This summer in Cheltenham (Tuesday 27 June - Friday 30 June) there’s going to be a Screenwriters’ Festival specifically targeted for the UK market. The first of its kind in this country.
“The Screenwriters’ Festival is dedicated to the art, craft and business of writing for the screen. Bringing together professional industry delegates, high profile guests and new talent from around the world, the Festival provides a unique forum to debate and discuss writing dramatic scripts for film, television and new media.”
Julian Fellowes and Jimmy McGovern explain why it’s about time. This should be great, or at the very least, it could be just what the UK industry needs to start treating screenwriters with the respect and consideration that they deserve. See you there.
In other news, Golconda has extended the deadline for their horror comp they’re running in conjunction with the Script Factory. The new date is March 17th 2006 (begorrah, to be sure) and the winners announced late April 2006.
Changing tack now for our Scottish readers (if there are any) -
Do You Want to Write a Television Drama? - 4th February 2006
”This one day seminar continually receives fantastic responses from attendees.
Adrian Mead, former bouncer/hairdresser and now award winning writer and director of film and TV drama imparts his insider knowledge to aspiring and new writers with an interest in writing and developing television drama.
The class covers -
Understanding the mysterious world of Script Editors, Development Execs, Commissioning Editors and Agents. How to get that vital first break, make a living and sell your work.
Learning how to accept and usefully employ criticism, handle rewrites and, crucially, protect your own voice.
TUTOR: Adrian Mead
DATE: 10.00 - 5.00pm Saturday 4th Feb 2006
VENUE: ST Columba’s by the Castle. Johnston Terrace. Edinburgh
COURSE FEE: £40 incl VAT and refreshments. Payable in advance.
This class always sells out quickly so book early to avoid disappointment.
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0131 554 4539.”
And you wait forever to see something of mine on the telly, then two opportunities come along at once...
I've got a couple of episodes of Doctors on next week. The first - entitled ‘Love Me and Lose Me’ - is on Monday 6th, 2.05pm (right after Neighbours, but you knew that) and it's about a woman who has to choose between two lovers. The other one is on Wednesday 8th, same time - called ‘Changes’ - about an old man who must face up to the realities of his life.
Have a great weekend.