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IdeasTap Spa event on working with feedback for TV writers

These sessions, titled ‘Feedback’s A Gift‘, will provide a chance for TV writers to receive feedback on their work and examine the concept of feedback both giving and receiving and coping with rejection including common problems and anxieties.

The workshop will be running twice:  from 3-5pm on both 4 March 2014 and again on 11 March 2014.

Playwright, TV screenwriter and Creative Space member Jon Barton will be hosting this open to all session for IdeasTap writer members. Topics and exercises covered will include pitching, giving and receiving feedback, coping with rejection and discussing TV formats.

This session is part of the IdeasTap Inspires programme of spas that will be taking place throughout the UK in 2014/15. 

Cost: Free

How to book:  You can book a ticket through the event’s webpage (above) – be sure you’ve selected the correct date before you book!  (Note: You must have an IdeasTap profile to book.)

Source:  IdeasTap

Golden Lane Films seeking screenwriter for Big Picture short film project

Big Picture is a film and training opportunity for actors, composers, production designers, and writers. It involves creating a short film, from scratch, in just ONE week. It will all culminate in a screening at Rich Mix Cinema in Shoreditch in February 2014.

Golden Lane Films are taking part in Big Picture, and will race against the clock to create the short film. To be able to do this, they are looking for actors, composers, production designers, and writers to join the team.

GLF are looking to assemble a fearless team of collaborators – this challenge is not for the faint hearted. This is an ambitious project and GLF need artists who are confident enough to make bold decisions, while remaining flexible.

About the project:  Golden Lane Films needs a writer familiar with short film format, who is sensitive to the unique challenges this medium brings.

You will be presented with a set design, a cast, and 24 hours in which to complete a first draft for the short film. All members of the team will be mentored by an industry professional. As a writer, you will receive expert mentoring from an established production writer.

How to apply:  Applications can be made via the IdeasTap Brief.  (Note: you will need to create an IdeasTap profile in order to apply.)

To apply, you’ll need to send us two examples of your previous writing work (maximum 15 pages each). At least one of your samples must be written for screen. You should also send a CV which includes a short biog.

A short list of applicants will be invited to interview, and final selections will be made in January.

Terms and conditions:  Successful applicants MUST be available for the whole week of the project 9 to 16 February 2014, plus a company meeting the week before. Date TBC.

This challenge is generously supported by IdeasTap, Creative Space and working in partnership with the Roundhouse.

Deadline:  Friday 31 January 2014 at 5pm

Source:  IdeasTap

Creative competition on the theme of LOVE (£250 prize), IdeasTap Editors Brief

Ideastap has opened up its quarterly Editor’s Brief to submissions on the theme of LOVE.

The brief:  “You can’t buy it. It’s all you need. But where is it? And can you feel it tonight?  We’re talking, of course, about LOVE. From Shakespeare’s sonnets to the bromantic oeuvre of Seth Rogan and our five-day festival, IdeasTap Takeover – no other human emotion has inspired so much great art.   So with this season’s Editor’s Brief, we want you to bring some warmth to our stony hearts. Submit your creative work on the theme of word “love” – whether that’s writing, visual art/photography, audio or video. Have as much fun as you want with the theme – we’re looking for originality, talent and creativity.   As always, our quarterly Editor’s Brief is open to all ages and disciplines, and there are three categories for you to apply to.”

Categories and Prizes:  There will be a first (£250), second (£100) and third (£50) prize in EACH of the following categories:

1. Audio and video (no longer than two minutes)

2. Writing (no longer than 1,000 words)

3. Visual art/photographs (no more than two)

All first-prize winners will become part of their alumni group. Please note that you can only apply with one entry to one category.

How to apply:  Applications are made online via the IdeasTap brief.  (Note that you will need an IdeasTap Profile to be able to apply.)

Deadline:  Friday 7 March 2014 at 5pm

Source:  Arts Council e-newsletter

Scripts wanted for rehearsed readings at Rich Mix, IdeasTap

The IdeasTap Takeover is a five-day festival at London’s Rich Mix featuring some of the most exciting artists in the UK.  This opportunity is open to writers aged 16 and over.

There will be all sorts of creative delights on offer. There’ll be double bills of original theatre, screenings of curated short films, scratch events, live performances and creative workshops, and much more besides.

With this in mind, they are looking for writers who would like to have a rehearsed reading of their work in front of an industry audience at Rich Mix in east London. If you have a script in the development phase and you want to try it out on an interested and supportive audience then this is your chance.

