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Write On – a series of free online events for writers

Next up in our free series of events for writers is another session in partnership with Creative Essentials, in which The Art of Screen Adaptation author Alistair Owen will be talking to screenwriter Lucinda Coxon. It takes place on 21 April 2021 at 5pm (register here).

Following that we have the first in a new series of online guided tours to help writers and those who work with them find their way around our industry agreements and guidelines. First up is ‘All you need to know about… musical theatre’ on 22 April 2021 (register here).

And the week beginning 26 April 2021 sees the return of our popular, week-long mini-festival of videogames writing, which sees five events and 13 speakers across five days (find out more and register here).

WGGB launched its free series of online events for writers during the Covid-19 lockdown. You can find details of all previous sessions, including videos (where we recorded sessions), below. Closed captions are available for all our Zoom events.

Can stories save the planet?

The event took place on 15 April 2021 hosted by WGGB Chair Lisa Holdsworth.

Where next for women in theatre?

The event took place on Thursday 25 March 2021 in partnership with Sphinx Theatre.

In conversation with… David Nicholls

BAFTA-winning screenwriter, best-selling novelist and WGGB member David Nicholls spoke to The Art of Screen Adaptation author Alistair Owen at this session in partnership with Creative Essentials on March 10 2021.

Can you make a living writing podcast drama?

WGGB Audio Chair Nicholas McInerny spoke to writer/director Ken Bentley and actor/producer Nathan Blade in this event on Thursday 25 February 2021 at 5pm. 

In conversation with… Emma Reeves

My Mum Tracy Beaker screenwriter and WGGB TV Chair Emma Reeves was in conversation with fellow children’s TV writer and WGGB Treasurer Gail Renard on 24 February 2020.

Annual videogames panel event

Our popular annual event with London South Bank University and IGDA London took place on Thursday 11 February 2021. It featured award-winning games writer, narrative designer and producer Jon Ingold talking about how to creative meaningful choices in interactive experiences.

In Conversation with… Moira Buffini

Harlots and The Dig writer Moira Buffini was in conversation with The Art of Screen Adaptation author Alistair Owen in this Zoom session in partnership with Creative Essentials. It took place on Wednesday 5 February 2021.

In Conversation with… Russell T Davies

This took place on Thursday 28 January 2021 and saw the WGGB member, award-winning screenwriter and producer interviewed by WGGB Radio Chair Nicholas McInerny. Davies spoke about Doctor Who, bringing gay comedy into the mainstream and his new Channel 4 series It’s A Sin.

Pandemic power – finding your audiences online

Led by WGGB Yorkshire rep David Allison the event featured special guests from the region and took place on Thursday 21 January 2021.

In conversation with… Amanda Coe

The event took place on 17 December 2020 and saw former WGGB President Olivia Hetreed talk to screenwriter Amanda Coe about adapting Rumer Godden’s 1939 novel Black Narcissus for a new BBC mini series.

Can you make a living writing children’s TV?

This event took place on 10 December 2020 and featured WGGB TV Chair Emma Reeves, WGGB Treasurer Gail Renard and guests.

In conversation with… Daniel Ward

This event, which took place on 4 December 2020, saw WGGB President Sandi Toksvig OBE in conversation with George Devine Prize and Writers’ Guild Award-winning playwright Daniel Ward.

Blow the Bloody Doors Off! Breaking down the barriers for disabled writers

Hosted by WGGB member Jack Thorne the event took place on Friday 27 November to mark UK Disability History Month. 

Showrunning in the UK

The event took place on Thursday 12 November 2020. It saw the launch of our new best-practice guidance for showrunners and those who work with them and featured Simon Beaufoy, Emilia di Girolamo and Sophie Petzal.

The Art of Screen Adaptation

The event took place on Thursday 29 October 2020 and saw author Alistair Owen in conversation with former WGGB President Olivia Hetreed.

Can you make a living writing comedy?

The event took place on Thursday 15 October 2020 and featured speakers Dave Cohen, Bennett Arron, Emily Allen and Hannah George

Black talent discuss getting your show on

To mark Black History Month, and as part of our Equality Writes campaign, we held this event on Wednesday 7 October 2020. It was chaired by writer and founder of Fresh Voices UK Carol Russell. Panellists were Nadine Marsh-Edwards, Anna Ssemuyaba and Avril E. Russell.

Protecting your work: from pitching to production

The event on 23 July 2020 featured a discussion between WGGB Chair Lisa Holdsworth, media lawyer and writer Robert Taylor and WGGB caseworker John Sailing on how writers can protect themselves and their work, what to look out for in contracts and how copyright works.

Videogames writing festival

A week-long festival of online videogames writing events, featuring a stellar list of speakers from the games world and covering subjects including getting started in games writing, narrative design, and the art and craft of creating narrative settings, societies and scenarios for games. View videos here.

Why Writers Need Unions

The series kicked off in June 2020 with this event hosted by WGGB President Sandi Toksvig OBE and WGGB Chair Lisa Holdsworth.

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