Learning & Developing Script Writing Skills
Facilitator: Graham Duff
Multi-award winning TV comedy and drama screenwriter Graham Duff will provide you with a range of strategies to create powerful, engaging and entertaining scripts.
Whether you’re a novice, or someone who has been writing for a while, Graham can help you develop your creative drive and build your confidence in your work. He’ll show you how to get your script up on its feet: from brainstorming ideas to creating log-lines. From developing plots to crafting believable dialogue. From how to write memorable characters, to how to shape compelling narratives.
You’ll be encouraged to find and employ your own distinctive voice, to follow your own passions and use them to inform your scripts. Graham will also explain how to avoid common mistakes and maximise the chances of getting your work into production.
Event time: Fri 2nd Sep 2022 at 6:30pm - Sun 4th Sep 2022 at 4:00pm
- Learn script writing skills from an experienced TV writer
- Develop your own creative voice
- Make writing an integral and enjoyable part of your life
At a Glance
- Confidence in their creative abilities
- A concise but in-depth guide to screenwriting
- An awareness of common pitfalls
- Guidance with their work
- Industry insights
Graham will take you through each aspect of the script writing process. From generating initial ideas and log lines, through character development, storylining, beat sheets and on to scripting itself.
You’ll be encouraged to write sample scenes. Then there’ll be a chance to rewrite and improve them, by paying attention to structure, character and theme.
He’ll also show clips which illuminate the ideas under discussion.
The Key Stages Are:
How to make the act of writing an integral and enjoyable part of your day
How to avoid being precious about the process, and open yourself to new possibilities and fresh ways of creating
What kind of ideas/concepts make for good scripts?
Why and how you should mine your own interests, passions and obsessions for dramatic or comedic potential
How to craft log lines: the sparks that ignite your reader’s imagination
How to develop a cast of interesting and relatable characters
How to map out storylines that keep you, the writer inspired, and your reader gripped
How to make sure the scenes you write engage your audience, and importantly, move your plot forwards.
What are the things you shouldn’t do? How do you avoid the traps that inexperienced writers so often fall into?
How to structure scenes that power your storyline
The art of the catchphrase
How to make different ‘passes’ on your script for different purposes: theme, humour, character and so on
How to remove common obstacles to getting your script read
How to approach rewrites and script polishing
How to have fun whilst doing all of this
In support of creative endeavour, the Hawkwood grounds and gardens are a great resource for regeneration, soft thinking, and inspirational flow. This will be an inspirational course for all playwrights!
Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.
What Is Included
Both residential and non-residential rates are available. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.
- Mindful walking through our woodland trails
- Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
- Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
- Discover surrounding charming market towns
Please bring your laptop or tablet, or whatever you use to write, plus a pen and notebook. Bring outdoor clothing and footwear to be able to enjoy the gardens, woodlands and beautiful walks.
Arrival and registration on Friday from 4.00 pm with tea. The course begins with supper at 6.30 pm and ends with afternoon tea at 4.00 pm on Sunday.
Please note that prices are listed per person.
Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.
Graham, screenwriter and author, has written over 150 episodes of comedy and drama for television and radio, including seven series of Johnny Vegas’ dark BBC sitcom ‘Ideal’: winner of three Royal Television Society Awards.
His other TV series include ‘Hebburn’ with Vic Reeves, ‘Dr. Terrible’s House of Horrible’ starring Steve Coogan and the Sky Arts anthology series ‘The Nightmare Worlds of H.G. Wells’ starring Ray Winstone.
For BBC Radio 4, he wrote 3 seasons of Mark Gatiss’ sci-fi sit-com ‘Nebulous’, as well as writing and starring in his own music obsessive comedy ‘Stereonation’. He’s also adapted Alexei Sayles’ short stories for two series of ‘The Absence of Normal’, with a cast including Maxine Peake and Peter Capaldi.
His work as a script editor includes Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge feature film ‘Alpha Papa’, the recent UK Gold hit comedy ‘Murder They Hope’ starring Johnny Vegas and Sian Gibson, plus 55 episodes of Radio 4’s Sony Gold Award winning ‘Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show!’ which he also produces. He’s also provided consultancy work on characters and storylines for Idris Elba’s Sky One comedy ‘In The Long Run’ and BBC3’s ‘Man Like Mobeen’ starring Guz Khan.
Away from screenwriting, he’s the author of three books: ‘Foreground Music: A Life in 15 Gigs’, ‘The Future’s Here To Stay: The Singles of The Fall’ and ‘The Otherwise’ with Mark E. Smith.
“Graham Duff is one of the most inventive and skilled writers I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.”
“Duff delivers on numerous levels. Best of all, he has the knack of saying the most serious things in a light voice. It’s a rare gift.”
“Beautiful script work by Graham Duff.”