• Halloween

    Halloween is almost upon us. If you like reading scary stuff then you can’t go wrong with TWISTED 50 – which consists of 50 scary stories. You can buy the kindle version on Amazon for £1.99. Go to Amazon and type in Twisted 50 kindle and you’ll get to the Twisted Volume One page.

    If you prefer the book or audio version then this link will take you to the site: https://www.twisted50.com/

    Happy reading!

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  • September 2017

    It’s been and gone. Another amazing London Screenwriters’ Festival – they do get better each year. If you are thinking about going to next years’ then if you are quick you can just get the Early Bird offer. And don’t forget that Ultra Early Bird Deal for LondonSWF'18… sign up now for £28 a month here…

    http://www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com/tickets/

    The dates are 7th, 8th and 9th September at Regents College, London.

    Go on – give yourself a treat!

    Happy writing.

    Rita

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  • August 2017

    I have recently completed the THRILLER course run by Hal Croasman of ScreenwritingU. Like all of Hal’s courses I would recommend this, though they don’t suit everyone. I thoroughly enjoyed it and got some useful critiques for the thriller I am writing. www.screenwritingU.com

    It is almost time for the London Screenwriters’ Festival 2017. The results for the Actor’s Table Read are out and I’m delighted that my script ‘The Bahia Bracelet’ is one of them. This is included as part of the festival. You submit 3-4 pages, max, of script for a maximum of 4 actors then you get a one hour session with a director and actors as they workshop your script.

    The London Screenwriters’ Festival is taking place during the weekend of 15th, 16th and 17th September at Regents College, London. www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com If you haven’t been before it is worth it. If it is too late for you this year, think seriously about next year. As soon as this festival is over you can take advantage of buying an ‘early bird’ ticket for next year, spread over 10 payments it is painless.

    Good luck with your writing.

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  • Twisted50 Volume 2.

    I am delighted to be one of the shortlisted writers for Twisted50 Volume 2.

    https://www.twisted50.com/shortlist-twisted50-vol2/

    The Way He Walks and Dead Ringer are the two stories I submitted. With The Way He Walks being shortlisted.

    I tried writing for this genre when the initial Twisted50 was launched and I really enjoyed it. In fact I am now developing one of the story ideas I had in to a horror feature film.

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  • The Breaking of Liam Glass

    The Breaking of Liam Glass by Charles Harris. A debut novel. What a great read.

    I have known Charles for years and mentioned on this blog last year his book about pitching called ‘Jaws in Space’ which was released last year.

    Now his novel The Breaking of Liam Glass is due to be released this Thursday, 29th June. I had the good fortune to be one of the reviewers and loved it.

    This is what I said on Amazon: “This is a well-researched, witty, insightful book, a crime story with a twist and a look into journalism and general life in one of the poorer areas of London. The world it represents has recently been brought into focus with the tragic circumstances of Grenfell Tower. I would highly recommend this book and I look forward to Charles’ second novel.”

    You can buy the book here: Amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/2tRrBrq

    Charles was saying that the novel was inspired by a short story he wrote years ago about a young lad, a promising footballer who was stabbed. As these things do the story grew and the novel that emerged is a crime-satire - not so much a Whodunnit as a What-they-did-after-it. The story of the 24 hours after that teenage footballer, now called Liam Glass, was stabbed and is lying in a coma, and the piranhas - Jason and worse - who try to use Liam’s story to forward their careers.

    And Jason, a desperate journalist, has revealed himself to be a fascinating mix of comic hero and anti-hero, someone you want to succeed almost despite yourself. A young man whose heart is in the right place and yet faced with enormous moral tests which he doesn’t always pass.

    Keep on writing.

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  • Write Movies Script Competition

    Yeah! My script THREE WISHES is one of 54 scripts in the quarterfinals of the Write Movies Script competition. Fingers crossed!

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  • DIVERSE VOICES WESCREENPLAY COMPETITION

    I’ve just heard my script THREE WISHES is in the semi-finals of the Diverse Voices WEscreenplay competition.

    I’m delighted.

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  • Busy, busy, busy. I have just put my romantic comedy THREE WISHES on the Inktip site: https://www.inktip.com It has had positive coverage and on the basis of that I have made some improvements – so, fingers crossed.

    I am now working on my horror, currently called INVISIBLE FRIEND. I may well change that title as the film develops. This was a finalist in the First Ten Pages workshop organised by Phil Gladwin and Yvonne Grace of https://www.screenwritinggoldmine.com It has had a transformation since then and I hope to have it ready in a couple of weeks.

    Now I am starting work on a thriller script. I shall be doing this as part of the Thriller Workshop run by www.screenwritingU.com so watch this space.

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