Frequently asked questions
Are you good enough, you ask? Of course! We welcome writers at every stage of their scriptwriting journey - from those taking their very first steps to seasoned professionals whose work you've seen on stage and screen.
So now we've put your mind at rest, let's cut to the practical stuff...
How much is membership?
It’s £40 per year if you’re working, or £20 per year if you’re unwaged.
Can I join part way through a year?
Of course! You can join any time; your membership will last for 12 months from the date you join.
What would I get for my membership fee?
Access to all our free online and in-person workshops throughout the year with professional writers on a variety of scriptwriting topics (we usually hold around 6 per year, sometimes more). Access to SYchat, our group email where members share their news, ask for advice, find out what’s happening, and more. Our monthly Newscript e-newsletter, delivered directly to your inbox. Opportunities to submit your work for our Page to Stage events and other scriptwriting competitions. If your piece is selected for Page to Stage, you’ll see it up on its feet in a theatre space in front of a live audience and get feedback from a panel of professionals. The ability to network with other writers, to buddy each other and keep in the loop with all things scriptwriting in our county and beyond.
Are there any discounts that come with membership, like theatre tickets etc?
No. Our writing community is spread across the whole of Yorkshire, so that would be a lot of discounts for our volunteer management team to negotiate and manage! But we believe our members get a lot for their money; our membership fees haven't increased in over 10 years.
What is SYchat?
It’s our Google group email, a place where members can share their news, ask for advice, and keep themselves in the loop. You can opt out, obviously, but it’s the main way we communicate with our members, and members with one another.
Do you have to be a member to join a workshop?
Yes. Our workshops are strictly members-only.
What sort of workshops do you offer?
Our workshop team programmes a wide range of workshops every year. We always try to cover the fundamentals of scriptwriting, along with writing for different media, e.g. stage, screen or airwaves, and different genres, e.g. comedy, horror etc. We also encourage members to tell us what kind of workshops they need.
Do you have a script-reading service?
Can you give professional writing advice?
Script Yorkshire is run by a small team of volunteers. It’s not part of our remit to give advice to individual writers. However, you’ll always get loads of great advice from the professional writers who are kind enough to run workshops for us. And we often have Q&A sessions with a panel of professionals as part of our AGM.
I've written a script, can I get feedback on it?
Not if it’s a full-length script. But, if you’re a member, you will be able to submit short scripts, or a section of a script, for our Page to Stage events and radio drama competition. If your work is selected for performance, you'll get feedback from a panel of professional writers. Even if yours isn't in the final selection, we aim to give brief written feedback on all scripts submitted.
Can you help me adapt my novel into a screenplay?
Not directly. But we do schedule adaptation workshops from time to time that will give you guidance on how to go about it. Keep an eye on our workshops page.
I want to write novels as well as scripts. Do your members write other stuff too?
Yes, they do! Our members write all sorts: poetry, novels, you name it. So you’ll be in good company as a member of Script Yorkshire. We have actors and directors who join too, but in terms of what we offer as an organisation, it’s all about scriptwriting.
Can I find someone to write with in Script Yorkshire?
Possibly. No guarantees. As a member, you’ll be able to post a call-out for collaborators on SYchat and see if anyone responds. It would be up to you, though, to organise and navigate this yourself; our volunteer committee members don’t get involved.
I want to meet members in my area. Are there any local groups in Script Yorkshire?
Our members in York have a very active local scene. Elsewhere in the county, members have been known to organise local meet-ups from time to time. Feel free to post your whereabouts on SYchat to see if you have any scriptwriting neighbours who’d like to join you on a regular basis for sociable sharing of scripty goodness.
I can't get to Leeds/Saturdays are no good for me. Do you record workshops and send out material for those who can't attend?
Aw, that’s a shame. We don’t record our face-to-face workshops. But we DO record our online Zoom workshops and share the replay links on SYchat after the event. They’re only available for a short time and are strictly for paid-up members.
Do I have to live in Yorkshire to join?
No. However, if there’s something ‘Yorkshirey’ about you, so much the better! Born in Yorkshire. Yorkshire ancestry. Married to someone from Yorkshire. Owner of a Yorkshire Terrier. You get the gist. Seriously, though, we really don’t discriminate; you can be a member and participate in our online workshops from anywhere in the world. But it does help if you live in Yorkshire, though, because then you can participate in our face-to-face events.
Are you the same as Screen Yorkshire?
No. We’re all about writing. They’re all about film. We’re both all about Yorkshire, though.
I'm not sure if Script Yorkshire is right for me. Is there a way of finding out? Can I sample being a member first?
No, sorry. But you can get a flavour of what we're all about by attending one of our twice-yearly Page to Stage events, which are open to anyone and tickets are around £5. We usually hold these at Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton, Leeds. There’s a bar area where people mingle before and after the show, so you could chat to people there if you like.
You can also have a read of our reviews page to see what our writers say about being a member. We deliberately keep our annual membership fees at an affordable level, so even if you joined and only attended one of our 4-hour workshops, you’d still get your money’s worth.
I'm new to writing. Can you teach me how to write scripts?
Yes and no. We don’t offer a ‘scriptwriting for beginners’ course per se, but every year we programme some juicy ‘nuts and bolts of scriptwriting’ workshops which are ideal for new writers. Check out our workshops page to see what’s in the pipeline.
There are also loads of good books. Here’s a little list for you:
• Into The Woods by John Yorke
• Screenplay by Syd Field
• Writing for TV and Radio by Sue Teddern and Nick Warburton
• Write a Theatre Script in 25 Days (& 10 hours) by Tony Craze
• Playwriting: The Structure of Action by Sam Smiley
• Playwriting Seminars 2.0 by Richard Toscan
• So You Want to Write Radio Drama by Claire Grove & Stephen Wyatt
• Story by Robert McKee
• The Secret Life of Plays by Steve Waters
• Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg (about writing in general)
• Playwriting: A Practical Guide by Noel Greig
• Spoonface Steinberg by Lee Hall
That should be enough to get you going!