Create Your Own Soap Opera: Workshop for Young People

Date: 01/08/2016 Times: 10.30am – 5pm Prices: £100 Location: Writers' Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall

Sign up for our soap opera workshop where you will work creatively and collaboratively to produce your own soap opera. Writing does not get any more exciting and challenging.

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1-5 August 2016, 10.30am – 5.00pm, WCN Dragon Hall, £100

Do you have a passion for high drama and hard hitting storytelling? Are you looking to push your imagination to its limits? 

Sign up for our soap opera workshop where you will work creatively and collaboratively to produce your own soap opera. Writing does not get any more exciting and challenging.

This five day intensive workshop designed for 14-18 year olds is led by former EastEnder script writer Lilie Ferrari. Working in groups under industry conditions, participants will learn everything from responding to a brief, structuring your story episode-by-episode, creating colourful characters, cliffhangers, production issues and perfecting your pitch to the industry. 

On day five, the groups will have the chance to present their ideas to a panel of industry experts from the BBC, Channel 4, Writers’ Centre Norwich and write2screen.

The Summer School can also be used as the basis for achieving a Bronze Arts Award - Arts Award Advisors are on hand to supervise. 

Come away with your very own Soap Bible and a fresh perspective on what makes the building blocks of a great story. 

Lunch is not provided – please bring this with you.

The final hour of each day (4-5pm) is reserved for independent study within your groups.

Booking closes Friday 29 July 2016. Very limited places available.

A small number of subsidised places are available on a needs basis only. Please contact Sophie Scott-Brown, Participation & Learning Manager, on or call 01603 877177 to discuss.

The tutor

Lilie Ferrari has written scripts for many popular television series and serials, including Casualty, Holby, EastEnders, Peak Practice, Dangerfield, and has been a script consultant/story adviser on Playing the Field, EastEnders, Finnish soap opera Kottikatu and French soap opera Bellerive. She was a script editor in the BBC Drama Department for three years, and before that she was Television Projects Officer at the British Film Institute. She has published various works relating to the study of television, including Brookside Close Up (University of StrathClyde), Wham!Wrapping: Teaching the Music Industry (BFI Education Department), and has contributed to The Women’s Companion to International Film (Virago), Parents Talking Television (Comedia) and Film (St. James Press), as well as journalism for The Guardian, New Socialist, Everywoman and Primetime. She has taught at University level and has published four popular women’s fiction novels. Website

Industry experts

Christabelle Dilks is a Screenwriter, Script Editor and Consultant. She worked at Channel 4 during a particularly rich period for drama and was part of the small team commissioning original serials and single dramas from Queer as Folk to Shockers. She worked on several major adaptations, both from novels and real life accounts, such as Longitude, Shackleton and Sword of Honour.

At the BBC she storylined adaptations of the first series of the Inspector Lynley Mysteries, and later, storylined and script edited dramas adapted from accounts of historical events: Krakatoa, Lusitania, Suez, Chernobyl, Rome, and most recently, a feature film script adapted from the novel Salt. She has also written two feature scripts. She is also currently a mentor on write2screen’s Script Hot House programme funded by Creative England.

Chris Gribble is the Chief Executive of Writers’ Centre Norwich. After completing a PhD in German Poetry and Philosophy at the University of Manchester, Chris worked in publishing then the cultural sector and was the Director of Manchester Poetry Festival and then Manchester Literature Festival. He is on the Board of Directors of ICORN (the International Cities of Refuge Network), is Co-Chair of the National Association for Literature Development, sits of the Advisory Group for Manchester University’s Centre for New Writing and the Editorial Board of Jon McGregor’s new journal 'The Letters Page'.

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