20 June, 2009

TENacity workshops (Midlands)

Forging a career as a writer requires drive, determination and a certain degree of staying power. TENacity is a targeted workshop programme designed to support writers along that path, to challenge pre-conceptions of the industry and to identify talented writers in the West Midlands who would benefit from further development.

Delivered in collaboration with ten venues across the region, TENacity will draw on the experience of professional playwrights, screenwriters, producers and theatre practitioners, to offer a unique focus on the creative process. Where possible tying into local productions of new work, Script will give writers the chance to learn new skills and ways of working in a practical, dynamic environment.

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Wolverhampton


GENRE BUSTING


Writing Genre Material that is fresh, ground-breaking and original

Saturday 27th June 2009, 10am-5pm


Led by TV/Film Producer Claire Ingham and screenwriter and TV co-producer Phil Ford

How can writers write TV/Film genre pieces and still keep their work feeling fresh and new?

What strategies can be employed to satisfy the conventions of genre and the genre audience – without becoming formulaic? This day-long workshop will discuss and look at TV and film genre examples that moved our ideas of the genre on, dealing particularly (but not exclusively) with thriller and science fiction pieces. By the end of the day, writers should have some new ideas about how to challenge themselves when writing genre material.

Cost: £50 (£45 concession)

To Book: Visit the Screen page

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Newcastle-under-Lyme


INDEPENDENCE DAY: WRITING FOR BRITISH FILM

Saturday 4th July, 10am-5pm


Led by TV/Film Producer Claire Ingham, with Dan Lawson (Screen WM)

What kinds of feature films are currently being greenlit in the UK? Who's funding them, and how do you get your foot on the ladder as a new writer? An overview of the films that have been made in the last few years: trends, funders, writing schemes; and how to gain access to development funding, commissioners and producers.

Cost: £50 (£45 concessions)

To book: Visit the Screen page

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Shrewsbury


3D TO 3G STORYTELLING: NEW NARRATIVE STRUCTURES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS AND DRAMA PRACTITIONERS

Saturday 11th July, 10am-5pm


Gateway Arts Centre, Shrewsbury

Led by TV/Film producer Claire Ingham and novelist, screen and games writer Graham Joyce

From the traditionall structured TV and film stories that attempt to appeal to wide audiences (the audiences ITV controller Peter Fincham called '3G' - 3 generations watching together), to the 3D structures of games and online drama that cater for specialised or niche audiences, this day-long course looks at new ways of telling dramatic stories across screens of all sizes.

Cost: £50 (£45 concessions)

To book: Visit the Screen page

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Birmingham


CHARACTER INCUBATION: FINDING YOUR VOICE

Saturday 18th July, 10am-5pm


Led by Malika Booker

Where do characters come from? How do you create, develop and nurture a 3-dimensional, believable individual and give them a voice that will transcend the page? Storyteller Malika Booker will take you through the process of exploring and building characters in script and performance using practical exercises and examples from existing dramatic monologues.

Venue: The Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Cost: £50 (£45 concessions)

To book: Visit the Stage page

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Bromsgrove


VISUAL IMPACT: WRITING FOR THE SCREEN

Saturday 25th July, 10am-5pm


Led by TV/Film Producer Claire Ingham and award-winning novelist and screenwriter, Helen Cross

Writing for the screen demands many of the skills a writer uses in creating short stories, novels, radio and theatre plays - but it also requires new ways of visualising and thinking about plots and characters. How difficult is it to make the transition from prose storytelling to writing for the screen, and what are the tricks of the trade?

Using a mixture of film clips, writing exercises and practical advice, this course will encourage writers to think visually about stories, characters, delivering information and developing a visual style. It will also include a session with award-winning novelist and screenwriter Helen Cross, whose book My Summer of Love became a BAFTA award-winning feature film. Her first original screenplay, Stratford Road, is currently in development with Red Room Films and the UK Film Council.

Cost: £50 (£45 concessions)

To book: Visit the Screen page

1 comment:

The Brothers McLeod said...

Myles writes: I went to one of these events on Saturday - was pretty good I thought. Claire Ingham and Phil Ford were good speakers. More on my blog here: http://www.brothersmcleod.co.uk/posts/view/199