Unfortunately, the scriptwriting weekend has almost come to an end. I think I could happily spend a week in Gregynog Hall near Newtown. There’s zero phone signal so it’s a strange experience but finding inspiration or motivation to write is incredible because of the scenery and the beauty of this old (possibly haunted) house.
Back in February, I won a brief with Ideastap to attend a playwriting workshop led by Jack Lowe on behalf of HighTide Festival Theatre, a “powerhouse of new writing” according to The Observer. There were six workshops across the UK between December and February. Twenty-five writers were chosen to attend on of the 12 workshops. Out of those three hundred writers, twenty-five would be chosen, based on their samples, to
With the adaptation treatment for ‘Amfia’ finished at last, I’m feeling a little lost – I have spent the last month and a half focusing all of my attention on Amfia, Maura and the society beneath the sea. I’ve spent most of the day trying to start my short script but have ended up only thinking about doing it while I re-watch Once Upon A Time. I’m trying not to think of it
Back in December, Rob Gittins – writer of EastEnders and Stella to name but a few – spent a day talking to us about his experiences, offering advise to develop our careers and writing. Rob agreed to read 31-10 and provide feedback before I send it off to the Ustinov Award in a couple of months time. Having since received his wonderful approval and feedback, I think it’s time I
I’ve had an extremely busy start to the year….and it’s only just turned February! In just one month and eleven days, there have been assignments to hand in, workshops, masterclasses, some serious problem solving and a lot of script development. My head hurts just thinking about it. Thankfully, with all academic aspects of the course out of the way, I can dedicate my time to the important side….the creative.
It has been suggested that, as new writers, it is highly likely that our first commission will come in the form of an adaptation. Thankfully, at the last Scriptwriting Weekend in December, we were fortunate enough to be visited by Manon Eames, an experienced freelance writer who’s adaptations of work into Welsh from English and French have gained her critical acclaim….
In November, Jill, an MA Drama student, asked me to come up with a short play dealing with the idea of sanctuary. She wanted something scripted to use for her assessment. Jill just forgot to mention that she needed it before the semester ended. Panicked, I set to work on the first short play I’ve ever written. The first draft apparently made no sense so back to the drawing board I went and Sanctuary was born…
My list of books to read just seems to keep growing. In order to keep all the piles of books straight in my head, I’m creating this list as a checklist for myself. I’ll cross them out as I get through them and maybe add a review later on. Although, it’ll probably be twice the size before the course is even finished…
For a month of new starts, January has been rather unkind to our production plans but it has taught me a lot about people and my ability to start troubleshooting problems months in advance. It seems I have been preparing for Flat 666 to run into problems since November.
I’ve been meaning to get around to writing all my notes up for months now. In typical writer fashion, I’m choosing now to do that. Yes, I am well aware that I should be writing my Script Analysis essay but procrastination is so sweet when it’s productive. The first scriptwriting weekend was intense and started very early (9 AM? Really?). Even so, it was well worth the loss of sleep