Friday 8 May
10am – 5pm
£55 per person (£45 concessions)
An introduction to writing for stage and screen
A fun, accessible, interactive one day intensive workshop offering an insight into the
history, craft and guiding principles of writing stage and screenplays.
Who’s it for?
Anyone with a passion to learn about the art and craft of writing scripts. Absolute
beginners are welcome along with those who are already writing and looking for a
refresher to hone their skills. The only requirement for admission is an open mind, a
willingness to engage and a pencil/pen and writing pad.
Designed to offer insight and inspiration in a safe and supportive environment, the
workshop will include the screening and analysis of excerpts from feature length
movies and award-winning student films. We will read from both stage and screenplays and engage in some simple creative writing exercises. Given the theme of the day is the 75 th Anniversary of VE Day, the focus will be on character and conflict.
- Small Talk – The Fine Art of the Short Film
- Manifesting the Muse: Ritual, Research… Results!
- Character vs Characterization: Psychological, physiological, sociological
- Screen vs Stage: Show & Tell
- The Story Tree™: Organic narrative structure, a guide to building story
- Film Script Format: Rules, Tools & Reasons
- You Talking To Me?: Text, Subtext and Dialogue Demystified
About the Tutor
Simon David Eden (MA Dist) studied filmmaking at the Royal College of Art, on a scholarship from Goldcrest Films. He devised the UK’s first MA Film Production course at the RCA and his student productions won numerous awards – including a BAFTA, a Gold Hugo and the Fuji Film Award – and were screened at international film festivals in Cannes, Munich, Tel Aviv and Chicago. A published playwright and author, he is a member of the Writers Guild of America West and the Society of Authors. His career as a screenwriter includes commissions from Hollywood studios Warner Bros and Paramount Pictures, and he has written for UK broadcasters BBC, Thames and Granada TV. His original script All Fall Down (for Carlton TV’s medical drama series Bliss) won Best Feature Length Television Drama at the Quebec International Film Festival. He has written, designed and directed for theatre, and lectured on playwriting and screenwriting at The Royal College of Art, Bucks New University, the London Film Academy and Chichester Festival Theatre.