Monday, 10 September 2018

Free screenwriting workshops in Fingal and Carlow

Totally chuffed to have been invited to run screenwriting workshops in two writing festivals this month!
First up is The Write Time in Fingal: I’ll be in Swords Library on Saturday Sept 15th from 10.30-12.30 and Howth Library on the 19th from 5.45 to 7.45. 
Then there's the Pen Fest in Carlow Library on Tullow Street on Sept 21st from 11-1.30 
But if you're in Galway, that's where I'm heading next to be part of Culture Night that evening in Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop (time to be confirmed). How lucky am 
I? 
(PS: all my books are available here: https://amzn.to/2LYZC50)

Friday, 6 July 2018

Off to The Fleadh in Galway


They say the Galway Film Fleadh (July 10-15th) is unique among film festivals worldwide as one of the friendliest, the most informal and just the right size so you can meet anyone you want to meet. There is such a wide range of films and it's impossible to see them all so sometimes, it's enough to pick one or two screenings a day and spent the rest chatting to other attendees. 

The Fleadh has also been really good to me - most times I've ended up signing film or TV option agreement(s) within months of meetings I had at the event.

This year is a bit different for me. I'm bringing down my book, Write That Script. So apart from socialising, watching films or at events, I'll be at the merchandise stall in the Galmont Hotel from 2.30-4.30 on Weds 11th to Friday 13th. Please come over and say hello!

This is what I love about the Galway Film Fleadh. You can just hang out at the festival or go to the various open events and film screenings and talk to whoever happens to be nearby. This almost always leads to all sorts of interesting conversations.

These might even lead to sales or collaborations or just that nice warm feeling that comes from talking about what you love to do with someone who loves what they do too. Or if you have some film projects up your sleeve, you can do the market (the Film Fair) and pitch your wares to international buyers/ producers/ media managers. 
No two pitching sessions are alike and if you do eight of them over two days, not to mention pitching to anyone who foolishly asks you what you're working on - don't worry, you can repay the favour and the feedback can be mutually beneficial - you will come away more able to do it in the future and with a rake of stories to tell about the encounters, good and bad.
These anecdotes lead to conversations in the Fleadh HQ and beyond, making networking that bit easier and more fun. Hope to see you there!


Monday, 16 April 2018

Three Writers @ 3pm in the Books Upstairs cafe

This Sunday at 3pm, myself and Caroline Farrell and Carolann Copland will be sharing the cafe and our books with all the book-lovers who can make their way into Books Upstairs to hear us read and talk about writing, life, characters, procrastination, the insanity and glory of being a writer... and much more. I'll be reading from my last novel The Angelica Touch; always fun to revert to being one of my favourite characters! 

It's a free event and open to all so come and get your seat and your flat white and let us entertain you! 

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Write That Script - is in the IFI!

With the sad demise of Filmbase, my physical launch of the book has been postponed so I decided to launch it on social media while I finalise a new venue. It is available on Amazon, on my online store and, from today (April 11th),in the IFI Film Shop on Eustace Street, Dublin 2.

IFTN did a lovely news piece today about the book you can read here.

So what's the book about? It's about getting that idea out of your head and onto the page. After teaching screenwriting for over two decades while working as a professional screenwriter for nearly as long (or longer, if you consider some freelance work in 1990-3 with Fair City and Scratch Saturday), this is me trying to put it all in one place and give you the tools to get the script written. Now. Not tomorrow or next year or when you have more time, but now. You'll feel so much better, honestly!

These are some of the endorsements that are coming in:

"A practical inspiration for getting that script out of your head and on to the page/screen from someone who has done just that and done it brilliantly." – Paul Donovan, Producer, Deadpan Pictures

"Written with great passion for and insight into the craft of screenwriting, 'Write that Script! And write it now', is an inspirational, practical and detailed manual on how to write your first screenplay - but also one that will help you write any screenplay. Reading it gave me a strong urge to apply everything that is recommended in the book to the next screenplay I write. Lindsay's guidance is clear, helpful and fun and it's backed up by numerous filmic references which she analyses expertly. Her writing exercises will build confidence and craft. Lindsay was my first screenwriting teacher way back in 1996 and set me on my way to becoming a professional screenwriter. It is a delight to see all her knowledge, experience and enthusiasm distilled into a book that will add richly to the education of screenwriters everywhere." - Christian O’Reilly, screenwriter. 

"What Lindsay has done wonderfully well in this book is to give screenwriters a helpful and practical guide to fire imaginations and to get words flowing onto the page. It’s full of advice, filled with insightful examples and bursting with practical exercises that will have you finishing your screenplays with confidence and creativity. It’s the how-to book that inspires as much as it teaches and enlightens. She has distilled the essence of screenplay craft and technique and turned it into a practical guidebook that’ll motivate you to overcome the screenwriter’s hardest obstacle – the first draft."– Alan Fitzpatrick, MD Filmbase.

