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GUEST LECTURES - SCREENWRITING 'MASTER CLASSES'

If you run a writers group or writing course at any level, these 'Master Classes' could be an invaluable addition to your programme and provide vital information and resources to your creative writing members or students.

Lara Moon is an experienced lecturer in all areas of creative writing for the screen.

While in U.S. she guest lectured at UCLA & USC film schools, The San Diego World Film Festival, The Writers Boot Camp and for The Independent Film Project West. She has been published in several film industry books and judged a whole host of screenplay competitions.

Currently, she guest lectures at Universities across the UK for Masters and Bachelors degree courses.

Lara regularly runs workshops for us on all apects of screenwriting - both in the development of ideas and how writers should approach the industry. The students find her sessions enjoyable, her advice invaluable and her enthusiasm infectious. The breadth of her experience on both sides of the Atlantic enables her to approach familiar territory from a different angle and to give the students plenty of food for thought.

Christopher Walker, Course Leader, MA in Television Scriptwriting, De Montfort University

  • Each lecture is 2 hours
  • Cost £250 (exclusive of travel costs)

If you have any questions or would like to book a 'Master Class' please email: info@ukscriptdoctor.com

Below is a list of 'Master Class' subjects:

AN INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING FOR THE SCREEN
  • This is an introductory lecture on how to write creatively for the screen.
  • Discusses fundamental differences between writing books, stage plays and screenplays.
  • Explores genres and audiences expectations.
  • A basic overview on structure, formatting, plot development and screen characters.
  • This is ideal for writers groups or courses that do not normally focus on screenwriting
HOW TO TURN IDEAS INTO SUCCESSFUL SCREENPLAYS
  • Explores the vital elements needed to turn 'ideas' into stories that work for the screen.
  • Explains the elements of screen style and structure which are fundamental to superior screenplays, including the 3 act structure.
  • Explains the 'tools' every screenwriter needs to create successful screen drama, including 'inciting incidents', 'turning points' and how to write dramatic twists.
  • Ideal for all groups and courses
THE RULES OF FORMATTING
  • It is imperative to learn how to correctly format a screenplay. This Master Class explains all the rules, both basic and complex that are needed to write a professional screenplay.
  • 'Format rules' are not just about presentation: it is the inherent knowledge needed to write drama in the visual medium.
  • Incorrect formatting makes a script difficult to understand and hinders a 'readers' ability to visualise the drama.
  • Learn the difference between Spec Scripts and Shooting Scripts.
  • This class can help new screenwriters avoid those critical 'novice' mistakes that will prove fatal when trying to find an Agent or Producer.
  • Ideal for all groups and courses
CREATING SCREEN CHARACTERS
  • Explores all the elements need to create strong, believable characters for the screen.
  • Learn the importance of exploring characters emotional and action story - understand 'inner' and 'outer' conflict.
  • Explores the relationships between Antagonists and Protagonists, and the idea of 'hero' and 'anti-hero'.
  • Explains how to develop back-story, character arcs and avoid stereotypes.
  • Ideal for all groups and courses
THE ART OF SCREEN DIALOGUE
  • Writing successful dialogue is a true art form. This class explains all the 8 vital elements involved in screen dialogue.
  • How to avoid cliques, excessive exposition, and the true art of subtext.
  • Ideal for all groups and courses
HOW TO GET AN AGENT OR PRODUCER TO READ YOUR WORK
  • Explores the importance of script rewrites and development.
  • How to approach Agencies and Production Companies.
  • How to write dramatic 'loglines' and synopsis.
  • How to best 'pitch' yourself and your idea in submission letters.
  • Ideal for all groups and courses

If you have any questions or would like to book a 'Master Class' please email: info@ukscriptdoctor.com