Related Links: Writing
Related Links: WritingUseful writing/scriptwriting organisations, websites and resources.
Industrial Scripts was founded by some of the UK's leading script analysts to provide independent writers and filmmakers with high-end script development services and training courses lead by respected industry tutors.
American site focussed on screenwriting contests and markets. It’s very much about ‘selling’ but useful for competitions. The site includes British and European short films as well as hundreds from America, plus competitions for feature scripts.
New Writing North
This is a site specifically aimed at writers (of all types) in the North of England, but it provides lots of handy information for writers everywhere.
Online version of the monthly magazine that deals with every aspect of the trade, ranging from genre discussion to legal advice.
A script development service from Philip Shelley, one of the UK's leading script consultants with extensive experience as a script editor and producer. Philip also teaches script editing courses at the BBC and Channel 4.
Script It; Screen It: Sell It!
Specialising in writing courses held in hotels and resorts around Scotland and Ireland.
Shooting People, the filmmaking community, offers a daily screenwriters' bulletin for writers to exchange information, and for directors to source scripts. Writers can also pitch to agents and producers through the weekly script pitch bulletin.
The Writers Guild of Great Britain
The Industry’s Guild of Writers is a membership-based organisation, with a specific arm focussing on screenwriters. They work with PACT in drawing up the industry-standard contracts.
Zoetrope Virtual Studio
Zoetrope Virtual Studio was started by Francis Coppola as a means for writers to submit their short stories to his short fiction magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story. It is a place where writers, directors, composers etc. can view and review one another's work. It includes a section where writers of short stories, novellas and screenplays can collaborate and communicate. US-based site.
BBC World Service: How To Write
A good place to start, this site services all kinds of writers and has specific advice from industry professionals for screenwriters.
BBC World Service: Writing Radio Drama Tips
Another useful resource from World Service containing advice on structuring your writing and editorial tips, focusing on radio drama but equally applicable to any type of scriptwriting.
A few of the hundreds of Screenwriter sites available can be accessed via the Links section of the BBC Writers Room.
Good overview of script formatting from a US point of view.
Through the Writers Room, you can access basic but efficient Word-based software designed by a screenwriter to help format scripts.
A downloadable cross-format approach to writing and organising.
Free advice on formatting, structure and character development, plus general screenwriting tips.
Script Reading Services
The Rocliffe New Writing forum
A monthly script-focussed networking forum, the event aims to help new writers hone their script for production. In-house casting directors find appropriate actors who will read through a section of the seven selected scripts each month and ask the audience for feedback. Excellent way to receive honest feedback.
The Script Factory: Script Reading Service
The Script Factory offers a script reading service for short and feature film scripts as well as treatments, at varying costs.
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