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Screen Writing Workshop

Karl Derrick is a professional screenwriter, screenwriting consultant, producer and director who has worked in the film industry for thirty years. His credits include the Harry Potter films, Gladiator, 1408, The Brothers Grimm, Kingsman, Doom, Reign of Fire, The Mummy Returns,  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The King, and The Witcher.

Karl has written over a dozen feature film and television screenplays, four of which have been sold outright and a further three optioned. His beginners' courses on professional screenwriting, 'The Write Stuff', are taught all over the world and are always well and enthusiastically attended.

There will also be a special prize awarded to the person that the other participants feel has contributed most to the course overall. The prize is a pen, hand made by Karl from wood from the Great Hall set of the first Harry Potter film, an actual piece of Hogwarts!

Dates and times

Coming soon


The full cost of this course is £250 with a deposit of £50.

Course content

Session 1:

What is a Script? What a script isn't. Different types of Screenplay. Screenwriting terminology. Formal, Industry-Standard Formatting. Script Length.

Session 2:

Pace and Structure. The Plot Board. The 'Cheat Sheet'. Opening and closing images. Watch the short film 'Wisdom' and discuss.

Session 3:

Concept. Budget. Know your subject. Know your story. The Elevator Pitch. Characters. Stereotypes. Character names.

Session 4:

Dialogue. Finding your process. Learning how to listen. Starting a 'Good lines' file. Examples of great and terrible dialogue. What is 'On the nose' dialogue?

Session 5:

Getting Started. Plot. Characters and 'Functions'. Naming your film.

Session 6:

Good Writing Practises. Getting unblocked. Who to ask for criticism. How to handle criticism.

Session 7: 

The Ten Commandments of screenwriting.

Session 8: 

Why now is a good time to be a writer. What does the industry want? What do I do now? Open Q&A and prize giving.