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Write Like Quentin Tarantino... Feedback

Jun 27, 2021

Online, Live AND OnDemand // One Day // £47.99 // READ MORE HERE.

Feedback from past delegates...

'I learnt so much from this! I’ve been feeling a bit stale with my writing and just felt so inspired. The idea of writing what you love, of tonal discordance ( which I absolutely love but couldn’t put a name to before), of metaphorical relationships, of ‘whiplash’ moments - I’ve just learnt so much to make me feel reinspired. The clips were just great too. Brilliant choices. All this and I haven’t even watched that many Tarantino movies ( want to watch them all now!)'
Varsha Shah // Screenwriter

'Bob is a master at dissecting great writers, the reward and punishment commandment was very inciteful. Step aside Aaron Sorkin there’s a new motherf*er in town. Just a brilliant session I didn’t think I needed, but I’m glad I did it. Quentin Tarantino’s ten Commandments are one of the best checklist you’ll ever need. Thanks...

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Nemesis II: Revelations Feedback...

Jun 10, 2021

Online, Live AND OnDemand // One Day // £47.99  // More Information Here

Feedback from past delegates...

'Thank you for continuing to offer new, fresh, bold classes virtually. Totally worth the 3 am start time here in the US. My writing improves with every workshop I participate in!'
Ellis Barrowman // Screenwriter

'I will re-watch this course over and over for every project from this day forward! I've learned with the best - you name the guru, I've workshopped or consulted with them over the years.  But Bob is undoubtedly the most direct, generous and on-point of them all.  Thanks Bob.'
Shahrukh Shackle // Screenwriter

‘Intensely engaging and packed with useful discussion and information. Can only imagine the huge amount of energy and preparation Bob puts in to  every session to pound home so much information in only one  day.  A recording is then sent to mull over at leisure. Huge value for money!!’
Anita Tucker // Writer

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Feedback for Screenwriting, Pitching and Story Consults with Bob Schultz

May 18, 2021

One on One Sessions Most weeks // £42 // UPCOMING DATES HERE

'My writing partner and I booked Bob's one-on-one consultation session with a plethora of warring, anxious questions in our heads, and emerged from it with focused and determined ones instead. Bob identifies the core priorities of your story in finger-snap time, and asks all the right questions to help you get to the root of both its problems and potential. A lean, mean (but actually kind) hour of charged wisdom - highly recommended.'
Teodor Reljic // Screenwriter

‘I really enjoy Bob’s frank and honest approach to the questions and queries I had. Would highly recommend for anybody at any stage of writing, from working out a germ of an idea to getting advice on how to put that final polish on your project.’
Hefin Rees // Writer, Director

‘The advice and encouragement I received for my concept were really helpful and I am ready to improve my pitch accordingly. Bob  is a wonderful, down...

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Feedback for LondonSWF365 in February 2021

May 18, 2021
 

All session now OnDemand for one year // £27 // READ MORE HERE.

‘I have always had a passing interest in screenwriting and storytelling, but it was attending the London Screenwriting Festival that truly lit the fire inside, as well as giving me the tools and confidence to really start my journey.'
Darren Grenfell // Screenwriter 

‘Absolutely fantastic- a super praise to all of you amazing team of people so full of positive energy!!!!! I could NOT stop crying of emotion during Chris’ last session...’
Paola Ranson // Photographer, Screenwriter 

‘The festival was brilliant value for money and I've now got a number of notebooks bulging with information and ideas to read through and implement. It's got me thinking beyond the actual writing of the script to how I can get my work produced and how this will fit in with my other writing projects so I can earn a living through my writing. A big thank you to Chris, Bob, Savannah and the rest of the...

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The Ultimate Logline Clinic Feedback with Bob Schultz Feedback

May 07, 2021

Online, Live AND OnDemand // One Day // £20 // READ MORE HERE.

Feedback from past delegates...

‘Bob took my logline, broke it into puzzle pieces and rearranged them into a picture that made more sense and stood out.’
Josie Montano // Author, writer, producer

‘Loved it! Bob is very clear, and encouraging without babying you.’
Chris de Leon // Writer 

‘I love the structure of the workshop, the practical writing elements and workshopping everyone's material so we can all learn from each other. Bob is awesome. More Bob workshops please!’
Natasha Sutton Williams // Writer

'I loved all the examples of popular films where the blurb was carefully deconstructed, showing the protagonist, the world, the goal, the stakes and obstacles. Also, the style of the presentation was engaging, pragmatic and humorous.'
KT Parker // Wordsmith & get-stuff-done person 

‘I liked that we had the seminar, followed by several days before the...

