen.
Have you ever thought while watching a film ” I could do that”? Do you have lots of stories swirling round in your head, or have you started writing but just never seem to finish? Well, this course will get you writing and will show you how to get those stories out of your head and onto the page.
The day is jam-packed and covers
•How to structure your script
•Developing strong characters
•Dialogue that comes off the page
•Formatting your script
•Writing exercises and developing your own ideas.
By the end of the day, you will be ready to start writing your own scripts and use the tools and techniques presented.
This course is intensive and is great for those of you who need a refresher or want to quickly get stuck into writing.
SIX WEEK INTRODUCTION COURSE
Our Introduction to Scriptwriting For Screen programme is open to anyone regardless of experience.
Scriptwriting North have been running successful scriptwriting for screen courses for over 10 years.
Previous participants said that the course; ‘... has given me confidence in my writing’, 'is inspiring and helped me to build a portfolio of work', and that they ‘... enjoyed meeting new people and sharing ideas’.
By the end of the course you will have written your own 10-15 minute short film. The sessions will provide information and tools to help you structure and develop sound scripts and you’ll get feedback on your own writing.
The course covers scriptwriting for screen principles, structure, formatting, dialogue, character.
The webinars are a great opportunity to generate ideas while working step by step through the process of writing your own script.
Places on each course are limited, and booked on a first come, first served basis. Please note our courses do tend to book up early so book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.
“I enrolled on the course having not written a single script before and devoid of any scriptwriting knowledge, and I cannot believe what a top notch choice this has been. Getting familiar with the form and structure notwithstanding, the course was a great way to have my script assessed and read by other like-minded people – the reading out loud bit is both exhilarating and a bit scary but the feedback just gets the mind wired and going. It was amazing to see how the writing developed and stories unravelled. And on the top of that, it’s a great writing motivator if you ever find yourself struggling with getting the work done.”
WEBINAR INTRODUCTION COURSE
Scriptwriting North now offers online classroom courses and groups so you can attend in your pyjamas’s anywhere in the country – even the world!
Our 6 week introduction course is a weekly evening course, where you login and join your tutor and fellow fledgling writers online.
This 6 week course is designed to both give you the theory and tools necessary to begin writing but also the opportunity to put this into practice.
By the end of the 6 weeks you will have pitched, planned and written your own short film. The 6 weeks are intensive and enjoyable.
Who is it for? - Anyone interested in writing. The sessions will help you in all mediums of writing. Writing for screen is like learning a new instrument. Regardless of what forms you’ve written in before (or not) these sessions will help you think about your ideas in more detail and give you ways to get them on paper. You do not need to have written before to benefit from these sessions. They are designed for new writers.
What will it cover - You will be introduced to thinking about structure, character, dialogue and formatting. You will be assisted to write your own short film (you do not need to have anything prepared in advance).
Week 1: Introduction to structure and character.
Week 2: Ideas -Getting started
Week 3: Planning
Week 4: Beginnings
Week 5: Middle’s
Week 6: The End
Delivery - The sessions (webinars) are delivered through Cisco Webex. In advance of the course commencing you will be given a unique login to the group. The sessions are live and participants are very much active parts of the sessions, providing and receiving feedback.
The sessions will be recorded so you can review your feedback. You need to have internet access and a webcam. These sessions are NOT prerecorded they are live classroom sessions.
6 Week Script Development Group - After completion of our introduction course you are eligible to join our more experienced writers groups. The 6 week development groups are an opportunity to develop your writing further in a forum environment. You can work at your own pace and will be steered by the facilitator as to what to do next with the development of your script. Current participants are writing short films, TV series and films. It’s a great chance to share ideas, keep motivated and build a portfolio of work.
Beth’s 6 week introduction course was exactly what I needed. In the past when I had an idea for a short film in my head I couldn’t think of how to get started, take it from idea to finished script. But by the end of the class, after just 6 weeks, I had my first draft done.
The group was small enough that I felt I knew everyone by the end, and the online platform really didn’t feel like a hinderance at all, in fact I really grew to like it – we could all see and hear each other, and being online meant that I could do it from wherever was most convenient, sometimes at my office or from home, wherever I was at the time.
The tuition was always clear and Beth was always willing to answer questions. however simple or basic they might have seemed. The course is really from the ground up, all the nuts and bolts you need to write a screenplay. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to learn scriptwriting skills and fancies doing it in a supportive, encouraging, and fun environment”
Radio is a unique and exciting opportunity for writers. It’s a medium where you the writer can be as creative as you like.
If you want to develop your writing in this field then join us for our introduction sessions or development groups.
An introduction to Writing for Radio - This session will walk you through the techniques available to you as a radio writer.
- How to convey compelling characters
- Developing dramatic dialogue
- The use of sound
The workshop will include a mixture of writing exercises to put the theory into practice.
Here is what recent participants have said about the radio sessions.
“Very informative and inspiring – spot on for a beginner or refresher!”
“The exercises were really helpful to put what we learnt into practice - learning about the technique sounds easy but to actually write it you realise how hard it is. ”
“Excellent overview of the medium. Left me with a good understanding of what’s entailed.”
Radio Script Development Group
If you’ve been attempting writing for radio for a while or have attended one of our introduction courses then now is the time to get feedback on your work.
These are small groups where you can bring up to 10 pages of script, bounce ideas around and get moving forward with your writing.
The first session is about nailing your story, week 2 we’ll start the plotting and weeks 3-6 are script development.
These groups are rolling. Booking is essential.