Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Script newsletter

I would like to wish all my followers a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year

Here is the latest Script newsletter for you all to peruse:

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December 2014
Theory of Everything
Letter from the Editor
Jeanne Veillette Bowerman
Online Editor

Happy New Year from our family of contributors! To help you make 2015 a game-changing year, we have some old and new articles on New Year's resolutions and goal setting as well as a collection of new posts. Check out our full list of contributors and follow them on Twitter too.

As always, The Writers Store has new monthly sales not to be missed. Bookmark the link to keep track of the latest deals.

Now get reading and get writing!

Jeanne Bowerman
ScriptMag Editor

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Breaking In: 10 New Year's Resolutions for Screenwriters
New Year's Resolutions for Screenwriters? Here are our top 10, easy-to-keep 2015 New Year's resolutions-- tailor-made for screenwriters!
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Set Smarter Writing Goals
Writing coach Jenna Avery discusses the SMART technique of setting new writing goals you can actually achieve in the New Year.
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Balls of Steel: Getting Real with Your Writing Goals
Whenever you set writing goals, ask yourself what you want out of achieving that goal. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman shares lessons learned when striving toward a goal.
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Breaking & Entering: Partners in Crime - Engaging Audiences
Turning your reader into your "partner in crime" means successfully engaging audiences. This screenwriting caper can lead to a very big payoff!
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Selling Your Screenplay: Matt Creed, Writer / Director, Talks About His New Feature Film Lily
Ashley Scott Meyers talks with writer / director Matt Creed about his new independent film Lily. Lily is a subtle, nuanced characters study about a woman who is on the verge of completing her cancer treatments. Lily offers a lot of great lessons to writers who are thinking about writing art-house type films.
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Get FREE Download with 16 Tips for Beating Writer's Block from Writing Coach Jenna Avery
What causes writer's block? We show you 5 causes of writer's block and offer Jenna Avery's 16 tips for beating it! Get those words on the page with our free download!
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You Are Four Questions From Your Perfect Structure!

Structure is the kind of element that makes or breaks a screenplay. If you are struggling with structure, you need the four magic questions. This four question technique will help you to intuitively determine the perfect structure for your script without allowing it to become formulaic. This technique is perfect for new screenwriters and seasoned pros alike. .


Screenwriters University:
Classes are through an online platform that you can access anytime. There are weekly assignments to keep up with, but for the most part, you can follow at your own pace.
Screenwriting Webinars
This webinar includes both access to the live webinar where you may interact with the presenter and the recorded, on-demand edition for your video library. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation.
Theory of Everything
A Writer's Voice: Guardians of The Galaxy - It’s a Metaphor!
Theme and metaphor, he difference between what James Gunn is doing in his script and what a lesser writer would be doing in their script is very small.
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Legally Speaking, It Depends – Playwrights & Playwriting - Act II
Christopher Schiller looks into some of the aspects that vary considerably from theatre's counterparts in the film and TV worlds.
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Learn How to Double Your Odds of Success with our FREE Download: Script to Novel Writing Tips!
Why only get part of the benefit of your script? Don't just stop there, adapt it to a novel for even more reach with these script to novel writing tips!
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Screenwriting Website of the Week: Film Reverie
Script Magazine celebrates Michael Bekemeyer and Brad Kingston’s site, Film Reverie. Check them out for entertaining podcasts and discussions on film.
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Writers on the Web: Hiring a Composer for a Web Series
Rebecca Norris interviews music composer Benjamin Roberts about what to look for when hiring a composer for a web series.
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Story Development and Outlining
In online lectures, supplemental readings, video clips, and written assignments and exercises, we’ll consider plot and character arcs and what makes them work; the scene as the essential, powerful unit of story; how a writer might use multiple genres in crafting story, and the degree to which one ought to push back against, rather than merely accepting, genre expectations; the difference between story and discourse and the function of each; and more. We’ll also reference—and occasionally take cues from—such seemingly disparate films as Jaws, Silence of the Lambs, 8 ½, Annie Hall, Inglorious Basterds, and Boogie Nights, among others.
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Behind the Lines with DR: The Three Ps
“Beware of the three Ps,” said my old man. “What’s that?” I asked, probably eight years old at the time. “Petty People with Power.”
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Learn How to Create Dynamic Characters Actors Want to Play With Our FREE Webinar!
To increase your odds of getting produced, you need to attract top talent who will put an audience in the seats. Creating characters that actors want to play is a must. In our FREE Creating Dynamic Characters Webinar, you’ll learn how to create and develop characters from screenwriter and Editor of Script Magazine, Jeanne Veillette Bowerman.
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Get Your FREE Screenwriting Downloads
As our gift to our loyal readers, ScriptMag is giving away FREE Screenwriting Downloads! Check back often, as we offer new ones each month.

The filmmaking industry has a certain expectation of not only how a script for a movie or TV show is written but also of how to market your script and yourself. In our FREE downloads, you’ll receive expert advice on how to create a logline, how to structure an outline, TV writing, and tips on how to move your plot forward using your character’s inner journey, and more!

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Monday, 29 December 2014

West Yorkshire Playhouse January productions

Here is the latest newsletter from the WYPH detailing upcoming events:

Box Office: 0113 213 7700


Beat the January Blues at West Yorkshire Playhouse
Beat those January blues with a visit to West Yorkshire Playhouse and make the most of your time with family and friends. With three fabulous four star classics to choose from, now is the time to join us for a theatrical experience to remember. With just a few performances of Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas left and many performances of Irving Berlin's White Christmas and Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach selling-out, now is the time to book.
'White Christmas is one show sure to warm the chilly winter nights ahead. And that'snow lie!'
★★★★ The Guardian  ★★★★ The Stage
★★★★★ The Public Reviews  ★★★★ WhatsOnStage
Theatrical Magic from White Christmas
'A truly innovative new version'
★★★★ The Stage
'A joyous and sumptuous piece of theatre'
★★★★★ The Public Reviews
Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Extended to 24 January 2015 
Tickets £33 – £12
Groups 10+ up to £6 off each ticket
Age 8+
The Bigger the Group the Better the Discount
When you book for 10 or more people receive up to £6 off each ticket, plus a free seat for the group organiser.
Groups of 10 or more can book tickets by calling 0113 213 7700 or emailing
James and the Giant Peach
By Roald Dahl
Adapted by David Wood
Now – 24 January 2015
Ticket £18 – £9
Age 6+
'...a magical delight for children and adults alike.'
★★★★ Yorkshire Post
'A succulent treat that is recommended to all' 
★★★★★   The Public Reviews  
Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas
Based on the book by Raymond Briggs
Adapted by Pins and Needles productions
Now – 3 January 2015
Tickets £12 – £10
Age 2 – 6
'A beautifully theatrical piece of work...'  
★★★★ Yorkshire Post 
'Raymond Briggs's illustrated story comes enchantingly to life…’ 
 ★★★★★ The Observer
New Season On Sale
Join us this Spring/Summer as we fill the Playhouse with classic stories and brand new titles. Click here to download the brochure for a flavour of what's to come.
All transaction fee of £1.75 will be applied to all internet and telephone bookings.