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Ten Quick Fire Tips To Help Craft a Killer One Pager

May 06, 2021
 

“My boss won’t read the whole script. Do you have a one-pager I could give them?”

Even as the flopsweats begin, you croak out a semi-confident “Sure.” Then spend the rest of the week hoping the world will come to an end and save you the torture of writing one.

Good news, fellow writers! Creating a One-Pager is easier than you think. Here are some quick tips to craft a thing of beauty that will result in a quick and glorious “Send it.”

  1. Tell a complete story.
    The One-Pager is a document designed to show you can deliver what every producer is looking for: an excellent story, well told. The strategies that make for a great movie, script, and book also make for a great One-Pager. Tell your whole story with panache. Start strong, finish stronger.
  1. Think like the reader.
    Don’t think like the one who wrote it. Think like the one who will read it. Your One-Pager is one of 100 they are going to be reading. That day. Maybe after a terrible...
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Feedback for Inevitable, Surprising and Satisfying: Writing The KILLER Final Act

Apr 28, 2021

Online, Live AND OnDemand // One Day // £37 // READ MORE HERE.

Feedback from past delegates...

‘I found all the workshops I have done with you very insightful and top-notch helpful, but this one was in a league of its own. Talk about astute and able to communicate so that it's clear, clear, clear. I was able to use the material on a short story I am working on immediately. I don't readily use the word revelation, but this time, yes, yes, indeed, yes, it was a 'lightbulb' moment.’
Mary Ann Hushlak // Writer and Dancer 

'I came away with real practical ideas on how to plan and improve my final act. It was so enjoyable! A fabulous, analytical and practical workshop that has transformed my ideas on writing an effective and, most importantly, emotional final act. Thank you!'
Varsha Shah // Screenwriter

‘Watching the clips and breaking them down as we went really clarified the process. The whole day was really, really insightful and, most of all, practical....

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The London Screenwriters’ Festival to receive £42,015 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Apr 02, 2021
  • The London Screenwriters’ Festival is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund 
  • This award ensures that the festival will not just survive beyond the pandemic, but will thrive in these uncertain times.

The London Screenwriters’ Festival is delighted to announce that it has received a grant of £42,015 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. 

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including the festival, in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

The London Screenwriters’ Festival is one of the largest events for screenwriters in the world and was poised to run its tenth anniversary event to record breaking attendance in April of 2020 when the pandemic hit. The timing...

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Steve Kaplan on the alchemy of comedy gold by KT Parker

Apr 01, 2021

I’m sure I’m not alone amongst drama writers in worrying that I’m just not funny. We know all the theories about using comedy to provide moments of relief, to heighten the tragedy that follows. We’ve studied Shakespeare, who mastered this technique with genius. We’ve analysed our favourite movies, to unravel how it’s done. Still, we stress about executing it ourselves, and are always stunned (and immensely pleased) when somebody tells us they laughed at something we wrote.

Steve Kaplan’s London Screenwriters’ Festival session, “Just Add Comedy”, was the perfect antidote. A man so wry and self-deprecating was the perfect guide through the underpinnings of comedy, whether you are a drama writer with comic insecurities (pun intended), or a writer who specialises in comedy and needs tips on how to contain your magic in a ninety-minute screenplay format, or anybody in-between. Kaplan was the co-founder and artistic director of...

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GO DO IT! Two LondonSWF365 sessions that put fire in our bellies by KT Parker

Mar 12, 2021

What have experienced documentary filmmaker David Nicholas Wilkinson and editor Jon Walker got in common with genre-mashing feature filmmaker John McPhail?

David exudes wisdom with his Tolstoy-style beard, which is not surprising given his wide-ranging career, beginning in acting when he was fourteen, and expanding over the decades to include producing, writing, directing and distribution.

Jon has worked with David on his latest documentaries, including the acclaimed Postcards from the 48% and soon to be released Getting away with Murder(s), as well as dozens of other film and TV projects.

Meanwhile John is a dynamic young director who has exploded onto the Scottish filmmaking scene with quirky takes on genre, including the exuberant zombie Christmas musical, Anna and the Apocalypse.

The answer is: they all communicate a can-do, have-a-go energy. Although very different in style, I noticed five common underlying themes in what they had to say:

  1. Learn by doing

David’s entire...

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