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FREE WORKSHOPS

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We run at least six workshops a year, often more, inviting a wide range of fantastic guest professionals along to engage and enlighten us in topics including…


• The nuts and bolts of scriptwriting

• Writing for specific genres

• Writing for different media

• Adapting others' stories for stage or screen

• Presenting your work and getting commissioned

• Working as a script editor or a staff writer


Workshops are usually held on Saturdays at a central location in Leeds from 11am to 4pm, and they’re absolutely free for members.

WORKSHOP DIARY 2021

Sitcom writing with Bennett Arron


Saturday 22nd May

Online Zoom workshop 1pm to 5pm

Join award-winning writer and comedian Bennett Arron for a fun four hours on the subject of sitcoms.


Bennett's had over 30 scripts produced on radio and television, and he's also written for BAFTAed comedy programmes like V Graham Norton and The Slammer.


We think that more than qualifies him as the cat in the hat that can help you hone your sitcom-scribing skills. Here's what's on his agenda for you:

  • How to start from a blank page
  • Characterisation
  • Plot development
  • Dialogue
  • Joke writing
  • Story arcs
  • Formatting
  • How to submit scripts to producers


HOW TO ATTEND


There's a maximum of 40 participants for this workshop, so booking in advance is required. As usual, the booking window will open two weeks prior to each workshop.


To attend, you'll need a Zoom account. Go to the Zoom website and follow the instructions to get started.


We'll email the invitation link for the Zoom session to writers who have secured a place.

Screenwriter and director Dave Gilbank

The first ten pages with Tom Needham


Thursday 15th July

Online Zoom workshop 8pm to 9pm

We all know how important the first ten pages are to hook in the reader, right? It could be the difference between a full read-through and the bin!


You really don’t want to make a pig’s ear of it, which is why we’re thrilled that BAFTA-nominated writer Tom Needham has agreed to run this workshop for us. A full-time, professional scriptwriter since 1992, he has more than 100 broadcast commissions under his belt for popular series like The Bill, Howards' Way, Casualty, Emmerdale, Dalziel & Pascoe and Silent Witness.


His original work includes children's series Retrace, Thin Ice and five episodes of Cold Blood starring John Hannah, Jemma Redgrave and Matthew Kelly. So, y’know, it’s pretty obvious he knows a thing or two about writing those crucial first ten pages!


HOW TO ATTEND


We'll publish the Zoom link on SYchat a few days before the workshop. Look out for it and please don't share it with anyone. Our workshops are for members only.

Screenwriter and director Dave Gilbank

Writing a theatre play with Tom Wells


POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

11am to 4pm @ Leeds Playhouse

The National Theatre. The Royal Court. Birmingham Rep. The West Yorkshire Playhouse. Hull Truck. Paines Plough. Any aspiring playwright would give their non-dominant arm to work with those names, right?


So when award-winning writer Tom Wells, who has worked with all of them and more, says he'll be giving you a series of writing exercises to help you build a plan for a full-length play, you really don't want to sleep on it. Set your alarm.


Booking window opens two weeks prior to the workshop.

Screenwriter and director Dave Gilbank

How to put on your own play with Dick Bonham


POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

11am to 4pm @ Leeds Playhouse

What is it they say? If you want a job done right, do it yourself? Writer, director and theatre producer Dick Bonham will give you all the advice and insight you need to bring your script to fruition on stage without waiting for someone else to say yes!


Dick is the producer at LittleMighty, a company that works with remarkable artists creating brilliant theatre. He's also one of the Trouble at Mill trio of producers who make all the magic happen at The Constitutional in Farsley.


Booking window opens two weeks prior to the workshop.

Screenwriter and director Dave Gilbank

HOW TO BOOK

  • Numbers are limited to 18 writers per workshop.


  • To apply, you must be a current paid-up member of Script Yorkshire.


  • The booking window opens at 8am on the Saturday two weeks before the workshop date.



  • Our workshop co-ordinator sends out a group confirmation email to writers early the following week.


  • If the workshop is full, we'll add you to the waiting list and let you know if someone drops out.


  • If you're allocated a place and discover you can no longer attend, please let us know ASAP so another writer has the chance to come along.



WORKSHOP ETHOS

It’s very important that our workshops are events at which people feel safe and included and can share their work without prejudice, regardless of their age, race or gender.


We ask that our members always show respect to each other in a mutually constructive and supportive way.

Not a member yet? Ready to join us? Sign up now.

PAST WORKSHOPS

2021

11 & 18 January: How to Catch Ideas with James Moran

15 & 22 February: Shoot Your Script with a Smartphone with Wayne Sables

22 April: Unlock Your Creativity with Emma Adams

2020

8 February: Has it Got Legs? with Ola Animashawun

29 February: Writing for Video Games with Steve Ince

14 July: Writing for Radio Part 1 with Oliver Emanuel

18 August: Writing for Radio Part 2 with Oliver Emanuel

8 September: Writing for Radio Part 3 with Oliver Emanuel

7 November: How to Start a Podcast with Pods Up North

2019

26 January: Getting Started with Lisa Holdsworth and Alison Hume

23 February: Bums on Seats with Lisa Holdsworth

6 April: Redrafting with Amanda Whittington

1 June: Scripts Under Scrutiny with Tom Needham

21 September: The Script Process with Tom Needham

12 October: Corporate Storytelling with Jon Salthouse

2 November: Q&A - Alison Hume, Gaby Chiappe, Amy Leach, Sharon Oakes, Jon Salthouse & Dick Bonham

2018

27 January: Creative Kickstart with Ola Animashawun

10 February: Horror Writing Workshop with James Moran

17 February: Scriptwriting Essentials 1 with Lisa Holdsworth and Alison Hume

17 March: Scriptwriting Essentials 2 with Lisa Holdsworth and Alison Hume

28 April: Thriller Writing with David Allinson

26 May: Plays That Kick Ass with Ola Animashawun

16 June: How to Write for Radio Drama Q&A – Chris Reason, Gary Brown, Kamal Kaan, Everal Walsh

15 September: Using Historical Research in Story-driven Drama with Ciaran Bermingham

3 November: Writing Radio-ready Drama with Stefan Escreet

2017

18 March: Writing for Film with Jimmy Richards

27 May: Script Editing Workshop with Alison Hume

8 July: Adaptation Workshop with Martin Jameson

23 September: Writing for TV with Ian Kershaw and Debbie Oates

11 November: Writing Comedy Workshop with Toby Hadoke

2016

16 January: Creative Workout with Emma Adams

13 February: Producing New Writing with John Tomlinson

7 May: Writing for Radio Drama with Chris Reason

16 July: How to Get Ideas from Absolutely Anywhere with Dan Bye

10 September: Ways to Use Autobiographical Material in Creating Drama with Matt Miller

5 November: Creating Drama from Original Sources with Vanessa Rosenthal

26 November: AGM/Writing and Producing TV Q&A/Christmas social

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