Thursday, September 02, 2010

London Screenwriters’ Festival discount for Guild members

The London Screenwriters’ Festival is offering members of the Writers' Guild a special discount of £75 off the regular festival ticket price of £299.

The London Screenwriters’ Festival is the new annual writers’ and filmmakers’ festival, focusing on the creation and development of material for film, TV, radio and online. Held in London over three days at the end of October (29, 30, 31), the festival offers a rich mix of events, seminars, lectures and workshops for 400 delegates.

With over 50 guest speakers representing the breadth of the film, TV, radio and online industries in 2010, the festival promises to deliver a dynamic experience that will improve the work and careers of all writers in attendance as well as developing a stronger and more sustainable industry for the future.

The venue for the 2010 festival is the grand and historic Regent’s College in the heart of Regent’s Park in Central London.

At the festival, film and TV industry heavyweights such as Tim Bevan and Gub Neal will be complemented by relative newcomers such as Dean Craig (‘Death At A Funeral’) and Stuart Hazeldine (Exam), as well as TV writer veterans like Tony Jordon ensuring that delegates receive insight and inspiration from both established and emerging talent.

To take advantage all members need to do is to go onto the Festival website and enter the discount code “Writersguild” and the ticket price will automatically reduce. Your membership status will then be verified by the Writers' Guild.


  1. But I already have my ticket with only a £37 discount.

    Still, I did get a MetFilm training course for free with the ticket so I suppose I shouldn't really complain.

  2. Unfathomable fees of £800 for a course mysteriously labelled Transmedia, a princely sum of £250 for a chat with guru Christopher Vogler and a similarly pricey fee for a London Screenwriters’ Festival which even declares to ‘improve the work and careers of all writers in attendance’
    I hate to be a cynic in this competitive industry not exactly renowned for its integrity, but the phrase ‘money for old rope’ comes to mind. It has to be asked, just when do writers, either established or honing their craft, finally reach the realisation that another must attend ‘event’ with guest speakers, replicating the same rhetoric, is a panel show one too many?
    Just maybe we’re being taken for a ride? I’d like to know how the LSF purports to make a difference to writers’ careers when even two year screenwriting and creative courses rarely make such promises and also rarely deliver the goods? Even the BBC Writersroom with all its resources and contacts can barely stretch to reading a submitted script within six months.
    Actual concrete jobs for TV screenwriters are as scarce as finding truffles in Regent’s Park but there’s no denying that if you want to make a living or a quick buck out of creative writing, then either arrange ten a penny ‘media seminars’ or start teaching.

  3. Anonymous10:39 pm

    Hear, hear, Jumping Shark! It's time all this B**l S**t was exposed.

  4. As far as I can see, a writers' conference is no different to any other trade conference.

    If you were a TV Producer, you might want to go to, for example, the TV Drama Forum (£497+VAT).

    If you were a nurse, you might think it a good idea to visit the RCN Annual International Nursing Research Conference (£419)

    Small Business Owner? What about the Institute for Small Business and Entrepeneurship Annual Conference? (£425)

    Now, these are just the first few other jobs that I thought of and googled.

    I think you're tilting at the wrong windmill here. Writers are no more or less delusional than any other businesspeople.

    You might argue that all conferences are a waste of time, and that no-one should go to them whatever the profession. If so, I think you're wrong, but fair enough.

    But suggesting that it's bullshit specifically designed to sucker stupid writers into handing over their money is, I think, incorrect.


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