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Masterclass: Screenwriting

Masterclass: Screenwriting

Using your personal truth to create a compelling world
  • Neil Biswas
    Neil Biswas
Date Friday June 28th 2024, 11:00-13:00 GMT
Location Online

Making your pilot episode stand out from the crowd is one of the hardest challenges a screenwriter faces. The ‘world’ of drama or comedy is a key place to start and is part of any pitch you’ll make to a broadcaster. How do you, the screenwriter, create a world that quickly propels your pilot to a green light?

Join award-nominated screenwriter Neil Biswas and learn how to use what he calls your ‘greatest weapon’ as a screenwriter: your personal truth. In his career as a writer/director for TV and film, Neil Biswas has created original, authored dramas for the British screen, from the brutal docu-drama world of Bradford Riots to the heightened-super-reality of Stan Lee’s Lucky Man to the Indian mystical horror of Darkness Visible. Using writing exercises and examples, Neil will guide you in how to best use your own experiences, background and relationships in the creation of a distinctive, individual world for your screenplay. You will learn that at the heart of this process are techniques of filtration, self-exploration and exaggeration and that choosing what to leave out is as important as choosing what to include.

Often the key to originality is found by ‘shifting the lens’ when exploring your own history, and having the right toolkit to translate this into drama is essential. This Masterclass will benefit screenwriters at all stages, whether you’ve already had work on screen or you are pushing for that first credit.

The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom webinar, so you can take the session at your own pace, without the pressure of having your video or camera on. Sessions are also recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you will have access to the recording for a month afterwards.

Online: £40

Concessions: £20

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, half-price concessions are available for this course at checkout. There are a limited number of free subsidised places for those who cannot afford the concession price.

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"These zoom opportunities are really helping to open my world and keep me inspired to write."
— Masterclass participant
"Arvon at Home creates a model to participate in inspirational tutoring for writers, at a distance. The feeling of attending to my writing life in an excellent fashion, and still having a half-day for my work and caring responsibilities at home, felt like a good balance."
— Masterclass participant
"It was an absolutely brilliant session and very very useful. And it made me realise how much I’ve missed this kind of workshop because of having children and family that I can’t leave. Now we’re all in the same boat the online stuff is truly transformative."
— Masterclass participant



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