We’re back on Zoom for this autumn’s first virtual session on Wednesday, 23 September.

To join the meeting, follow these four simple steps:

  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 directions on PayPal to contribute your £2 subs using your debit or credit card or PayPal account.
  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 the email isn’t in your inbox with the PayPal payment confirmation, check your spam and junk folders for it. If you still can’t find the message, get in touch using our ‘Email us’ form to let us know.
  4. The email includes the Zoom meeting ID and passcode. If you’re not sure how to use these to log in to the meeting, please follow our handy guide.

Wednesday, 23 September at 7.30pm on Zoom: The Muse by Mo McDonald

A reading of Mo’s stage play in which Marte has written a novel based on the abusive treatment she received from a famous TV arts presenter 40 years previously. When she visits TV producer Peter Sloane to discuss a possible adaptation of the book, she soon discovers that history can repeat itself.

Wednesday, 21 October at 7.30pm on Zoom: The Cray Method by Taylor Ayling

Our October online meeting features Taylor’s play about a prominent relationship therapist, who, on the verge of delivering a lecture on her breakthrough counselling method, has her entire outlook challenged by a lone client.

We’ll make the Zoom login details available in next month’s newsletter.


TV Crime and Mystery with a Horror Twist for Hummingbird Films

Hummingbird Films

Jayne Chard, award-winning producer with Bristol-based production company Hummingbird Films, is putting together a list of writers from the city with an interest in writing TV crime or mystery scripts with a horror twist.

If you’ve written in this genre, get in touch with Jayne via the Hummingbird Films contact page with a short biog detailing your scriptwriting experience. You should also have the first 15 pages of a crime, mystery or horror script you’ve written ready to back up your initial approach.

Contact Hummingbird Films


Scriptwriting with Mark Breckon takes to Zoom

Mark Breckon is offering a series of follow-up sessions to his long-running scriptwriting course on Zoom. This offers a:

‘…rolling course througout the year where the commitment is four or five sessions at a time. So you can book all nine sessions in advance (slightly cheaper) or just the first five and book the next four later if you wish.’

The programme is a chance to hear your work, with some exercises along the way, including work on character, structure and dialogue.

The next series of sessions starts on Wednesday, 14 October, continuing on 28 October, 11 and 25 November and 9 December. In the New Year, classes switch to Thursday, beginning on 14 and 28 January 2021, with the final two on 11 and 25 February. They all start at 7pm and end at 9pm.

Course fees are £89/£80 for all nine sessions if you book before 14 October, or you can split the series into two fees of £55/£50 for this autumn’s five sessions and £44/£40 for those in the New Year.

Mark will be at our meeting on 23 September, and you’ll have a chance to ask him about the course then. If ypu’re not Zooming with us on Wednesday, email Mark for more information using the following email link.

Email Mark