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How To Write An Award-Winning Script • The Story Academy • Sat Oct 7th 2017

The Story Academy / Barbara Slade

Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (BST)

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Join award-winning, international TV and film writer Barbara Slade for an inspirational script-writing masterclass, designed for professionals working in the industry as well as those who would like to be.


This action-packed, interactive workshop will cover the key elements that make up a great script and provide you with the essential tricks of the trade you’ll need to succeed in today’s competitive film and television business.


Held at the beautiful Regent's University in central London, the day includes lunch, refreshments and workshop materials.



Are you a working writer who’s been getting too many notes on your scripts? Or maybe you’re a producer or editor who needs a stronger understanding of screenwriting to help you get the best out of your writers? Perhaps you’re just starting out with a spec script and dream of getting your first agent or job?


Whatever stage your career is at, this master-class is for you and will help you seriously improve the quality of your scripts. With over twenty years’ experience as a successful writer, show-runner and teacher, Barbara’s screenwriting knowledge is exceptional and in demand across the world. She has a gift for both inspiring and building confidence in her students, and has the rare ability to teach the craft of screenwriting in a way that’s clear and easy to understand. But most important of all, Barbara has developed a practical, efficient and unique system of techniques that allow her students to instantly apply that knowledge to their own work.


In this fun, intensive and interactive workshop, Barbara will walk you through the important stages from concept to final draft. By the end of an action-packed day, you’ll be filled with enthusiasm and a new-found confidence in your abilities. But most of all, you will have gained indispensable screenwriting skills and tools that will last a lifetime.


To ensure the best experience, and guarantee Barbara’s personal attention, numbers of attendees to this workshop will be limited. Please book early to secure your place.


In this workshop, you will learn:

• Where great stories come from – how to become and stay creative.
• How to create great heroes that your audiences will love.
• The Protagonist, the Antagonist and Secondary characters.
• Why The Hero’s Journey is important and how to use it
• Three-Act Structure – how to hook your audience and keep them hooked.
• Plot Points – the building blocks of a story.
• How to use index cards to ‘break’ a story and avoid writer’s block.
• The important element of conflict to drive your stories.
• The purpose of subplots.
• Scene structure to keep your story moving.
• The use of action in a strong script.
• How to write great dialogue.
• Twists and turns and the element of surprise.



​This workshop is for writers, producers and others already working in the industry and those who would like to be.



"Spending even one day with Barbara had a hugely positive impact on my writing. Not only did she offer her own razor-sharp insight, but she also gave us strategies to make our own writing more concise and compelling, and to make the process more efficient and enjoyable. She really knows her stuff – and as a superb teacher, she is an expert at making sure you walk away truly benefitting from her wealth of industry experience.”

Kristina Yee TV Writer, USA

“We did several script-evaluating and script-writing courses with Barbara for our editors at Super RTL. After the courses everybody was so energized and motivated. Even a few years later, the editors still speak about these seminars and use the skills they have learned. Barbara makes it sound easy and logical but still digs deep into the subject. The energy she spreads is amazing.”
Karen Mitrega Head of Children’s Content, Super RTL, Germany


“I have had the pleasure of working with Barbara on several occasions. Firstly, I've been tutored by her in workshops and classes. These have always been incredibly beneficial to me, making me level up in my understanding of story structure, characters and the daily life of writing. Secondly, I have used Barbara as a teacher at The Animation Workshop. This has been an equally great experience, watching the students go through the same development and really ‘getting it’ as I did. On top of Barbara's high professional level, she also has a special gift for getting aspiring writers to really believe in their talent.”

Peter Dyring-Olsen Head of Graphic Storytelling, Viborg, Denmark


"The ever-so-talented Barbara really helped define the premise for the show. Without her clear vision and guidance, the sitcom wouldn't have been the success that it became. We finished filming its fifth season this summer."

Terje Solli Series Creator Side by Side, Norway


“Barbara's energy and enthusiasm are contagious, and her dedication to the craft of writing is inspiring. She brings a huge amount of talent and experience to all she does, and has a natural gift for teaching.”

