Talent Campus 5.0 – New Year Resolutions

It is about this time that we are supposed to outline our resolutions for the New Year ahead and set out all those good things were are going to do and all the bad stuff we are going to stop doing I have done it myself for the last couple of years – look, this was my effort in 2017 – and I am not sure I even managed a post for the start of 2018. My aims back then were about being less distracted and to write a novel…. well, that never happened and that seems to be a theme for me; setting goals and then never reaching them. This says a lot about me to be honest – and a lack of planning and focus. I have great goals, but make them too broad and don’t break them down into manageable steps. Working full time and having a young family doesn’t make it harder to write, it just makes planning more important and that is what I need to think about more carefully in 2019. Not setting myself too many targets and being mindful of everything else that is going on in my life when doing so.

And I think I may have been offered the perfect opportunity to hone some of those skills.

Just before Christmas 2018 I found out I was one of 28 lucky writers to have been selected to attend the London Screenwriting Festival’s Talent Campus in January and February 2019.  It is an intensive block of writing, bookmarked with two face-to-face sessions in January and February –

Our Goals For You

We want you to get your work produced. To that end we have four clear objectives at the Talent Campus.

  • To improve your professional and industry skills to help platform you as talent to watch.

  • To refine your story and writing skills in the context of a commercial marketplace.

  • To realign your project with commercial trends to increase the probability of getting optioned and produced.

  • To provide exclusive opportunity: To pitch your project to industry directly.

These goals are exactly what I need to move forward with my writing. I think I am a good starter, but not so great at finishing – so I have plenty of ideas and have written a number of scripts, but I am not the best at doing anything with them. Imposter Syndrome and the fear of rejection have high impacts on this – am I good enough to submit my work to publishers, producers etc. etc? – the plan of this course is to give me the tools and the confidence to tell myself, “yes, I am good enough” and show me the way to do it.

I am excited to get started and will update this blog with more information as we go along. We have already been set a number of “homework tasks” to get us ready for the first session at the end of January and just these exercises alone have given me an opportunity to be a bit more reflective about my work and how I can make it better.

If you click on the link to the Talent Campus webpage, you will notice that Talent Campus 6.0 is already taking applications. If you are looking for support with your writing and want to take things to the next level, then give it a shot. I was fearful of applying, but am glad I did take the plunge and am excited to see what the Ignition Phase will bring me, and the only Campers next week

So, bring it on!

Onwards and Upwards!

Posted on January 12, 2019, in Learning, Prep, Reading, Structure, theme, Uncategorized, Writing, writing exercises and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Congrats Mark!


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