Screenwriting the Future

During my blogging duties for the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild I posted the following piece, which I figured would be worth replicating here for those who follow this blog:

De Montfort University in Leicester is hosting a one-day seminar on TV screenwriting on Saturday 7th March 2009 at the Leicester City campus, and the focus will be on Fantastic Writing – science fiction, fantasy and magic: Writing the future, the past and other worlds.

Confirmed guests include James Moran (Doctor Who, Torchwood and Spooks), Phil Ford (Sarah Jane Adventures, Dr Who and Torchwood), Stephen Volk (Afterlife) and Graham Joyce – winner of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Angus Award and the O Henry short story prize. Graham has also written screenplays for Hollywood studios and is currently commissioned to work on the story line for the computer game DOOM 4.

Stephen Volk created and was lead writer of the award-winning ITV drama series Afterlife starring Lesley Sharp and Andrew Lincoln, called ‘terrific television’ (The Guardian) and ‘Unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). A BAFTA-winning screenwriter, his TV and movie credits include Ken Russell’s Gothic, Octane, Shockers and the notorious, almost legendary, BBC ‘Halloween hoax’ Ghostwatch.

Event organiser and course leader for the unique MA, Christopher Walker says “This is a rare opportunity for scriptwriters of all levels, from complete beginners through to those who have already had some success in the industry, to hear from industry professionals – there are two keynote speakers and two question and answer panels. Events like this are usually restricted to London so it’s a way of giving opportunities to writers from the East Midlands to meet with industry professionals, network and get inspired to boost their writing careers.”

A place on the course costs £65 per person including lunch, refreshments, and parking, and can be booked via the web site.