I can hardly believe a year has passed since the first ever London Screenwriters Festival but here we are ALREADY and year two will be upon us in a few days. I’ll be back here, hijacking Chris Jones’ blog as I did last year, to update you about the seminars as screenwriters from all over come together to network and celebrate our craft and the many directions it takes us.
Coming back for year two makes me feel a bit like a school prefect, a bit more comfortable with the corridors, a lot more laid back about the layout and having gotten four short screenplays picked up by other directors since last years seminar a bit more confident about where my screenwriting is at right now, more feature screenplays at various stages and eager for more good advice to move myself forward and build on what I’ve got going on. After paddling in shallow waters last year and just take it all in, I’m wanting to experience more of the festival this year and most of all I’m looking forward to sharing space with other screenwriters both at the festival and virtually with the writers who follow it in the online networks. After all, there’s nothing quite like that sensation of being part of something that is larger than just being yourself sat in front of a computer!
So, having experienced last years festival what do I expect this year? Well, the truth is that you can never entirely know what to expect from the Screenwriters Festival, with such a variety of seminars, workshops, delegates, networking events and interaction the possibilities are endless, but one thing everyone can expect is to become part of a warm community of writers, which via the online network and the personal connections you make will remain with you throughout the coming year as a support and encouragement to your writing career.
The seminars are hosted and given by industry professionals at the top of their fields who truly care about the writing we see on our screens and who will share their own experience and expertise for the improvement of all. It’s a priceless and jam packed three days so whatever you decide to focus on when you go, the most important thing is that you engage with and experience as much of this amazing festival as you can, for yourself and as a delegate attending during the formative years of the festival you will help to shape it for the screenwriters to come. Tha’ts kind of cool isn’t it!
So what will I be doing? Well I’ll be one of a number of people sharing my own experience and live tweeting on the official #LondonSWF hashtag to engage with others both at and outside of the festival to give everyone a chance to participate. I’ll also be blogging about the seminars I attend in a little more detail each day on the London Screenwriters Festival Blog and here on Chris Jones’ blog and talking about some of the other festival buzz happening around me and the people attending. What’s more, I’ll be knocking around the corridors and networking rooms at the festival and will hopefully be a friendly face to engage with for anyone who’s a bit shy. Say hello if you see me or tweet me @momentsoffilm on twitter. I’m seriously excited about returning to the festival this year and looking forward to the surprises and solid advice for screenwriting and career building that the festival has to offer. Looking at the schedule and fabulous list of speakers and knowing a number of the delegates going along again this year, I recon there’s going to be plenty in store!