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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.


The Script Process with Tom Needham

Saturday 21st September at Northern Film School, 11am - 4pm

Award-winning writer Tom ran a peach of a workshop for us just before the summer break, so we're thrilled he's agreed to come back and shower us with more scriptwriting wisdom, gleaned over many decades in the business of writing for TV.

This time, he'll be taking us through the whole process, from the initial idea to the scene-by-scene treatment to the final script. The session will cover software, layout, structure, dialogue, action, how to describe character and the best forms of procrastination!

Booking opens on Saturday 7th September at 8am.

Email to request a place.

Screenwriter and director Dave Gilbank

Corporate Storytelling with Jon Salthouse

Saturday 12th October at Northern Film School, 11am - 4pm

Ever thought about using your scriptwriting skills in the world of commerce? From corporate video scripts to speechwriting for CEOs, there are plenty of opportunities for earning money from your ability to string a super-succinct sentence together.

Jon's workshop will give you invaluable insight into the world of storytelling for brands big and small - from creating training content for staff to writing marketing copy and much more. A workshop not to be missed if you're looking for ways to expand your writing horizons!

Booking opens on Saturday 28th September at 8am.

Email to request a place.

Screenwriter and director Dave Gilbank

How the Industry Works Q&A with a panel of industry insiders

Saturday 2nd November at Northern Film School, 1pm - 3.30pm

Come along to our AGM, give us your feedback and then take part in our scriptwriting industry Q&A. We've got panellists from multiple disciplines, all of them ready, willing and able to answer your burning questions!

The panel so far: BBC Radio Drama producer Gary Brown; Leeds Playhouse's associate director Amy Leach; independent producer Dick Bonham; brand storyteller Jon Salthouse; TV writer Alison Hume and screenwriter Gaby Chiappe.

No need to book, but you must be a Script Yorkshire member to attend.

Why not make it a whole day of Script Yorkshire goodness? Our Page to Stage event is on in the evening from 7.30pm at Seven Arts!

Screenwriter and director Dave Gilbank


  • 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

23 February: Bums on Seats with Lisa Holdsworth

6 April: Redrafting with Amanda Whittington

1 June: Scripts Under Scrutiny with Tom Needham


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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