In partnership with the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG)
Screenworks is pleased to be hosting four successful professional screenwriters from around regional Australia who will be discussing their craft, their career pathways and what it takes to succeed in the competitive world of writing for film and TV.
NOTE: During the webinar, our speaker experienced internet connection issues due to them speaking from regional Australia. We apologise in advance for any loss of quality experienced during the recording.
Our highly experienced guest speakers, all of whom are regionally based, will talk about their latest and recent works, covering a wide range of genres and screenwriting craft areas including the following:
· Authentic storytelling
· Creating believable characters and worlds
· Research for screenwriting
· The experience of the writer’s room
· Looking for writing work / sustaining a career in the industry
· Collaborating with other writers, producers and directors
Facilitated by Susie Hamilton, Professional Development Manager at the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG), these sessions will be delivered online via Zoom. Each will be up to 90 minutes long, including plenty of opportunity for online attendees to ask our speakers questions.
SHELLEY BIRSE – Writer
Shelley is sneaking up on 25 years of gainful employment as a writer, having penned more than 70 episodes of animation, young adult fiction and limited series drama. Writing has taken her to Germany, France, Singapore and the U.S.A. and her work has been acknowledged by AWGIE, AACTA, SPA, FIPA and NSW Literary Awards.
Both seasons of her political thriller, The Code, won Best Drama Series and the Major AWGIE awards in 2014 and 2016. Season Two won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award Betty Rowland Screenwriting Prize and internationally, the series took out the Golden D’Or Screenplay Award at the FIPA Festival in France.
Shelley’s most recent work is the Stan series The Commons, written under the mentorship of Graham Yost, writer of Speed, Executive Producer of Justified, Sneaky Pete and The Americans. She is currently in development on limited series projects in the UK and at home.
Shelley regularly writes with one hand and juggles a bush life and small, wild children with the other.