Got a great idea? So why is it not a screenplay yet?

If you have great ideas but consistently procrastinate or get stuck before you even get it on the page, this intensive, highly practical and immediately useful workshop with Hollywood screenwriting teacher Pilar Alessandra will transform both your ideas and your writing process.


When: March 18th and 19th (Sat / Sun) 2017

Where: Regents University, Regents Park, London

How Much: £159

‘An excellent workshop. Insightful, inspiring and jam packed with useful tools and information’
Janet Awe, Screenwriter

What happens over the two days?

'My workshop is about writing, so expect to do some work! There are three stages we will work through, brainstorming the story you want to tell, then outlining that idea (without writing a novel!), and finally getting your story out of your head and on the page quickly, efficiently, and creatively.'

Pilar Alessandra

‘Just bloody brilliant’
Mary Evans, Screenwriter

The Six Rapid Steps To YOUR First Draft... Here's how it works...

You kick around your idea with Pilar, then get to work. Right away.


Right away? What if I am not ready to work? Think again. Pilar will share her techniques then give you 10 minutes. And you just do it. You don't talk.  You don't analyze... 


You write!

BRAINSTORMING: First, you'll  break story.  Think you don't have a feature or TV idea?  Pilar has three different techniques to help you discover it.


OUTLINING: Then you'll write the outline.  But outlines should be 25 pages, right?  Wrong.  Dead wrong. Prepare to have all the major beats worked out in a day.

SCENE INVENTING: Next, you'll take those story beats and flesh them out, using your characters as a guide.  Need scenes?  In-class character work will help you discover scene activity!

PAGE WRITING: By day two you're "roughing it out" with a speed draft.  The goal is to finish.  You'll make it pretty later.

DIALOGUE: And don't forget the dialogue. We'll talk about dialogue that does more than just serve the scene. We'll focus on dialogue that makes people want to hire you.


POLISHING: And by the end of the two days? Pat yourself on the back! You will have found your story, characters and even discovered your writing voice. That's right: You've started writing your script. And you're going to finish it.


Feedback From The Last Pilar Course... from 200 delegates...

Delegates gave us an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5

99% agreed that the course was value for money

99% would recommend to a friend

Saturday Night Networking

We will be holding networking drinks on the evening of Saturday the 18th March. This is an excellent chance to make a pile of powerful new contacts that can help move your project to the next stage. Remember, at the heart of all our events is our community and networking. So dive in, ask for help and offer you help too. Everyone has a unique set of skills, resources and contacts – and these events help connect that talent and resources.

‘Absolutely inspiring and stimulating!’
Giordano Trischitta, Screenwriter

My Pledge To You

If your screenwriting is not taken to a whole new level during the workshop, I will give you a full refund on the spot. Remember, as an organization, we are in the trenches right beside you. We have made films, we are making films and we connect with hundreds of experienced filmmakers through the London Screenwriters' Festival. 


Chris Jones // Creative Director