TUTOR: Ray Grewal is an award winning writer with broadcast credits on the BBC and Channel 4, BBC Radio and in theatre. He has worked with writers such as Jeremy Brock (on a cop show set in Soho) and producers including Michael Wearing (on a sequel to the 1999 cinema hit Human Traffic). He has created original one-off dramas as well as working on established series. He was also part of a team of writers who created a late night series for Channel 4 about a group of young offenders serving community service. Ray began his training as a screenwriter with an undergraduate degree in film-making in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. He passed with 1st Class Honours and a Commendation in Screenwriting. He went on to study both in the UK and abroad taking workshops at the BBC in writing sit-coms, writing for radio and writing for Casualty as well as securing a place on John Yorke’s Writer’s Academy: Series and Serials. He is a graduate of Robert McKee’s ‘Story Seminar’ and John Truby’s ‘Screenwriting Masterclass’. Ray continued his education into 2011 when he completed his MA in Writing for Performance at Goldsmith’s, University of London. Ray is currently a freelance writer, editor and reader and has worked for CBBC, the BBC’s Writersroom, BBC1 Drama, Creative England and several independent production companies. You can read more about Ray and his thoughts on screenwriting and storytelling on Script Play.
DURATION: 4 weeks
Introduction to Screenwriting
This online beginner’s screenwriting course is ideal for cineastes and telly-addicts who have long harboured fantasies of penning their own sweeping epic or six part series but don’t know where to start. With links to online resources, helpful examples, weekly exercises and tutor feedback, participants will gain an important working knowledge of the scriptwriting process.
Module 1: An introduction and how to start thinking like a visual storyteller. Learn from practising screenwriters and start to develop your own ideas.
Module 2: Genre and how best to exploit it to tell your story. Continue to develop your story as you learn to write a pitch document.
Module 3: Tackling the tricky issue of plot. Learn how to deconstruct your story so the audience are engaged from beginning to end and write your first treatment.
Module 4: Formatting and how to utilise it to tell your story. Learn the dos and don’ts of writing dialogue and the importance of brevity.
“The screenwriting course wih Ray Grewal greatly exceeded my expectations. It was very interactive with a requirement to produce work each week, with Ray giving weekly focused feedback on work submitted. Also, there was a wealth of information attached to the course.” Eimear
Our next Online Screenwriting Course course starts on 23/05/2017
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