Online Workshop Series: Full Session Schedule

Online Workshop Series
WGSA Online Workshop Series
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We would love for you to join in on one or more of our online workshops.
Mastering Screenplay Format

Time: 16h00 – 18h00
Speaker: Vicki Bawcombe
About the session
Take your formatting to the next level by revisiting some basic principles of film language on the page and troubleshooting some tricky technical challenges
About Vicki
Vicki Bawcombe AKA Scriptwitch is a screenwriter, teacher, and writing facilitator based in Cape Town, where she lectures in the Film Department at CityVarsity. She’s been writing professionally for theatre, film, TV and the world of commerce for 3 decades, and is only just beginning to feel she understands some of the basic principles of the craft of writing for performance media! Nevertheless, teaching posts over the years at UCT, AFDA, and CPUT among others give her the nerve to offer these sessions to fellow writers. Vicki is on the WGSA council.
Writing as a business. Accountability is important!
Date: 17 June 2020
Time: 11h00 – 12h00
Speaker: Anil Polton
About the Session
I have spent most of my working life in corporate environments or factory settings and about a year ago decided to take writing seriously, though I have been writing part-time for a while. I suppose you don’t forget the numbers part because that is what is drilled into you in that environment. You measure by numbers, not by passion and not by a lick of the thumb. What I want to show how you can set up a writers workshop and how you can set up a system to be accountable for the work that you do, that is, a way to measure your progress
About Anil
Anil Polton has written four screenplays, one of which was in the final of WGSA Muse awards 2019, and three were placed in the semi-finals. He has also (almost) completed the WGSA Train the Trainer course. I just like writing and improving in the art of writing when I am not talking about writing or thinking about writing. Being a writer, he believes is about discipline and productivity and they must work together with the art in order to make it a success. It is a game of persistence and that persistence must be measured too.
Mythic storytelling – elevate your story to the next level
PART 1 – The Power of Myth
Date: 20 June 2020
Time: 14h00 – 15h00
Speaker: Vicki Bawcombe
About the Session
Let’s examine the power of enduring stories and apply these principles to your project. The work of mythologists such as Joseph Campbell unlocks narrative patterns and character functions that are must-haves for every writer’s toolkit. Part 1 looks at what “mythic” storytelling is and why you need it.
About Vicki
Vicki Bawcombe AKA Scriptwitch is a screenwriter, teacher, and writing facilitator based in Cape Town, where she lectures in the Film Department at CityVarsity. She’s been writing professionally for theatre, film, TV and the world of commerce for 3 decades, and is only just beginning to feel she understands some of the basic principles of the craft of writing for performance media! Nevertheless, teaching posts over the years at UCT, AFDA, and CPUT among others give her the nerve to offer these sessions to fellow writers. Vicki is on the WGSA council.
Some of the best screenwriting global resources for screenwriters
“THE WHERE & HOW OF HOLLYWOOD RESOURCES”
Date: 20 June 2020
Time: 15h30 – 16h30
Speaker: Eve Hayes
About the Session
The screenwriting landscape can be very daunting when starting out, and probably even more so the further one goes down the rabbit hole. Frog leap a few steps forward by knowing who some of the best resources in Hollywood are and how to access them.
About Eve
Eve Hayes Is a screenwriter living in Cape Town. She is a true believer that knowledge and relationships are everything in this industry – and of course creativity and skill on the page. She started her screenwriting career in 2017, and has subsequently developed an exclusive networking opportunity for screenwriters, with mentors from Hollywood – “Screenwriters Safari”. She is navigating her way through the industry quagmire by understanding, networking and getting placements locally and in Hollywood script contests.
Mythic storytelling – elevate your story to the next level
PART 2 – The Hero’s Journey
Date: 21 June 2020
Time: 14h00 – 15h00
Speaker: Vicki Bawcombe
About the Session
The Hero’s Journey is identified as a set of stages and archetypes that give muscle to your storytelling. In Part 2 we examine Christopher Vogler’s version of the hero’s Journey and apply it to various genres and formats.
