Where should one draw the line between what one can reasonably be expected to do for free as a writer and when one should expect to be paid?
What tactics and strategies will give the writer the best chance of being paid when a producer insists “there is no money”?
These and other questions will be answered at an event being organised by the Welsh branch of WGGB in Cardiff on Wednesday 20 April 2016.
Writer and former WGGB TV Chair Bill Armstrong will discuss the kinds and amount of speculative work that is necessary to get a writing career going and the work that even an experienced writer will continue to do for free.
Bill will also report on the progress of the WGGB Free is NOT an Option campaign with specific reference to payment for treatments, trial scripts and shadow schemes.
Join us for some priceless career advice and the opportunity to network with fellow writers.
The event is free and open to non-members as well as members of WGGB. It takes place from 8-9pm on Wednesday 20 April in Cardiff. Full information of venue and to book a place via Eventbrite.
Bill Armstrong began his career as an actor, and has appeared on stage at the RSC, the Royal Court and the Almeida, among others. He has also appeared in BBC, ITV, Channel 4, NBC, CBC and HBO shows. He started writing in 2003, wrote the first series of The Indian Doctor and has become a core writer on Doctors. He is a former Chair of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain TV Committee, where he spearheaded the Free is NOT an Option campaign, and is currently developing original projects with a number of independent companies.