It’s been a strange few years, but there has been a lot of work going on at Screenwriter’s Forum, a longstanding industry body which we have been administering, delivering and marketing since 2015. When the pandemic hit, we had to change how we deliver our in-person sessions to transition them into virtual sessions.
Before the pandemic, the Forum typically held in-person sessions at Birmingham City University every month. These sessions provided writers with personalised guidance and support with their writing journeys, however, the pandemic meant that this couldn’t continue at any in-person venue.
We made adjustments to enable the organisation to host these as virtual sessions. After analysing the market and courses available online, we decided to run Screenwriters’ Forum’s popular annual “Introduction To Professional Screenwriting” course through live video conferencing calls on Zoom.
The new online sessions were successful, as each workshop enabled the writers to engage and interact with each other and our course tutor, who provided them with live mentoring on their screenplays and the course content.
The workshops benefited writers because they were able to interact and socialise in the sessions while unable to do so in person, which has not only benefited their work but also consciously provided mental health support, compared to other courses online, where all the material is pre-recorded and don’t offer live feedback on scripts.
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