About Vicki
Vicki Bawcombe AKA Scriptwitch is a screenwriter, teacher, and writing facilitator based in Cape Town, where she lectures in the Film Department at CityVarsity. She’s been writing professionally for theatre, film, TV and the world of commerce for 3 decades, and is only just beginning to feel she understands some of the basic principles of the craft of writing for performance media! Nevertheless, teaching posts over the years at UCT, AFDA, and CPUT among others give her the nerve to offer these sessions to fellow writers. Vicki is on the WGSA council.
Mythic storytelling – elevate your story to the next level
PART 3 – The Virgin’s Promise
Date: 23 June 2020
Time: 19h00 – 20h00
Speaker: Vicki Bawcombe
About the Session
Kim Hudson’s mythic paradigm called the Virgin’s Promise is a character process rather than a journey and is suited to stories of personal growth and individuation. In Part 3 we’ll examine the stages and archetypes she proposes.
About Vicki
Vicki Bawcombe AKA Scriptwitch is a screenwriter, teacher, and writing facilitator based in Cape Town, where she lectures in the Film Department at CityVarsity. She’s been writing professionally for theatre, film, TV and the world of commerce for 3 decades, and is only just beginning to feel she understands some of the basic principles of the craft of writing for performance media! Nevertheless, teaching posts over the years at UCT, AFDA, and CPUT among others give her the nerve to offer these sessions to fellow writers. Vicki is on the WGSA council.
Introducing a Character.
Date: 27 June 2020
Time: 11h00 – 12h00
Speaker: Richard Nosworthy
About the Session
The opening sequence and the introduction of lead characters are inextricably entwined in quality screenplays, and it is worth examining Oscar-nominated screenplays in detail to see how those at the top of their game do it.
About Richard
Founder of The Scribe Writers Room, Richard is a multi award winning Producer-Writer-Director with well over 1 000 hours of programming for both South African and International broadcast television. His experience in genre is as wide and varied as the diverse styles he uses across his body of work which includes projects in television, feature films, documentaries, and the theatre.
Meta-Story
Date: 30 June 2020
Time: 16h00 – 17h30
Speaker: Gavin Sher
About the Session
A discussion group delving deep into the mysteries of story. Topics include: Story as a blue-print for our relationship to reality; learning from fiction; designing stories that shift consciousness; the relationship between our ability as storytellers and our personal journeys through life; transcending our storytelling limitations through personal development; the mystery and magic of archetypes.
About Gavin
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Gavin Sher M.A. (40) is a well-rounded filmmaker and entrepreneur, who has specialized in screenwriting and story development since 2012.
He has a wide-ranging background and a hunger for knowledge that has yielded experience, insight, and understanding into most aspects of life. Gavin thoroughly enjoys positive collaboration and before specializing in screenplay, he worked in many different roles in the South African film industry, from performance to producing and much in between, in order to learn the business and the craft from as many angles as possible.
A full member of the Writer’s Guild Of South Africa, Gavin has worked as a head-writer and editor on television series for local broadcasters, including SABC and E-TV.
Gavin also serves as a script editor for South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation and he is often invited to sit on the NFVF panel that assigns national funding for the development and production of feature films and television in SA.
In his own capacity, Gavin is now an award-winning writer who has written and assisted in the development of a number of independent feature films and television series.
Types of Characters – How we define them.
Date: 04 July 2020
Time: 11h00 – 12h00
Speaker: Richard Nosworthy
About the Session
There are some short cuts worth looking at when designing characters if you know how to use and massage the theory to enhance (instead of undermining) your story.
About Richard
Founder of The Scribe Writers Room, Richard is a multi award winning Producer-Writer-Director with well over 1 000 hours of programming for both South African and International broadcast television. His experience in genre is as wide and varied as the diverse styles he uses across his body of work which includes projects in television, feature films, documentaries, and the theatre.
Meta-Story
Date: 14 July 2020
Time: 16h00 – 17h30
Speaker: Gavin Sher
About the session
A discussion group delving deep into the mysteries of story. Topics include: Story as a blue-print for our relationship to reality; learning from fiction; designing stories that shift consciousness; the relationship between our ability as storytellers and our personal journeys through life; transcending our storytelling limitations through personal development; the mystery and magic of archetypes.
