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Online Course - Writing For Stage and Screen 2021

Location: via Zoom
Course dates:
Sundays from 17 January – 28 March 2021, 2-5pm (half term break Sunday 21 February)

About The Course 

Suitable for beginners and the more experienced alike, and for all genres of drama. This weekly course of three-hour online workshops runs for 10 weeks, with a break in the middle for writing, which coincides with half term.

The first five weeks will address the principles of drama writing, with reference to existing scripts, but what makes this course unique are the remaining sessions, when excerpts of participants' own work will be brought to life by actors; not only will attendees hear their dialogue transitioning off the page, they’ll also gain valuable feedback from actors at Drama Studio London, who will disclose what they need from the writer in order to portray authentic, 3-D characters.

We’ll cover everything from initial concept - why some ideas work and others don’t - to the specific technicalities of scriptwriting, encompassing structure, the development of plot and subplots, choice of characters, and the creation of memorable, idiosyncratic dialogue.

About The Course Leader


diane messiasDiane says; "This unique short course not only teaches the nuts and bolts of drama writing, but also employs actors to perform participants' individual work; this offers indispensable information on how the writing sounds off the page, and crucially, feedback on the type of dialogue actors require to create realistic characters."

Starting out as a music director in fringe theatre for the satirical show Newsrevue in West London, Diane subsequently became the show's script editor and one of its regular directors, working on multiple runs in London and Edinburgh over a period of five years.

Diane spent another five years as a BBC Comedy Producer & Director (One Foot In The Grave, The News Quiz), where she worked with many of the country's top names in the industry, including Alistair McGowan, Rory Bremner, Harry Hill, Ian Hislop, Paul Merton, Richard Wilson, Alan Coren, Willie Rushton, Andrew Sachs, and Barry Took. Leaving to freelance in both comedy and drama for every conceivable medium, she also worked as a performer, and broadcaster. She has written two stage plays - S.C.U.K. and Readers Wives - and lived in Nice for a couple of years, where she worked as a creative copywriter and features journalist. She also has a degree in Politics.

As a writer, Diane is renowned for her stylishly witty and sharp material; as a teacher, she is well-known for being able to hone in instantly on problems, possessing an equally swift ability to offer practical solutions.

Diane lectures at Goldsmiths (scriptwriting and practical theatre-making), in addition to teaching at various well-known drama and film schools in London and Brighton. She is a member of The Writers Guild of Great Britain.

Read our short interview with Diane on our blog.


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