Online Writing Day: A Surprising Screenplay in a Day

Online Writing Day: A Surprising Screenplay in a Day

Contrast and contradiction
  • Alice Lowe
    Alice Lowe
Date Friday February 16th 2024, 10:00 - 16:30 GMT
Location Online

Getting a film made or noticed can be about a fresh take on cinema: a story that hasn’t yet seemingly been told, or a twist on a story as old as time. But how to hit upon an idea and characters? During this one-day course, writer, director and actor Alice Lowe will guide you through the process of taking your idea for a film and developing it towards the loose structure of a screenplay. You’ll think about the audience and how best to create a story that will surprise and stimulate by seemingly subverting the usual tropes, all the while using useful structural tips and support from recognised traditional script formats. You will discuss the ideas and meanings behind classic films, with an emphasis on genre, and you’ll examine the deep primal possible themes behind your film idea in order to discover what its strongest selling point is, and how its message will in every way inform character, scenes, and dialogue.

Alice will give advice on:

1. How to come up with an idea. Or how to story-fy your own life.

2. Character and story, and how the two interact. How to make sure your characters are ‘real’ and distinct.

3. Dialogue.

4. How to utilise genre to sell your story.

5. How to develop your own tone and unique style of storytelling.

6. Scene by scene. How to use location to bring your scenes and themes to life.

7. The three-act or five-act structure! Beginning, middle and end.

8. Meaning or message. What’s your film ABOUT?

9. Editing and taking notes. How to improve your work.

This course will be suitable for those interested in film or screenwriting, or with developed or undeveloped screenplays. Participants are welcome and encouraged to bring along a short paragraph about an idea or their screenplay.

Is this course for me?

Our one-day courses are aimed at anyone who is currently, or would like to begin, writing. They are often attended by:

All sessions of the day are delivered live via Zoom meetings, with the option of cameras off or on. We strongly encourage you to participate in the live sessions, but if you find yourself unable to attend on the day it will be possible to watch the recordings of each session at any time over the course of the following month.

We have limited concession places available for this course (which are bookable through the usual booking process), as well as some fully funded places for those who cannot afford the concession rate. For more information please email

Online: £90

Concessions: £63

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, a limited number of 30% concessions are available for this course at checkout, as well as two fully funded places for those who cannot afford the concession rate. To request a fully funded place please email

We are committed to making our Arvon at Home programme accessible to as many people as possible.

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Online Writing Day

How I Write

Online Writing Weeks / Weekends

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On the Day

10-11.30 Morning workshop part one 

11.30-11.45 Tea break 

11.45-12.45  Morning workshop part two 

12.45-13.45 Lunch 

13.45-15.15 Afternoon workshop   

15.15-15.30 Tea break 

15.30-16.00 Final Q&A/next steps 



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