Thanks to Lucy at bang2write for her info on this writing initiative.
This course was a shot in the arm. It combined the support and infrastructure of an academic instituition with the realities of the Film Business. We had screenwriting seminars and industry pros to talk to. We also had the ability to shape the year's course ourselves and tailor it to the needs of the group. Most importantly, and I cannot stress this too highly, we got assigned to script editors, hence how I know Lucy. What a difference it makes to have an editor! It definitely raises your game. We got a lawyer in to talk about copyright, the lovely Malcolm Campbell came to tell us about his route into writing, agents to discuss...well, agents and most nerve-wrackingly, producers to pitch to. These were the calibre of people who, generally you wouldn't get past their secretaries. Strength in numbers, as they say. I'd be the first to admit that it was a steep learning curve and hard work but anything worthwhile always is. I'm applying for the new course too, and hope to see you there.