Never has there been greater demand for stories based on real events. On screen, on the stage, on radio and in publishing, the crossover between fact and fiction is increasingly relevant, and increasingly lucrative.
Are you interested in learning how to turn true stories – either contemporary or historical – into compelling drama or fiction? This one-day workshop focuses on the art of fact-to-fiction adaptation. How do you know what makes a good story for drama?
What are the tricks of crafting complex, sometimes unwieldy stories into satisfying fictional journeys?
How do you make historical stories resonate with modern audiences?
What are the ethical and legal implications of turning real people into fictional protagonists?
And how do you go about pitching these stories to commissioners, producers and publishers.
Trainer : Hugh Costello
This is one-day workshop from 10am to 5pm includes a tea, coffees and lunch in the Club.
The workshop is led by writer and journalist Hugh Costello, whose screenplay for the HBO film Bernard and Doris (based on a true story) was nominated for an Emmy. He has written many dramas for TV and radio and specialises in transforming complex real events – such as the Covid pandemic and the fallout from Brexit – into powerful dramatic stories.