"What I love about this book is that it's all practical and actionable advice, with effective exercises and brainstorming tips. Great for those starting out and getting more familiar with the challenges of screenwriting, as well as those want to develop their craft in a committed and professional way." - Danny Stack, writer director

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Write That Script is here!!!!!


Screenwriting is a tight and demanding medium but it is also one of the most exciting forms in which to write. 


Ever thought you wanted to write a script but weren't sure where to start? Do you have a story in you that you know would be fantastic on the screen? After working as a screenwriter and teaching screenwriting for over two decades, I have written this book to help you to turn your ideas into screenplays, moving from an examination of what you need in terms of an idea that will work on screen all the way through to first draft. 
Write That Script! brings together all the theory you need, examples of how the theory works and challenging exercises to oil those writing muscles that will see you through to the end. Write That Script! will steer you through the stormy seas from wanting to write a script to having your first one down on the page or screen.
Endorsements for Write That Script
“Written with great passion for and insight into the craft of screenwriting, 'Write that Script! And write it now', is an inspirational, practical and detailed manual on how to write your first screenplay - but also one that will help you write any screenplay. Reading it gave me a strong urge to apply everything that is recommended in the book to the next screenplay I write. Lindsay's guidance is clear, helpful and fun and it's backed up by numerous filmic references which she analyses expertly. Her writing exercises will build confidence and craft. Lindsay was my first screenwriting teacher way back in 1996 and set me on my way to becoming a professional screenwriter. It is a delight to see all her knowledge, experience and enthusiasm distilled into a book that will add richly to the education of screenwriters everywhere.” – Christian O’Reilly, screenwriter
“What I love about this book is that it's all practical and actionable advice, with effective exercises and brainstorming tips. Great for those starting out and getting more familiar with the challenges of screenwriting, as well as those want to develop their craft in a committed and professional way.” – Danny Stack, writer director Nelson Nutmeg
“What Lindsay has done wonderfully well in this book is to give screenwriters a helpful and practical guide to fire imaginations and to get words flowing onto the page. It’s full of advice, filled with insightful examples and bursting with practical exercises that will have you finishing your screenplays with confidence and creativity. It’s the how-to book that inspires as much as it teaches and enlightens. She has distilled the essence of screenplay craft and technique into a practical guidebook that’ll motivate you to overcome the screenwriter’s hardest obstacle – the first draft.” – Alan Fitzpatrick, MD Filmbase
“A practical inspiration for getting that script out of your head and on to the page/screen from someone who has done just that and done it brilliantly.” – Paul Donovan, Producer, Deadpan Pictures



WHERE TO BUY: 

Via my onlinestoreAmazon UK (print), Amazon UK (e-book),  Amazon.com (print; e-book due soon) 

Thursday, 22 March 2018

The Angelica Touch is locally launched - still on a high!

Last Thursday, March 22nd, my second book, The Angelica Touch was launched in Javaholics Cafe, Fairview with pizza and wine, the wonderful singing of Mervyenne Jacque  and the superb and and inventive thespian talent of Anna Olsen Nugent.









Ooh I do love signing books!


And meeting new writers!


Javaholics is where I lurk and write while getting increasingly caffeinated. It's my 'go to cafe' when I'm finding it hard to settle down to work or need to brainstorm a section of material. One of Al's flat white's and I return home with a reaf of pages or edits, fired up to dive in and determined not to get distracted by other work!

Javaholic's Maestro, Al Vali.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

A gift of joy... Review just in for The Angelica Touch.

Just as I'm packing up to bring copes of The Angelica Touch down to Galway for my launch next Thursday, I come across this wonderful review of the book on the Fallen Stars blog. It had me twirling! 

Here's just a part of it, to whet your appetite: 

"...Another gift of joy from Sedgwick, the Angelica Touch is filled with heart and warmth. With a setting and characters that fire the imagination, the reader gets sucked in to Angelica's world immediately and pulled along on an incredible ride of the emotions. While Angelica is trying to grow into her own true self (and doing a marvellous job),the give and take in the relationship with her mother is at once unique and typical, deeply touching and completely grates. Both are guilty of getting it utterly wrong and completely right. This hits at the soul of what it means to be a teenage daughter. Each and every character is a real gem; quirky, well described and fully realised. Their own stories of past and present weave many coloured threads throughout and make the core story all the richer. Pitch perfect and with a great pace, just when you think this story can only end one way, a surprise twist brings an even more satisfying conclusion. This is a wonderful, imaginative tale that will leave you smiling. (13+)"   

The full review is here

Hope to see some of you at the launch - 6.30pm. Charlie Byrne's gorgeous bookshop in Galway's city centre. On the 8th Feb, one week from now.

More information: www.lindsayjsedgwick.com
Also available online from Amazon UK:  http://amzn.to/2zc6RiL and US: http://amzn.to/2CqVYMo
The Angelica Touch is available online on Amazon UKAmazon US and direct from books@lindsayjsedgwick.com with PayPal.