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Crime writer – Isabelle Grey: screen writing seminar

Saturday 7 September - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Story Structure for Screenplay and Fiction is a workshop run by screenwriter and novelist Isabelle Grey. If many more ‘how to’ books have been written about story structure for screenplay than for fiction it’s because film and television, by the nature of their production, have to be broken down into separate elements that, together, form the story. This workshop will look at how useful those elements can be in writing fiction. The three or five-act structure, the Inciting Incident, hooks, beats and scene breakdowns are all helpful tools. Even more important is how to use conflict, need and suspense to create vivid characters whose journeys and outcomes we really care about. Be prepared for short writing exercises, and time for a Q&A. Isabelle Grey has contributed multiple episodes to TV series such as The Bill, Wycliffe, Midsomer Murders and Jimmy McGovern’s award-winning Accused. She has also written film and radio drama. In 2011 she published the first of two novels of psychological suspense, followed by the DI Grace Fisher crime series, Good Girls Don’t Die, Shot Through The Heart, The Special Girls and Wrong Way Home – the last two both picked as the Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month. Her new novel, Tell Me How It Ends, will be published by Quercus in July 2020. Tickets on sale at Wanstead Library or via Eventbrite.


Wanstead Library
Spratt Hall Road
London, England E11 2RQ United Kingdom
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020 8708 7400