Got an idea for a script but not sure where to start? What’s the difference between a TV pilot and an ongoing series and a film? What are the rules of formatting a script?

If you’ve ever wanted to write a script – or, indeed, if you’ve written one and want to know if it measures up – this special masterclass from Sutton Writers could help to answer some of those burning questions.

Ian Pike has been writing professionally for over 25 years and will share his experiences, insights and tips gleaned from working across just about every broadcast genre, as well as published books for children. These will take the form of his 26 rules of scriptwriting which have been collected and honed working on continuing dramas, soaps, chat shows, animation, sitcoms, sketch shows, adapted horror stories and commissioned original work as well as long running prime time programmes.

Some of his career highlights include six years on Hollyoaks, writing an original comedy drama for Armstrong and Miller, a sitcom for Angela Griffin and Stephen Graham, the BBC 3 series The Fear and at the moment he can be found working on the current series of Have I Got News For You, with two original sit coms in development, a children’s comedy for CBBC and a picture book for Hachette.

This masterclass is not just aimed at anyone looking to write a film or screenplay but is equally suited to anyone considering writing a script in any genre and there will be plenty of useful insight for fiction writers as well. Ian has traveled the world talking about his work, recently visiting Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Kuala Lumpur. More information on his work can be found at www.ianpike.co.uk

This session is outside of the usual Sutton Writers membership offering. Tickets are £12, and can be purchased from Eventbrite. Proceeds will be split between the host and the speaker. As usual, RSVP on Meetup.com, too, once you’ve got your ticket.

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