So, *that* course I've been banging on about, How To Be A Great Script Reader, was held this weekend just past. Chris Jones was hosting it at Ealing Studios and I had a small but perfectly formed group.
This was a course not for wannabe professional script readers, but WRITERS wanting an insight into how readers may view their work, so they might be able to recognise problem issues in theirs and their peers work BEFORE submission. We looked at the more cliched and problematic areas of the spec pile that crop up again and again, as well as what a writer's "voice" means, what makes a great character and how screen agencies work; we also covered peer review and how to avoid conflict. In the afternoon session we put our new insights to the test by looking at each others' one page pitch docs and just the FIRST page of our screenplays - and why so many first pages just don't pass muster, never mind the first ten pages!
And I had a great time: the day just FLEW by. The participants made some great contributions and were really switched on, it was a pleasure to work with them.
But don't just take MY word for it -- check out photos from the day, Chris' account and participants' feedback here.
N.B. Interested in a future course? Details on the right hand side bar of this blog, under "TRAINING FROM BANG2WRITE".