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Write On – a series of free online events for writers

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.

Arts Council grants and how to get them

This member-only event took place on Thursday 29 July 2021.

Change of scene: how the pandemic has reshaped theatre

This event (22 July 2021) saw Suba Das (Artistic Director of HighTide Theatre) explore how the pandemic has forced theatre practitioners to innovate, leading to a flowering of new works and ventures. He was joined by playwright and screenwriter Vinay Patel (True BritsMurdered by My Father) and by playwright, screenwriter and Artistic Director of tiata fahodzi Chinonyerem Odimba (Unknown Rivers, Princess & The Hustler).

Competitions v cut-price commissions?

This event, which took place on 24 June 2021, explored how writers can tell the difference between genuine writing opportunities and those that should be offering standard industry pay and conditions. It also saw the launch of our new guidelines on this subject.

Christopher Hampton in conversation with Alistair Owen
This event, in partnership with Creative Essentials, took place on 16 June 2021 and saw acclaimed screenwriter and playwright Christopher Hampton in conversation with The Art of Screen Adaptation author Alistair Owen – who also interviewed him in Hampton on Hampton. View the video on our YouTube channel.

Contracts for collaborations

This member-only advice session on writing partnerships took place on 20 May 2021. The video of this event is available in our Members’ area.

Writers v podcasters – how can writers survive in a podcasting universe?

This event took place on 13 May 2021 and was hosted by WGGB Audio Chair Nicholas McInerny.

Second online festival of videogames writing

This took place on the week beginning 26 April 2021 and saw 13 speakers across five days. You can catch up with videos on the festival website page.

All you need to know about… musical theatre

This event, which took place on 22 April 2021, was 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.

In conversation with… Lucinda Coxon

Continuing our series of events with Creative Essentials, The Art of Screen Adaptation author Alistair Owen was in conversation with screenwriter Lucinda Coxon on 21 April 2021.

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.

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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