Every year the Scottish Book Trust offers writers the chance to develop cross-media careers through its labs scheme. Applications are now open for the 2011 Screen Lab. Ever wondered about writing for film and TV? This is your chance to discover exactly what it takes to break into one of the most competitive and lucrative areas of writing.
Among the areas covered: state of the industry and breaking in; developing ideas; show don't tell - visual narrative; what directors and actors look for in a script; pitch docs, treatments, step outlines and first drafts; competitions, networking, and other career building strategies; the transition from part time writer to professional.
Screen Lab 2011 will be led by award winning writer and director Adrian Mead. Over a packed three days Adrian takes you through the realities of script development and the strategy you need to break in. For a taster of his sessions, watch Adrian's vidcasts about Making It As a Screenwriter or download his acclaimed book for more detail.
Screen Lab 2011 runs July 9-11 inclusive, from 10am-5pm at the Scottish Book Trust in Edinburgh. It's open to professional writers at any career stage, but students in formal education are not eligible (i.e. accredited school, university and college courses, full or part-time). Go here for more details and an application form.