The rewarding art of screenwriting
Writing screenplays for cinema and TV is probably the hardest kind of writing there is, but very rewarding when it goes right. This site has many practical ways to help you, whatever level you’re at.
Latest post: The biggest synopsis mistake that writers make
For this tip I want to warn you about what is probably the biggest synopsis mistake of all. It’s one that most screenwriters are not even aware of, and solving it is crucial – though not necessarily easy. However, it certainly can be solved, with focus and commitment. And your treatments and synopses will look 100% more professional.”
On this site
I’m an award-winning writer director and experienced script consultant – and on this site I’ve put a host of articles, tricks of the trade, books and other resources to help you with all aspects of writing, wherever you are now.
And I’m regularly adding more.
Upcoming events of 2015
Friday – Saturday February 21-22 – at the BFI’s Future Film Festival, working with young writers and film-makers – and a bonus on Saturday morning, kicking off Micro-Budget Mentor’s day on selling and distribution with a session on pitching. Start of a busy week.
Monday February 23 – Euroscript script development workshop.
I’m delighted to have been asked to run a one-hour masterclass on 10 Pitching Tips for BVE Production Show at 10.30 am on Thursday February 26.
Saturday February 28 – 10.30 am -5.30 pm – it’s time for this year’s first Exciting Treatments workshop for Euroscript Book now before February 15 to catch the Early Bird Price
Saturday-Sunday March 28-29 – 10.30 am -5.30 pm – London: The Mental Game for Writing Success
You’ll find masses of useful resources on writing and related issues here. Check out the blog - free screenplay format guides and templates to download with information on screenwriting software – and an FAQ on how to use the Internet for Research.
There are now thousands of books on screenwriting for beginner writers and advanced, but some are more useful than others. I’ve lists of the books I’ve found useful, a shorter list of my all-time favourites, and of course my own books – Police Slang, short stories in anthologies, and A Complete Screenwriting Course – out in October and already recommended reading on an increasing number of MA courses. New review here…
Practical help for screenwriters
If you want to catch me in person, I can be found running events and courses, through Euroscript and festivals here and abroad. Some are free and some are charged for. I am available, when time permits, to give feedback by email or in personal meetings.
You can also ask me questions, especially if you have topics you’d like me to answer in the blog.
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