Over 30,000 writers for film and TV will be represented at the World Conference of Screenwriters (WCOS), which takes place on 1-2 October 2014 in Warsaw.
A delegation from the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain will join over 30 other writers’ guilds from 19 European countries, plus North America, New Zealand, Israel, Mexico, South Africa and India.
The conference, the third of its kind, will take as its theme the ‘golden age of TV’ and explore issues affecting creators in the audio-visual sector. These include writing for an international market, independent cinema, episodic television and children and young audiences.
It will also bring together authors of globally renowned film and TV productions, Oscar winners and holders of other prestigious awards, including Writers’ Guild member Andrew Davies (House of Cards) and Israeli film and TV writer Hagai Levi (In Treatment).
BAFTA-nominee and Writers’ Guild of Great Britain President Olivia Hetreed is among the delegates, and will be taking part in panel discussions on the lack of representation of women writers and the pros and cons of co-production.
Writers’ Guild General Secretary Bernie Corbett will be part of panel discussions focusing on negotiation and copyright.
The international gathering of screenwriters' guilds, unions and associations brings together the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) and the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG), of which the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain is a member.
Previous World Conferences of Screenwriters have been held in Barcelona (2012) and Athens (2009). They built on successful joint initiatives including the European Screenwriters' Manifesto (2006) and an International Day of Solidarity in support of the Writers Guild of America high-profile strike in 2007/8.
Written Into the Picture, a report investigating screenwriters’ lack of visibility at film festivals, was published at the second conference in Barcelona in 2012 where it was resolved that the vital contribution of screenwriters needed to be more fully acknowledged.
“It is fantastic that writers and their guilds from many countries can gather to discuss the issues they face – and even better that WCOS is now genuinely global, with representatives from every continent,” said Writers’ Guild of Great Britain General Secretary Bernie Corbett. “I am looking forward to the best and most inclusive writers’ conference yet. TV, film and the other media are all now global – and we are also going global in our battle to preserve and improve writers’ pay, terms and rights. Power to us!”
You can watch the live stream of the conference here.
The full programme can be viewed online.
Nominations are now being accepted for the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards 2014.
The Awards will be presented by writer, presenter, comedian, actress and producer Sandi Toksvig at a ceremony in central London on 19 January 2015.
Writers will be honoured in the following categories: TV, Theatre, Film, Books, Radio, Games, Children’s (TV and theatre).
The eligibility period is from 1 June 2013 to 26 September 2014 and all entries must be received by 17 October 2014.
To kick off our occasional series of screenings, we will be showing What Richard Did on 30 July in London, followed by a Q&A with writer Malcolm Campbell.
What Richard Did won Best First Screenplay at the Writers’ Guild Awards (2013). Malcolm has written for some of the UK’s most popular dramas, including The White Queen, Shameless and Skins, as well as creating the BBC’s multi-Bafta-winning L8R and gaining Bafta nominations for All About Me and Losing It.
After the screening, Malcolm will take questions and talk about adapting a novel for the screen.
6pm, 30 July, networking drinks in the hotel bar from 5pm
The Covent Garden Hotel Screening Room, 10 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9HB
Price: £8 (Guild members), £10 (non-members)
Bookings: via Eventbrite
All members are invited to the Writers' Guild AGM 10.30am-5pm, 4 July Cluny & Tanner Room, The Bermondsey Square Hotel, Bermondsey Square, Tower Bridge Road, Southwark, London, UK, SE1 3UN
This year’s AGM in London next Friday boasts two high-profile speakers – the new director-in-waiting of the National Theatre Rufus Norris, who will be talking on the theme “the National Theatre and new writing”, and BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson. Don’t miss it!
The latest Writers' Guild Off the Shelf at Black's event
11am-3pm, 2 June Blacks Club, 67 Dean Street, Soho, London
Cost: £30 (payable to Blacks as an after-lunch bill)
Join Julia Lee Dean and Antony Owen to discuss writing war. The day starts at 11am with coffee or tea. After the reading and Q&A, Blacks hosts a two-course lunch with wine. Up to three audience writers are invited to read 10 minutes each of their own work afterwards.
Julia Lee Dean is a novelist, playwright and tutor, and was a member of the Young Writers’ Programme at the Royal Court Theatre in 2003. She has performed as a stand-up comic in London & Edinburgh and has produced three of her own plays for the Camden and Belfast Fringe festivals. Her new novel And I Shall be Healed looks at the emotional and psychological damage of the First World War. Dean is now working on her second novel, The Lost Son of Ambrose Garfield.
Award-winning poet Antony Owen’s first collection of poetry My Father’s Eyes Were Blue was published by The Heaventree Press in 2009. His work often explores the emotional effects of conflict and this was reflected in his second collection The Dreaded Boy (Pighog 2011). His latest work, The year I loved England (Pighog), is a collaboration with Irish poet Joseph Horgan and will be published in July. He was invited to meet Irish President Michael D Higgins in Coventry on his first state visit to England in April in recognition of this Coventy/Cork collaboration. In 2013, Owen had an exhibition of poetry and photography accepted by the curator of the Hiroshima Peace Museum.