Katharine Holabird Author Angelina Ballerina


"I have known and worked with Barbara for many years. She writes a killer pitch (I once bought a project from her on one paragraph which went on to be a very successful drama series) – such is her ability to distil a great story told through wonderful characters into its essence. Her understanding of storytelling coupled with her fabulous character will give anyone mentored by her a wonderful opportunity."

Julian Scott Executive Producer, United Kingdom

“Over the years have attended quite a few of Barbara's workshops. They are fun, informative and really give you the tools and confidence that you need for the industry. Her in-depth story structure classes really helped me with my own scripts – I found that when I used her methods, my scripts were much more successful!”

Marie Davies Script-writer, Wales




Barbara's speciality is writing, developing and heading up high-concept television shows for the international market. Having started her career in Los Angeles, but now based in London, Barbara is in high demand, consulting with writers, producers and TV channels, and leading intensive screenwriting and development workshops around the world. She​ has written and developed TV shows for most major networks and has written features for Working Title and Disney. 


Barbara’s work has received countless industry awards and nominations including The International Emmys, The Bafta Awards, the honourable Prix Jeunesse and the highly acclaimed Humanitas Awards.


Some of Barbara’s credits include multiple episodes of the successful US series: Rugrats, Little Shop of Horrors, Sonic The Hedgehog, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and Winnie the Pooh.


She both developed and served as Head Writer for Angelina Ballerina (ITV/PBS) and Rotten Ralph (BBC/Fox), and over the past six years has worked in Norway as a development consultant, running the writer’s room on several prime-time sitcoms including NRK’s award-winning comedy Side by Side (now in its fifth season), All Together, Together (NRK Super) and TV2’s successful Best For, which is now in post-production on season two.

Barbara has worked as Head Of Development for the Disney Channel UK, has created/exec-produced several of her own original TV series including Dead Gorgeous (CBBC/ABC/Nickelodeon), Hi Opie (TVO/Netflix/Knowledge Network) now in its third season, and is currently in development on two original prime-time dramas: Song For Norway and Heaven is a Perfect Tomato.




The workshop will take place in the beautifully inspiring Knapp Gallery at Regent's University, which is located in the lush surroundings of Regent's Park.


Please note there will be a videographer present at this workshop who will be unobtrusively filming parts of the day for use on our website and social media.



What are the entry requirements for the event?
We welcome anyone over the age of 18. A good standard of spoken English is required for participants to get the most from the day.

What time does the workshop start?
Please arrive at 9.30am to check in and to give yourself time to enjoy the refreshments on offer. The workshop itself starts promptly at 10.00am.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Regent's University is easy to get to. It's located in central London, approximately 10 minutes' walk from Baker Street Underground station. Parking is available in the campus car park on a first-come, first-served basis at a cost of £15 for the day. Alternatively, there is paid on-street parking available on the Inner Circle, just opposite the University. For full, up-to-date transport advice, see and the venue's own website for more detailed information:

Are lunch and refreshments included?
Yes – tea and coffee will be provided in the morning and afternoon, plus each participant will receive an £8 lunch voucher to spend in the fantastic refectory at Regent's University. There is a wide selection of menu items on offer, catering to varying dietary requirements.

What should I bring into the event?
Please bring your printed ticket, plus a pad and pen to make your own notes.

What's the refund/cancellation policy?
We operate a 7-day-minimum cancellation policy, so attendees will only receive refunds if there are at least 7 full days to go before the date of the workshop. Also, in the unlikely event that The Story Academy needs to cancel the workshop, we will only be able to reimburse the full cost of the ticket purchased.

Do I need to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes, please show this on arrival.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact at any time if you have any queries, or visit our website at

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Regent's University London
Inner Circle
NW1 4NS London
United Kingdom

Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (BST)

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The Story Academy / Barbara Slade

The Story Academy offers scriptwriting and story-development workshops by renowned writer, creator and teacher, Barbara Slade. Barbara's speciality is writing, developing and heading up high-concept television shows for the international market. She consults with writers, producers and channels, and leads intensive screenwriting and development workshops around the world.

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