Sunday, 29 November 2009

Scriptwriting Workshop with Stephen Loveless

Yesterday, I was entertained and educated by Stephen Loveless, at Grace Dieu Writers Circle. He had come along from Northamptonshire to do a Scriptwriting Workshop, focusing on TV and films.
Upon arrival, we were greeted and settled into our seats with tea and biscuits, where we had time to network and get to know each other a little better. After a brief introduction from Stephen it was straight down to business, as he quickly split us up into groups and told us that by the end of the day we would have a script.

It was then time to get down to the job in hand, helped and mentored by Stephen until lunch time, when we took a welcome break to enjoy a light buffet lunch and network some more before our task master set us back to work again. What at first had seemed daunting, was now taking shape as the groups worked out their storylines and character profiles. Everything was explained, and backed up by excellent hand outs.

After our afternoon tea, we entered into a lively discussion, as each team pitched their script to the other. Almost out of time, all that was left to do was thank Stephen for a wonderfully entertaining day, and bid my new found writer friends goodbye as they took to the roads to return home. Some having travelled from Shropshire and Derbyshire.

I cannot speak for the others, but initially I felt overwhelmed being told I was going to write a Comedy Thriller with seven strangers in only a few hours. However, by the end of the afternoon I came away feeling I had achieved a lot, and learnt much about the business of scriptwriting.

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