London Screenwriters Festival 2013

The London Screenwriters Festival ended a couple of weeks ago and already the emails telling me to sign up for next year’s festival have arrived. I’ve had time to think a bit about whether it was worth it or not.

First, the price. It’s £260, that’s quite a lot for a conference but then there was a wealth of speakers and producers from Hollywood, indies, the BBC, Sky and more. They get fed and pampered on your behalf, but for the price of a short holiday you are paying to spend long days listening to others – and talk. Oh, the talking.


Site of the week: Script Consultant

Professional level writing is tricky so it’s no surprise there is a glut of sites claiming to help make scriptwriters into pros. For a price.

This is why Script Consultant is the site of the week. Philip Shelley is a freelance script consultant, and yes he charges for pitching and other advice – after all, he has to make a living – but he gives a lot away free of charge.

For example, his latest article is on how to come up with ideas, full of top tips such as reading professional scrtipts – sounds obvious but I’m surprised at the amount of (wannabe) writers who barely look at successful examples of the finished product before putting ink to paper.

His regular email newsletter also has a wealth of advice and you can sign up now from his home page – so what are you waiting for?