Student’s scriptwriting success

Fiona Black, a Creative Writing student at the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning reached the finals of Euroscript Screen Story Competition 2012 for her script she worked on during class: Tibetan Dust.

Screenwriters from across the world competed with only 20 being shortlisted – Fiona being one of them.

Tibetan Dust is something that Fiona worked on whist she attended the Centre’s online script writing workshop taught by Russ Gascoigne, who is an experienced scriptwriter for mainstream television.

Fiona said: “Students and writers may not be aware of the huge benefit of having a one to one tutor who encourages, criticises and guides. It allows one freedom to write at one’s own pace while
having the motivation of a mentor. The feedback from the competition echoed what Russ had said about the script. Russ helped, well above the course requirement and would be an immense help to any writer”.

Tutor, Russ Gascoigne said: “Having attended my course ‘Scripting a Television Drama’, Fiona came to me with a script on which to work during the ‘Scriptwriting Workshop Online.’ Based on her experiences travelling there, Tibetan Dust was full of insights into the country, its customs and its often fraught relationship with China. In particular, I advised Fiona on restructuring the script and consolidating the central storyline. She did this; taking the script though several rewrites, working from the notes I gave her. That it was shortlisted for a prestigious scriptwriting competition came as no surprise to me. It was richly deserved. That’s what the Scriptwriting Workshop Online course is all about: helping writers at whatever level to move on to the next stage, further develop their scriptwriting skills and realise their potential”.

Creative Writing courses at the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning, including Scripting Workshop Online and Scripting a Television Drama taught by Russ Gascoigne, are starting this September. For more information please visit cardiff.ac.uk/learn.