New Year, new lockdown, but we’re back with a double dose of Zoom sessions to help you beat the January blues plus a troika of COVID-safe dates lined up for February and March.

Follow these four simple steps to join us:

  1. Tap or click the ‘I’m attending’ button in the meeting listing below. A panel headed ‘I’m attending on…’ will appear.
  2. In the ‘I’m attending on…’ panel, tap or click the PayPal logo and follow the instructions to contribute your £2 subs using your debit or credit card.
  3. When you’ve made your payment, check your email inbox for a message from Southwest Scriptwriters titled ‘Thank you for your subs payment.’ If you don’t find this email with PayPal’s payment confirmation and you’ve checked your spam and junk folders for it, please be sure to get in touch using our ‘Email us’ form to let us know it hasn’t arrived.
  4. The ‘Thank you for your subs payment’ email includes the Zoom meeting ID and password. If you’re unsure how to use these to log in to the meeting, follow our handy guide.

Wednesday, 13 January at 7.30pm on Zoom: Hellish by Abigail Martin

Abigail gets 2021 underway for us with an extract from her TV pilot in which 26-year-old Jonah Blake’s semi-peaceful life is disrupted by Scelus, a demon who has come to Earth in search of mortal souls.

Wednesday, 27 January 2021 at 7.30pm on Zoom: COVID-19: The Musical by Tom de Val

An excerpt of Tom’s topical musical in which Geoff, a bricky forced into unemployment during the early stages of the pandemic, struggles to overcome his selfish nature and ask for help from his widower neighbour Harry.

Wednesday, 10 February at 7.30pm on Zoom: The Blue Between

Our first February session features an extract from the first episode of Alex Randall’s co-written, five-part TV drama set during World War I: Diana is an idealist aiming to become the first female MP in an era when women didn’t even have the vote.

Wednesday, 24 February at 7.30pm on Zoom: Open Workshop

Use our ‘Book a workshop slot’ form to secure some time to air your script extract, idea or pitch.

Wednesday, 17 March at 7.30pm on Zoom: Open Workshop

Please do as above for March’s Zoom outing.


Take February’s Literal Challenge

28 Plays Later

The Literal Challenge is a social enterprise funded by donations that supports a growing, international community of writers by issuing regular writing challenges aimed at stimulating your creativity. It isn’t a competition or script submission opportunity, but a chance to be motivated to spend time each day over a given period working on new writing projects.

February’s 28 Plays Later challenge throws down the gauntlet to write a play a day in response to briefs from the organisation. If you send in a play a day (to prove you’ve met the challenge), you’re eligible for a share of a funding pot divided between the writers who have met the deadlines to complete all 28 plays. You can also choose to take the creative route and complete the workload at a more leisurely pace for the kudos of having achieved this output.

The Literal Challenge is registering participants for 28 Plays Later now.

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Collaborate with Cahootify

Cahootify is a free digital portfolio platform for filmmakers, producers and actors aimed at forging teams for production projects.

Create a profile to show off your scriptwriting and find others looking to collaborate on bringing ideas to life.

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