LIGHTS! CAMERA! SMOOCH!
How to Write the Romance-Drama Screenplay
As Jane Austin and the Brontës knew only too well, love stories sell – big time.
But as any Mills & Boon writer will tell you, writing a great love story isn’t as easy as you’d think.
The journey from ‘They meet’ to ‘They live happily ever after’ can be a rocky road littered with clichéd dialogue, pointless plots and one-dimensional characters.
However, if you get it right, there’s a vast market for great romance dramas, especially in ‘made-for-TV’ so if you want to sell a screenplay, there’s no better genre to try.
This is a 100% hands-on workshop. You’ll be brainstorming and writing in small groups all day as we tease out the characters and story beats to find out what works.
During these exercises we look at:
THE PUSH-AND-PULL OF DESIRE VS FEAR
Still single? Why?
Mom and Pop, the sidekick bestie, the comedy ‘ex’
What can it add to the plot?
If you’ve never written a romance drama screenplay before, come along and have some fun with other writers.
If you’re stuck in the middle of your screenplay, try some exercises which may help you progress.
ABOUT THE TUTOR
Fenella Greenfield has directed two narrative shorts and one feature, 2.0 Lucy released Spring 2022. She is one of the founder members of Euroscript and runs its annual Screen Story competition.
Fenella makes TV trailers for a living. After spending six months cutting romance-drama movie promos, she decided to write one herself. It was optioned immediately by Lighthouse Pictures in Canada.
More on her website here.
DATE: Monday 5th September 2022
TIME: 10.30am – 5pm
PRICE: £90; Partners and Concessions £80; BECTU members £70
VENUE ADDRESS: New Prospect House, 8 Leake Street, London SE1 7NN
NUMBER OF PLACES: 12 participants
EMAIL: For further information