TUTOR: Ray has worked as a Production and Development Executive at Creative England on a slate of short films and features including Paris Zarcilla’s BIFA Best Short nominated ‘Pommel’. He was also an assessor and script editor on the iShorts, iShorts: Funny Girls, iFeatures and ShortFLIX schemes. He has script edited ‘Casualty’ for BBC1 and various projects in development for CBBC including the BAFTA nominated ‘Worst Witch’. At the BBC’s Writersroom he helped shortlist scripts for various competitions as well as recommending writers to the development team.
Ray is also an award-winning writer: the Meyer-Whitworth Award for ‘My Dad’s Corner Shop’ directed by Rufus Norris, the current artistic director of the National Theatre. He has worked in film, television, radio and theatre. He has developed projects with writers such as Jeremy Brock and producers including Robin Gutch at WarpX. He has created original one-off dramas for television as well as working on established series. He was also part of a team of writers who created a late-night series for Channel 4 and his Radio 4/World Service dramas were recorded in Mumbai with a cast of Bollywood stars.
As an educator, Ray has run writing workshops at the New Renaissance Film Festival, at the ShortFLIX event in Birmingham and for Creative England in Manchester, and has lectured in screenwriting at Regent’s University, Central Saint Martin’s, University of the Arts London, Bournemouth University and the London Film School.
DURATION: 4 weeks
Start Date: 28th January 2020
Introduction to Screenwriting
This online beginner’s screenwriting course is ideal for cineastes and telly-addicts who have long harboured fantasies of penning their own sweeping epic or six part series but don’t know where to start. With links to online resources, helpful examples, weekly exercises and tutor feedback, participants will gain an important working knowledge of the scriptwriting process.
Module 1: An introduction and how to start thinking like a visual storyteller. Learn from practising screenwriters and start to develop your own ideas.
Module 2: Genre and how best to exploit it to tell your story. Continue to develop your story as you learn to write a pitch document.
Module 3: Tackling the tricky issue of plot. Learn how to deconstruct your story so the audience are engaged from beginning to end and write your first treatment.
Module 4: Formatting and how to utilise it to tell your story. Learn the dos and don’ts of writing dialogue and the importance of brevity.
“The screenwriting course wih Ray Grewal greatly exceeded my expectations. It was very interactive with a requirement to produce work each week, with Ray giving weekly focused feedback on work submitted. Also, there was a wealth of information attached to the course.” Eimear
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Our next Online Screenwriting Course course starts on 28/01/2020
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