WHAT HAPPENS IN THE WRITERS' ROOM,
STAYS IN THE WRITERS' ROOM . . .
. . . SO HOW DOES AN ASPIRING WRITER GET THE INSIDE-TRACK ON HOW IT ALL WORKS?
Most successful TV and film screenwriters have cut their teeth working on soaps and long-running TV series – it’s an established way into the business and a great way to build your reputation and contacts.
But what's it like to work on a team-written show - and what really goes on in the Writers' Room?
This four-day, hands-on course in July will reveal behind-the-scenes secrets of how TV drama series operate, enabling you to move forward with confidence when you secure a writing gig on an existing show and, at the same time, equipping you with the skills to develop your own TV drama series projects.
You will be introduced to the professional processes common in the industry, with plenty of practical experience along the way - paying particular attention to the technical issues you would face in the real world including those of continuity, logistics, cast and budget.
During the course we will create and develop a team-written show together - with everyone contributing to character creation and storylines along the way.
WHO IS THE COURSE AIMED AT?
Any professional or aspiring writer who wants to understand how TV drama series are created and run, and to gain practical experience from a professional writer/showrunner in an intimate setting.
As well as learning a lot you will meet like-minded individuals. Often friendships are formed and collaborations ensue!
The maximum number of students is 8, so please book early.
Some light preparation work may be required in-between sessions.
Please bring paper, pens, a laptop and your imagination.
Friday 5 to Monday 8 July
Registration (Day 1): from 10.00 am
Course: from 10.30 am - 5.00 pm
UNDERGROUND STATION: CHESHAM - at the end of the Metropolitan line, one hour from central London, approx. 15 mins from M1 and M25 motorways
The venue is a 7 minute walk from the station and set in the Chiltern hills, on the edge of an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs nearby. We usually have at least one pub lunch all together
NB There will be free parking on the Saturday and Sunday, with limited parking availability on the Friday and Monday. If you need local accommodation, please enquire.
£390 (concessions £350*)
Max 8 people
Email or phone 07989 382549
*We offer the concessionary rate to all usual Concessions as well as to members of these affiliated organisations. If you are a member of one of these organisations, please book at the concessionary rate and show your membership card to the course tutor at registration.
Anji Loman Field has been writing drama for television, radio and film for over two decades. A former contract writer for EastEnders, she has also written for BBC’s Holby City and Doctors, for whom she occasionally still writes.
She penned 40 episodes of Taste of Life for BBC Media Action in Cambodia and was the creator and show-runner of BBC MA's House of Many Windows, set in Vietnam. She is currently in development with two drama series for television and a feature film.
Anji has taught at the London Institute (LCP), West Herts College, the RCA, the Central Film School and for BBC Media Action in South East Asia and North Africa. Her former students include Mike Bullen, creator of Cold Feet and writer/producer/director Sean McConville (Deadline; The Quiet Hour).