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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.


Bums on Seats! with Lisa Holdsworth

Saturday 23rd February at Northern Ballet, 11am - 4pm

Cleaning your under-sink cupboard again? Colour-coding your sock drawer? Incisive TV scriptwriter Lisa Holdsworth sees through your procrastinatory ruses, oh yes she does!

That's why she's bringing along her armoury of resistance-beating tips to help you sit down at your desk and stay there until your script is written.

Booking opens on Saturday 9th February at 8am.

Email to request a place.

TV writer Lisa Holdsworth

Redrafting with Amanda Whittington

Saturday 6th April at Northern Ballet, 11am - 4pm

Your masterpiece is complete! Well. Let's not get too carried away just yet - it's only the first draft. What should you be looking for when you open up your document again to read through what you've written?

Amanda Whittington, one of the most widely performed playwrights in the UK, will share how she approaches the redrafting process. Golden nuggets aplenty to be gleaned here!

Booking opens on Saturday 23rd March at 8am.

Email to request a place.

Acclaimed playwright Amanda Whittington

Scripts Under Scrutiny with Tom Needham

Saturday 1st June at Northern Ballet, 11am - 4pm

What exactly is it that makes an award-winning script? What makes a series a big hit with viewers? What are those writers doing? Do they know some kind of dialogue-writing magic trickery that you don't?

Tom Needham is one such writer, with over 100 broadcast commissions amounting to over 80 hours of television. He'll share his process from first notions to final broadcast, before guiding us as we dissect and analyse a few scenes from hit TV scripts.

Booking opens on Saturday 18th May at 8am.

Email to request a place.

TV & theatre writer Tom Needham


  • 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.

  • We take bookings on a first come, first served basis via email:

  • 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.


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.



26 January: Getting Started with Lisa Holdsworth and Alison Hume


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


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


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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