About Gavin
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Gavin Sher M.A. (40) is a well-rounded filmmaker and entrepreneur, who has specialized in screenwriting and story development since 2012.
He has a wide-ranging background and a hunger for knowledge that has yielded experience, insight, and understanding into most aspects of life. Gavin thoroughly enjoys positive collaboration and before specializing in screenplay, he worked in many different roles in the South African film industry, from performance to producing and much in between, in order to learn the business and the craft from as many angles as possible.
A full member of the Writer’s Guild Of South Africa, Gavin has worked as a head-writer and editor on television series for local broadcasters, including SABC and E-TV. -Gavin also serves as a script editor for South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation and he is often invited to sit on the NFVF panel that assigns national funding for the development and production of feature films and television in SA.
In his own capacity, Gavin is now an award-winning writer who has written and assisted in the development of a number of independent feature films and television series.
Some of the best screenwriting global resources for screenwriters
“THE WHERE & HOW OF HOLLYWOOD RESOURCES”
Date: 11 July 2020
Time: 16h00 – 17h00
Speaker: Eve Hayes
About the Session
The screenwriting landscape can be very daunting when starting out, and probably even more so the further one goes down the rabbit hole. Frog leap a few steps forward by knowing who some of the best resources in Hollywood are and how to access them.
About Eve
Eve Hayes Is a screenwriter living in Cape Town. She is a true believer that knowledge and relationships are everything in this industry – and of course creativity and skill on the page. She started her screenwriting career in 2017, and has subsequently developed an exclusive networking opportunity for screenwriters, with mentors from Hollywood – “Screenwriters Safari”. She is navigating her way through the industry quagmire by understanding, networking and getting placements locally and in Hollywood script contests.
Production skills for scriptwriters in the era of Covid
Date: 14 July 2020
Time: 16h00 – 18h00
Speaker: Cati Weinek
About the Session
This is a full I m m e r s i o n into the industry and an opportunity for an interactive session with an award-winning film producer where story ideas can be pitched and developed while building your understanding of production and distribution in an industry where the status quo is up for grabs.
About Cati
Producer of popular, prize-winning film and television content, Cati understands how to use budgets for the ultimate purpose of making beautiful content that resonates with audiences with an eye for a return on investment
Production skills for scriptwriters in the era of Covid
Date: 17 July 2020
Time: 16h00 – 18h00
Speaker: Cati Weinek
About the Session
This is a full I m m e r s i o n into the industry and an opportunity for an interactive session with an award-winning film producer where story ideas can be pitched and developed while building your understanding of production and distribution in an industry where the status quo is up for grabs.
About Cati
Producer of popular, prize-winning film and television content, Cati understands how to use budgets for the ultimate purpose of making beautiful content that resonates with audiences with an eye for a return on investment
Some of the best screenwriting global resources for screenwriters
“THE WHERE & HOW OF HOLLYWOOD RESOURCES”
Date: 18 July 2020
Time: 16h00 – 17h00
Speaker: Eve Hayes
About the Session
The screenwriting landscape can be very daunting when starting out, and probably even more so the further one goes down the rabbit hole. Frog leap a few steps forward by knowing who some of the best resources in Hollywood are and how to access them.
About Eve
Eve Hayes Is a screenwriter living in Cape Town. She is a true believer that knowledge and relationships are everything in this industry – and of course creativity and skill on the page. She started her screenwriting career in 2017, and has subsequently developed an exclusive networking opportunity for screenwriters, with mentors from Hollywood – “Screenwriters Safari”. She is navigating her way through the industry quagmire by understanding, networking, and getting placements locally and in Hollywood script contests.
Genre and the World of your Screenplay.
Date: 20 July 2020
Time: 11h00 – 12h00
Speaker: Richard Nosworthy
About the Session
Genre is your biggest selling point. Make certain that you use it well and are able to deliver on what you promise.
About Richard
Founder of The Scribe Writers Room, Richard is a multi award winning Producer-Writer-Director with well over 1 000 hours of programming for both South African and International broadcast television. His experience in genre is as wide and varied as the diverse styles he uses across his body of work which includes projects in television, feature films, documentaries, and the theatre
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