Raindance Film Festival
26th September - 7th October 2012

Sally Wainwright
10th October 2012
Get the opportunity to question an award-winning TV writer.

Belper New Play Competition 
Deadline 31st October 2012

Belfast Book Festival 11th-18th June 2012

Pick ' n ' Mix at The Mac 8th- 10th June 2012

Women Returning to Work in TV Industry 9th Feb 2012
via Skillset at www.northernirelandscreen.co.uk

Dublin Film Festival 16-26th Feb 2012

The 360 Degree Festival in Belfast 25th - 27th January 2012
See Scriptsmart news page for more details.

The Sitcom Mission
Deadline 25th Jan 2012. Click here

NYTV Short Film UK
Deadline 27th Jan 2012 Click here

Deadline 16th January. Click here for more.

London Screenwriter's Festival 28-30th October 2011
Click here for more.

masterclass; Writing Comedy Drama
29th July, London Click here for more


Showcasing the work of 2 Nobel Prize winners, as well as Pulitzer, Whitbread, Booker, T.S. Eliot and Costa award winners, the 13th annual festival line-up also includes the travel writers Micheal Palin and Colin Thubron; first novelists Kevin Barry and John Butler; award-winning Irish writers John Banville, John Boyne, Roddy Doyle, Paul Durcan, Anne Enright, Dermot Healy and Colm Tóibín;American author Rebecca Miller; Libyan writer Hisham Matar; acclaimed French screenwriter and frequent Louis Bunuel and Peter Brook collaborator Jean-Claude Carrière; and ‘Gonzo’ style journalist Jon Ronson.


Filmbase, Curved Street (from 14 – 29th May only)
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(Michael Palin only)
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(Paul Durcan only)
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Pint Sized Plays
Deadline 31st May
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London Screenwriters' Festival 2011
28th - 30th October 2011
Click to find out more and see what last year looked like!

Leeds, 6th- 7th July 2011
Click here for more details.

Kings Cross Award For Writing 2011
The Award, which is open to writers of all levels of experience resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland, seeks imaginative, original work which explores the unique possibilities of writing for the stage.
Deadline 1st September 2011
Click here for more.

John Truby The Anatomy of Story. This flagship class of the Truby's Writers Studio, taken by over 30,000 students worldwide, wins awards year after year as the best screenwriting class in America . Don't miss this rare opportunity to master your craft.
Coming to Raindance 9th -11th July
Click here for more details.

Northern Exposure = Deal closure

As part of the 11th Belfast Film Festival programme, the two-day workshop for aspiring film-makers, writers and producers, will take place at Queen's Film Theatre (20 University Wquare, Belfast BT7 1PA) on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th April.

On Day 1, there will be two separate panel sessions (9:30-12:30 and 14:00-17:00) with industry experts Hilary Davis (Bankside Films), Julia Short (Verve Pictures), Stephen Murphy (Optimum Releasing), Andrew Orr (Independent Film), John Fletcher (Pathé Distribution) and moderator Mike Goodridge (Editor, Screen International). You can book a place for these sessions free of charge through our website

On Day 2, some of our panellists will be available for a series of short One-to-One meetings from 9:30-12:30. You can register your interest by sending the application form tojulia@belfastfilmfestival.org by Monday 28th March.

David Freeman @ Raindance on 9th & 10th April! David Freeman will introduce 200 powerful techniques in Beyond Structure which will advance the experienced screenwriter, fiction writer, or development exec to the next level, and shave years off a beginner's learning curve. The use of film clips, together with hands-on, in-class writing exercises will give screenwriters practice and confidence in all these new skills.
Click here for more details.

Laugh Yourself Successful @ The London Comedy Screenwriters Festival
9th & 10th April 2011 http://www.londoncomedywritersfestival.com/

Guiding Lights: Mentoring for the next generation of film industry talent.
If you are a Writer / Producer or Director looking for the next step on the career ladder. Click here to find out about this priceless opportunity.

Raindance has a well recommended course on making No-Low budget films on 26-27th Feb. It is well worth checking out. Click here for more.

The Script Factory is a very good source of valuable industry knowledge and training.


23rd November kicks off a series of talks in Belfast hosted by BBC NI and Northern Ireland Screen about writing for TV leading up to the selection of four writers on 14th February 2010 who will get the opportunity to have a one hour single drama on screen in 2012. Click here for more.

The London Screenwriters' Festival takes place on 29th-31st October.

Literary Festival in Bangor, County Down 22nd-26th September.

The Belfast Festival at Queens has a gastronomic variety to satisfy any palate 15th-30th October.

Peroni Nastro Azzurro - celebrate the best of Italian film making 17-19th September in Belfast. Click here for more.

Cinemagic is happening in Belfast from 11-26th November

The London Screenwriters Festival Short Screenplay Competition
http://www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com/ Deadline 15th october

The Scottish Book Trust Mentoring Scheme is now open. Deadline 8th October 2010. Click here for more details.

Supershorts 2010 Film Festival. Deadline 27th September.
Click here for more details.

Julie Gray from http://www.justeffing.com/ is coming to Raindance in October

The London Screenwriters Festival 29-31st October 2010
Can you afford to miss it?

Red Planet Prize deadline 31st July
£5000, a commission and chance of representation.
Click here for more

10th July 2010
Making A good Script Great - a workshop with Dr. Linda Seger
Click here for more info

Television Drama - The Writer's Festival. Click here or go to BBC Writersroom for more details.
June 30th - 1st July, Leeds.

BSSC British Short Screenplay Competition.

Deadline; 5th July

- a screenwriting competition of just one word! Deadline; 4th July.

David Freeman is coming to Raindance on 26/27th June to take one of his infamous BEYOND STRUCTURE writing weekends. Click here for more details. Don't forget to check out your regional screen agency for possible opportunities of funding.

Go to http://www.truby.com/for some great advice on TV drama and why The Good Wife is a model we should all study.

Euroscript run great training courses with the emphasis on practical training. Here is what they have coming up in May. Click
here to see more details on the website.


Pitching with Power Masterclass
Saturday 8 May 10.30am to 5.30pm

Project Development Workshop
Monday 10 May 6.15 to 9:30pm

An EXTREME scriptwriting workshop
Write a ten-minute Short in one day

Sunday 16 May 10.30am to 4.30pm

Project Development Workshop
Monday 24 May 6.15 to 9:30pm

RomCom Evening
Tuesday 25 May 6.15 to 9.30pm

Unblock Your Creativity: Writing The First Draft
Saturday 29 May 10.30am to 5.30pm

John Truby coming to the UK!
Autumn 2010
Check out
for more information.

Wed 5 May 2010

Writing Radio Drama
2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
An afternoon workshop that illuminates the craft and industry of radio drama.
Soho Theatre Studio, 21 Dean Street, London W1

4 - 5 June 2010
Serious Screenwriting 2010
A two-day forum focussing on screenwriters and story with expert tuition mixed with high level guests.
BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1

For more info go to http://scriptfactory.co.uk

Deadline; 3rd May
New writers (16-25) wanted for Tinderbox Theatre Company Belfast

The BBC Drama Writers Academy 2010 is now open for applications.

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