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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 Leeds Playhouse from 11am to 4pm, and they’re absolutely free for members.


Writing continuing drama with Emmerdale's Kirsty Halton

Saturday 18th November
11am to 3pm @ Guiseley Theatre

Can you believe Emmerdale is now entering its 51st year on screen? Kirsty Halton has been on the writing team of Yorkshire's much-loved soap since 2009, and she's proud to be involved in a continuously evolving programme which regularly highlights social issues among the murder and mayhem!


Kirsty was as a forensic scientist and science teacher before she embarked on her writing career. As well as working on Emmerdale, she has also written for The Chase (Rollem Productions/BBC) and The Worst Witch (CBBC/Netflix), so we're really looking forward to tapping into her wealth of experience.

IMPORTANT PREP: Kirsty asks that workshop participants watch her episode on 12th October. It's part of an Emmerdale special, so if you're able to watch other episodes around it, it may be helpful, but not critical. Kirsty also has an episode airing on 3rd October, which is more typical in terms of a writing brief.

Booking window opens 4th November via the Events tab in your account

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  • Numbers are limited to 20 writers per workshop.

  • To attend, you must be a current paid-up member of Script Yorkshire. Join us!


  • Tickets are bookable via the events page in your Script Yorkshire account, and the booking window opens on the Saturday two weeks before the workshop date.​


  • If the workshop is full, you can add yourself to the waiting list and you'll get an email if someone drops out.

  • If you book a ticket and discover you can no longer attend, please cancel your ticket as soon as you possibly can via your account so another writer will have the chance to come along.

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10 January: The Proactive Writer with Jonathan Hall

11 February: Devising theatre with Actors with Lucy Campbell

18 April: Writing for radio with Oliver Emanuel

20 May: Writing & pitching a TV drama series with Jade Jones

17 June: Podcasting for scriptwriters with Pods Up North


26 January: Reconnecting With Our Creativity with Script Yorkshire's workshop team

26 March: Writing Film Scripts with Julian Woodford

23 April: How To Put On Your Own Play with Dick Bonham

12 November: Writing a theatre play with Tom Wells


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


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


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


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.

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