De Montfort MA TV Scriptwriting has held several Writers Days with guest ranging from Stephen Volk (Afterlife); Phil Ford (Dr Who); Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty); Tony Marchant (Garrows Law: Julian Jones (Merlin) and Laurence Marks (Goodnight Sweetheart).
The Writers Days have always been ‘themed’ with subjects such as Science Fiction and Fantasy; Police dramas and writing online drama.
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Previous Writers' Days
Writing Comedy – L.O.L. – Lots of Laughs
Date: Saturday 18th May 2013, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: Actors Centre (Tristran Bates Theatre), Covent Garden, London
The De Montfort Writers Day event looked at the craft of writing comedy with a comedy workshop and speakers from the industry.
Writers Day Schedule (PDF)
Trix Worral joins the Comedy Day line up.
Trix is a writer, composer and director with a selection of awards under his belt: including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Royal Television Society in 1998. His TV writing credits include: Desmonds, The Cosby Show, What You Looking At and Porkpie, and on the big screen: Meet The Clan with Pam Greer. He also wrote the script for Puff Daddy when he was the presenter for the MTV Europe Music Awards.
The ‘Comedy Diamond’ with Keith Lindsay.
Everyone knows that well constructed comic characters are the heart of any good Sit Com; this 90 minute session will let you in on the secret short cuts of their creation it’s taken Keith Lindsay 20 years to figure out. You’ll be guided how to identify the traits shared by classic Sit Com protagonists and shown how to fully integrate the supporting cast into their warped world.
Keith Lindsay began his Sit Com career working on the award winning Birds of a Feather and most recently wrote with and for the late great John Sullivan on three series of his Only Fools and Horses spin off, The Green Green Grass, including the highly regarded Christmas special ‘The Special Arrangement’.
Keith is a regular visiting lecturer to the MA TV Scriptwriting
A distinguished and renowned writer across several genres which include television, radio and stage, Laurence gave a keynote speech on comedy at our Writers Day event.
The guest speakers included Jesse Armstrong (Fresh Meat C4) James Cary (Bluestone 42 BBC) , Adam Riches (winner of the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award) and Josh Cole (development producer) Big Talk Productions. http://www.bigtalkproductions.com/
Afternoon Panel hosted by Jan Gilbert
Jan is an experienced presenter, journalist and producer with an impressive catalogue of celebrity interviews and profiles including Stephen Frears, Tim Minchin, Bill Bailey, Steven Berkoff and may more. http://jangilbert.co.uk/
Q&A sessions with co- creator/writer of 'Peep Show' and 'Fresh Meat' as well as writing 'The Thick of It' and 'In the Loop'.
James Cary is a comedy writer for BBC TV and Radio. His latest series is Bluestone 42 for BBC3, which he co-created and wrote with Richard Hurst. He met Richard working on series 1 & 2 of BBC's award-winning sitcom, Miranda. He also co-wrote Miranda Hart’s Jokeshop (BBC Radio 2).
James has also written episodes of My Hero and My Family for BBC1. James is the creator and writer of the Radio 4 comedy series, Think the Unthinkable (4 series, winner of a Sony Silver Award) and Hut 33 (3 series).
The talented writer-performer and 2011 winner of the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award will be sitting down, rather than standing up and talking comedy. Twitter: https://twitter.com/TigcoRiches
Josh Cole (Development Producer)
Josh Cole joined Big Talk in 2012 as their new Development Producer. Specialising in comedy, Josh’s responsibilities include developing brand new shows and working on existing Big Talk productions. Previously Josh worked in comedy at the BBC and at numerous companies in the independent sector.
Danielle is a comedy writer working across TV, radio and stage. A Time Out Award winner and Chortle Award nominee, Danielle’s past credits include The News Quiz, The Day the Music Died, The Lee Mack Show, Touch Me I'm Karen Taylor, Look Away Now and Mongrels. She created the radio panel show Dilemma, which is produced by Ed Morrish and presented by Sue Perkins. Series 2 will air on Radio 4 in February 2013. Her online panel show, Do The Right Thing, won a Sony Radio Award in 2012. http://danielleward.co.uk