National Association of Writers in Education
Thursday 15 Oct 2015
Are you passionate about wanting to pursue a career in television writing? Looking for practical information and advice from industry
Join commissioners, producers, agents and development executives for a packed, industry-focused day of talks, panel sessions and workshops exploring the rewards and challenges of writing drama and comedy for UK television today. Be inspired by hearing from screenwriters about their own journeys. Come together with like-minded writers from a range of backgrounds and start to make those all-important connections.
There will be an opportunity to quiz industry practitioners in the panel sessions as we look at the changing landscape of television drama and comedy as new channels and online platforms come on stream. What are commissioners and producers looking for? Where are the entry points and the opportunities for the new writer? How do you build up your professional writing credits and get noticed? What’s the best way to approach producers and get an agent? Pitch your calling card script? And keep honing your craft? What’s involved in writing for a long-running drama like River City and how can you make the jump to landing your first original commission? Why is it important to network? These are just some of the questions being asked.
You will also be able to take part in a choice of workshops covering: breaking into writing for television, writing books vs. writing telly, the calling card script, writing for a long-running drama series, writing for children’s television, and comedy writing.
CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD
£30 (includes lunch, refreshments through the day and drinks reception)
Our line-up includes:
Commissioners and development executives: Claire Bell, Script Editor for Drama, BBC Scotland; Sarah Brown, Head of Drama, STV Productions; Robbie Allen, Senior Screen Executive, Creative Scotland
Producers: Eileen Gallagher, Shed Media Group; Stuart Hepburn, Story Producer, BBC Scotland Drama/screenwriter; Michael Hines, director and producer
Literary Agent: Peter MacFarlane, founder of MacFarlaneChard Literary & Talent Agents
Screenwriters: Sergio Casci, Tony Cooke, Chris Lindsay, Fergus Mitchell, Kirstie Swain
Screenwriting programmes: represented by screenwriters Ann Marie di Mambro and Chris Dolan (MA Television Fiction Writing, Glasgow Caledonian University); screenwriter James Mavor (MA Screenwriting, Screen Academy Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University; and Dr John Quinn (BA Filmmaking and Screen-writing, University of the West of Scotland)
ScreenWrite is a fantastic opportunity to get the inside track on the realities of working in this exciting and competitive industry and give yourself the best chance of succeeding.
Tickets: £30 (includes lunch, refreshments through the day and drinks reception)
A number of places are available at £20 for Scottish university screenwriting students on a first come, first served basis.
Booking deadline: Wednesday 7 October 2015
ScreenWrite is presented by NAWE with support from Glasgow Caledonian University; Screen Academy Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University; CCA and Scottish Book Trust. It is part of Turning A New Page, a professional development programme of events in 2015 for Scottish writers, which has investment from Creative Scotland.