Career Advice

Becoming a screenwriter

Becoming a screenwriter

We’re in the Golden Age of TV drama right now and it’s a truly exciting time to be in the industry. So: how to become a screenwriter? Let us explain…

ATQ42: How should I revitalise an old show such as Star Trek?

ATQ42: How should I revitalise an old show such as Star Trek?

Submitting such a project to a standard TV production company or a literary agent could actually damage your career in the short term.

ATQ41: “What is the preferred amount of episodes for a TV serial?”

ATQ41: “What is the preferred amount of episodes for a TV serial?”

In the UK, apart from the long running dramas like Holby, Casualty, Emmerdale etc, we have always gone for shorter runs. Any number between 2 and 10 basically, and that number is often decided comparatively late in the process.

ATQ40: What’s the best way to get script feedback?

ATQ40: What’s the best way to get script feedback?

How do you like to give/receive feedback and notes on a script? Do you use questions, like Adrian Mead suggests: his ‘Power of 3’ idea? Are there certain things that can really help (or screw up) writers? Jonathan Young jyoungcreative.info Adrian’s Power of Three idea is pretty

ATQ39: Should I pitch a single drama or a series to a production company?

ATQ39: Should I pitch a single drama or a series to a production company?

Are TV production companies more likely to be interested in good pitches of single dramas or long-running series from brand new writers?

ATQ37: Is there a gap in the market?

ATQ37: Is there a gap in the market?

Is there a type of script that agents/readers crave for that they simply don’t see enough of? I feel that I’m writing in a vacuum. There is no point me writing scripts about, say, female gangsters or comedies set in Hull if they already have loads of

ATQ35: Should I be entering screenplay contests?

ATQ35: Should I be entering screenplay contests?

“Is it worth the time and money to enter script competitions?”

Pitching is the basic currency of industry events

Pitching is the basic currency of industry events

Much of the conversation at industry events is people pitching stories to each other.Everyone tells everyone about stories they are writing, developing, wanting to write, have just seen.Writers pitch to agents, agents pitch to development people, development people pitch to heads of department – the air is

ATQ32: Is it a good shortcut to adapt a classic novel as my spec script?

ATQ32: Is it a good shortcut to adapt a classic novel as my spec script?

I have been working on a TV adaptation of Richard Doddridge’s novel, Lorna Doone, on and off for several years. As an unknown writer, am I wasting my time? Rick Thomas Screenwriter, London Thanks for this question, Rick.I share your love for this book – I was

ATQ31: Do you need passion in a pitch?

ATQ31: Do you need passion in a pitch?

How much, if any, does an individual’s enthusiasm and confidence in their story make to a successful pitch? Harry Screenwriter I’ll be honest, and say that I’ve fallen in love with pitches from writers who, apart from the fact that their mouths have been moving, I’d have