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FREE WORKSHOPS

with industry professionals

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

Adaptation with Mike Harris


Thursday 16th September

Online Zoom workshop 7.30pm to 9pm

What a treat to have Mike Harris giving us his insights into adapting! As well as teasing out the basic principles, Mike will be offering tips on how to make big but necessary changes whilst staying true to the essence of the original novel or short story.


Mike has written more than 150 scripts for stage, radio and TV – from large-scale community plays to soaps, serials and single plays for the BBC, including lots of adaptations. He’s also a very experienced teacher: he’s run countless creative writing workshops; he set up and taught the MA in scriptwriting at Sheffield Hallam University; and he’s published academic essays on the theory and practice of creative writing.


Frankly, you’d be daft to miss this workshop, so get the date in your diary and stay tuned for the Zoom link being posted on SYchat a few days beforehand. And, as always, please don't share the link with anyone who isn't a member of Script Yorkshire.

Screenwriter and director Dave Gilbank

Adapting a novel for radio with Jane Rogers


Thursday 23rd September

Online Zoom workshop 7.30pm to 9pm

Jane Rogers is a frizzle. Translation: a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She's also Emerita Professor of Writing at Sheffield Hallam University. And she's won more than her fair share of awards too, dagnabit!


More importantly, though, she's written 10 novels and adapted many more for radio. Which makes her an absolute peach of a teacher to follow on from Mike's workshop, taking you on a deeper dive to really get to grips with rebirthing a book in script format. Step 1: Check out her website and you'll see. Step 2: Grab a spot on this workshop with both hands and don't let it go! Okay?


HOW TO ATTEND: We'll post the Zoom link in SYchat a few days beforehand. And remember, don't share the link, capiche?

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

22 May: Sitcom writing with Bennett Arron

15 July: The First Ten Pages with Tom Needham

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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