Online Writing Week: Screenwriting
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Online Writing Week: Screenwriting

360 degrees of film development
Tutors
  • Black and white portrait photo of Sam Haillay
    Samm Haillay
  • Black and white close-up portrait of Sophie Mathisen.
    Sophie Mathisen
Date Monday October 17th - Friday October 21st 2022, 14:00 BST
Location Online

In the past: good stories travelled by word of mouth. In a content dense present: good stories need strategy and innovation to reach their audience.

Aimed at both emerging and experienced writers, this course focuses on the changing nature of the screen industry and how this is impacting the trajectory from script to screen. With tutors Samm Haillay and Sophie Mathisen, you’ll learn about the business of development from the screenwriter’s perspective and how your story fits into the ever-evolving industrial model. You’ll gain greater understanding of the issues facing the entire value chain – from producers, to sales agents and distributors – and how these pressures are reinforcing the need for story distinctiveness and active engagement with existing and emerging audiences.

Individual and group sessions will cover the show and the business of the screen sector, transcending the mechanics of ‘how to’ handbooks and allowing participants a depth of knowledge derived from almost forty years of professional screen practice in writing, producing, programming, distribution and exhibition. You’ll delve deep into the why and (crucially) the how of your developing screenplay, uncovering what could help fund, produce and ultimately see your fil

Online: £400

Concessions: £200

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.

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Nothing short of transformative! I can't believe how much we packed into just a few days and how much impact it has had. I'm writing in new styles, new forms, new images, new rhythms!
— Writing Week Participant
I had the chance to speak with two well respected tutors about my work. Being able to do this in one-to-one tutorials was excellent and not reduced in any way by being on Zoom. A good chance for some very good advice. I am now determined to set to work on my writing.
— Writing Week Participant
Arvon courses are always so inclusive, supportive, fun, and instructive. There is something really magical and intimate about what happens during the week.
— Writing Week Participant

Monday

14.00—16.00: Everyone gathers online in Arvon’s Zoom Writing House. Your Arvon host will welcome you and the tutors, giving you an overview of the week, technology support, and some ideas for making your writing ‘cocoon’. You’ll get to meet everyone, ask questions, and settle in. Your tutors will ask you to start thinking about your writing, perhaps setting an exercise. There’s likely to be some homework for tomorrow morning

Tuesday

10.00-12.45: Everyone meets online for the morning workshop, which includes writing exercises, discussion and comfort breaks.

14.30 – 16.30: One-to-one tutorials lasting about 20 minutes each. You have one tutorial with each tutor during the week, the rest of the afternoon is your time to think and write.

17.30-18.00: The Arvon pub- Informal evening get-together (optional). This is a chance to discuss the day’s work, any writing issues, what you’re drinking/eating, and anything else that springs to mind. Pets, children and partners welcome.

18.00—19.00: Tutor readings: both tutors read and speak about their work, followed by a Q&A hosted by your Arvon host.

Wednesday

10.00-12.45: Everyone meets online for the morning workshop, which includes writing exercises, discussion and comfort breaks.

14.30 – 16.30: One-to-one tutorials lasting about 20 minutes each. You have one tutorial with each tutor during the week, the rest of the afternoon is your time to think and write.

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19.15-20.15: The Arvon Wednesday Live Guest Reading—you get a free ticket to this.

Thursday

10.00-12.45: Everyone meets online for the morning workshop, which includes writing exercises, discussion and comfort breaks.

14.30 – 16.30: One-to-one tutorials lasting about 20 minutes each. You have one tutorial with each tutor during the week, the rest of the afternoon is your time to think and write.

18.00—19.00: An evening session, the theme of which will be decided nearer the time by your tutors

Friday

10.00-12.45: Morning workshop

16.00-17.30: A celebratory reading where you have the chance to share some of your new writing. Expect laughter, tears and a huge sense of pride for all you have learned, written and achieved this week. There’ll be plenty of virtual hugs.

And then...

Next steps: The week doesn’t stop here. You now have a writing community. Stay in touch. Share your work with each other, and take it forward!

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