Creative Writing Workshops with Courttia Newland - Information & Cultural Exchange

Creative Writing Workshops with Courttia Newland

I.C.E. in partnership with the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) presents a one-day Creative Writing Workshop with Courttia Newland, a British writer of Jamaican and Bajan heritage.

Courttia Newland is associate lecturer in creative writing at the University of Westminster, and has been writer-in-residence for Trinity College, Dublin and Georgetown University, Washington DC. He will be in Australia to run a creative writing masterclass for AFTRS students, and will also guide a masterclass at I.C.E., Parramatta, exclusively for emerging screenwriters in Western Sydney.

Courttia’s workshops are more practical and creative than lecture based, with lots of sharing and discussion. Exercises focus on developing and exploring character, plotting with emotion, and testing the themes/intentions of the writer with the story on the page.

Up to eight emerging screenwriters from Western Sydney will be invited to participate in this one-off opportunity. If you’re interested, send us a one-page proposal of a screen story you have in development. Emerging screenwriters from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to submit.

When: Wednesday 31 Aug 2016
Time: 10am – 4pm
Where: Information and Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.), 8 Victoria Road, Parramatta

The one-pager should include:

  • Name of the proposed project
  • Type/format and genre of the project (e.g. 6 x 1 hour TV drama)
  • Logline
  • Synopsis
  • A brief note about where you’re currently at with the script/series outline, and what you need to do to develop it to the next stage
  • Your name and contact details
  • Confirmation that you can attend the Wednesday 31 August workshop, 10am to 4pm

N.B. Feel free to submit a one-pager you may have submitted to us in the past. I.C.E.’s Screen Cultures Program is committed to the on-going support of emerging screenwriters in the region.

Please submit your One Pager by close of business Monday 22 August 2016.

Courttia Newland is associate lecturer in creative writing at the University of Westminster and is completing a PhD in creative writing. He is co-editor of IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain and his career has encompassed both screen, playwriting and short fiction. He is the author of seven works of fiction including his debut, The Scholar. His latest novel, The Gospel According to Cane, was published in 2013 and has been optioned by Cowboy Films. He was nominated for the Impac Dublin Literary Award, The Frank O’ Conner award, The CWA Dagger in the Library Award and The Theatre 503 Award for playwriting as well as numerous others. Courttia presented the Sixty Minute Documentary ‘Guns Are Cool’ which won the Royal Television Society Award for Education. His short stories have appeared in many anthologies and have been broadcast on Radio 4.

If you would like more information about Creative Writing Workshops with Courttia Newland, you can get in contact with Barry Gamba at ICE for more details
Barry Gamba
Producer, Screen Cultures
02 8821 9158

This project was initiated and funded by the Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS) in partnership with Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE).

ICE also receives funding from Screen AustraliaScreen NSW and Arts NSW.

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