Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Scriptwriter Goes Cyber

Why are good British scriptwriting resources so scarce? I've been a subscriber to Scriptwriter magazine since its inception; read it, loved it and stashed it under the bed for future reference but the print version has now been withdrawn in favour of an online resource.
Rebranded as you can now get your fix of news, views, interviews and fantastically informative articles 24/7. Now before you get too excited I should say that the site, like the magazine which preceded it, is a subscription service, BUT non-members can still access a wealth of what's on offer absolutely free...
Current subscription rates are #29 per annum and for this you get exclusive access to:

  • TwelvePoint Buzz - a regular roundup of UK film and television industry news, together with opportunities for screenwriters.
  • Contracts - advice on negotiating, including template option and deal memos.
  • Ask the Expert - industry professionals answer your questions.
  • Beginners' Guides - 'How to write a screenplay' and 'How to write a novel and have it published'.
  • Calendar of events compiled by Robin Kelly.
  • Links to dozens of useful screenwriting resources.
  • The Forum - a discussion zone where you can network and trade knowledge, tips and banter.
  • Scripts wanted - a new lead every week from InkTip.
  • Weekly email newsletter - pointing out new information on the website and what's happening in the world of scriptwriting.
There's also the opportunity to upload your own writing projects for feedback from other members, start your own blog and loads more. For the cost equivalent of three or four paperbacks I reckon this is more than worth the price of admission.

Oh, and Twelve Point also has some very influential readers...

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