Masterclass: Screenwriting

Masterclass: Screenwriting

Develop a compelling thriller for the screen
  • Jed Mercurio
Date Friday December 1st 2023, 11:00-13:00 GMT
Location Online

An Arvon at Home Masterclass in partnership with Jed Mercurio

Multi-award winning screenwriter Jed Mercurio has created some of the most successful television drama series of the past three decades. In this masterclass Jed explores what it takes to create a compelling thriller for the screen. He’ll take you through ways to generate a fully-realised world for your thriller, tools to build tension, and how to create believable characters whilst weaving their psychological crises into a complex plot. He’ll also address when to hold back sharing information with an audience and when to hold back sharing information with your characters; and, crucially, how to create a sense of authenticity through your unique voice. Using examples from his own and others work, Jed will also provide an opportunity for you to ask questions in the intimate and accessible environment of the zoom webinar. You’ll leave feeling informed , inspired and ready to imbue your screenplay with all the ingenuity a good thriller requires, as Jed guides you in the art and craft of keeping an audience on the edge of their seats and coming back for more.

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: £35

Concessions: £17.50

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, a limited number of 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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