What you get:  They’ll be recruiting a pool of paid actors for you to work with, and, if you’d like, we’ll also be able to offer some rehearsal space in their offices on Bermondsey Street.  All actors and writers will be paid £50 each.

How to apply:  Submissions can be made via the IdeasTap brief.  (Note: you must create a profile on the site before you will be able to apply.)

Deadline:  17 December 2013 at 5pm

Source:  Arts Council e-newsletter

Undeb Theatre seeking Summer Festivals Script Submission

Undeb Theatre is offering IdeasTap members the opportunity to pitch a script idea for its festival in 2014.

What to submit:  To apply, you should prepare a script treatment of no more than 1,000 words.  Script ideas must adhere to the following rules:

  • There must only be two characters
  • The characters must be Welsh
  • The characters must be aged 16 to 25
  • There can only be one prop
  • The play must be written in English

How to apply:  Applications are made through the Ideastap Brief.  (Note that you will need to create an Ideastap Profile in order to apply.)

What you get:  The winner will work with Undeb Theatre to develop their idea into a script to be performed at up to eight arts and music festivals between June and September 2014. The deadline for the final script will be 30 April 2014.  Festivals are likely to include Latitude, Bestival, Wilderness and Secret Garden Party.

In the run up to summer the winning member will work closely with Undeb’s artistic director, producers and resident writer to bring the show to life. The winning member will receive a commission fee of £150 – £500 at the start of the project and a further £350 once the final script is delivered, as well as two tickets to each of the festivals the show plays at.

Deadline:  Monday 6 January 2014 at 5pm

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Ideastap Workshop – Introduction to Short Film Screenwriting

Through the workshop Introduction to Short Film Screenwriting, 20 IdeasTap members will have the chance to attend two screenwriting workshops designed to take you through the mechanics of short film scriptwriting. The workshops will be held in London on 20 and 27 November 2013 from 6pm to 8pm. They will be led by Sheena Bucktowonsing (Soho Theatre Writers’ Centre, Script Factory, Kindle Entertainment).

First, Sheena will strip back the process and look in detail at how you turn your idea for a short film into a satisfying story. She’ll go through basic narrative structure and make sure that you have all the building blocks of a great short film. Then Sheena will tackle the details of genre, tone and style. You’ll look at how to set up the world and the characters of your story quickly and effectively, and how to use visual metaphor and motif to ensure you make the most of this visual medium, as well as some tips on how to present and package your script.

These sessions are for writers that want to write a short film script for the first time. You might have experience in writing other forms but have never had a short film script produced. The sessions will be practical and involve writers developing their ideas from one session to the next.

How to apply:  You will need to apply through your Ideastap profile.  You can access the event page to follow the brief and submit your application: http://www.ideastap.com/Opportunities/Brief/Introduction-to-Short-Film-Screenwriting-111113#Overview

Deadline:  11 November 2013 at 5pm

Source:  Ideastap

Free Tax Talk for Freelancers (Ideastap Spa)

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If you’ve started making some money from your writing and have no idea how to handle your tax responsibilities, here’s an opportunity for some free advice.  Ideastap will be running a Spa Event titled ‘The Business: Tax Talk for Freelancers‘ with Bambridge accountants on Tuesday 24 September from 6.00-7.30pm.

Join creative industry financial advisors Bambridge Accountants for a session covering the basics of tax for the self-employed, breaking down the concepts, timelines, documents, numbers and requirements involved.

OneKX, 120 Cromer St
London WC1H 8BS
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Full Description: The event will cover:

  • Self-employed status: what work the HMRC defines as “self-employed” (and why)
  • Registering: getting setup and obtaining a Unique Tax Reference (UTR) number
  • Documentation: contracts, receipts, what to keep and why
  • National Insurance contributions: how it works and how to pay
  • Tax Returns: how to file and what you can reasonably claim
  • Saving & Paying: advice on paying the tax man when your employer doesn’t do it for you

This event open to all disciplines will be tailored for the creative industries. Bear in mind independent bespoke advice could likely be needed beyond this event, but bring your questions and general concerns on tax and finance to understand all those things you’ve been ignoring for months.

How to book:  Tickets can be booked for free through the event webpage here:


About the facilitators:  Bambridge Accountants LLP is an accounting, business consulting and tax advisory practice who specialise in the creative industrires, including actors, dancers, theatre, new media and US tax. It is a member firm of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Looking after the financial and fiscal needs of many clients, they focus relationships on trust, understanding and independence, through the provision of cost effective, timely and relevant advice.

Source:  Ideastap e-newsletter