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DSW Member makes the finals at the End of the Pier!

Congratulations to DSW member Richard Layton for becoming one of the four finallists in the 2012 End of the Pier Film Festival Short Film Scriptwriting Award with 'Oranges and Lemons'; a brilliant short Richard has discussed at one of DSW's previous crit sessions.  Good luck Richard!

Next Meeting 7.30 - 9.30, Tues 6 Dec

Tis the season to be critting- to be honest, it's always a good time to be critting work... We'll be at the Standing Order Pub in Derby city centre from 7.30 on Tuesday the 6th to discuss one of our member's script outlines, as well as other things script-related - see you there!

Next Meeting; Tuesday 1st November, 7.30 - Standing Order

Hello there, this month's meeting crit is for a new draft of DSW member Emma's thriller screenplay. After just reading the opening lines on screen, I can already see a positive difference in what's on the page. This is what writing and DSW is about - our first draft, even if it's a great draft, will not be the final draft of the story. Even after a script is taken for production, changes can take place for all manner of reasons in the process of bringing it to it's audience.  But ultimately, it's in the control of the writer to make those changes work for their story; which is what Emma has done after her previous crit session. Being ready to address those changes that need to be made is part of making a story work, especially in a collaborative medium like film. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of Emma's the screenplay - as soon as I can get to a printer... If you'd like to join us, we'll be at the Standing Order pub in Derby f

October Meeting - bit of a change.

Hello, just to let you know October's Derbyshire Scriptwriters meeting has been replaced by a group outing to the Neil McKay event at the University of Derby this evening. We'll all be having a natter after the event; so if you're going too, stop behind and say hello - we'll be meeting up again properly on November 1st. If you're not going to the event, but would like to catch up with us in November, send us an email to and we'll let you know where we'll be discussing scripts and our own forthcoming workshop with Neil.

November Workshop!

Derbyshire Scriptwriters has a limited number of places available on their Writers’ Workshop day to be led by local screenwriter Neil McKay (‘Appropriate Adult’ ITV Sept 2011) at Derby University on Saturday 19th November 2011 from 10.30 – 3.30 p.m. Fee for non members £12.50 to include lunch. Contact Secretary@

September Meeting Tuesday 6th, 7-30, Standing Order, Derby

Time to shake the beach sand off your feet and get stuck into more scripts! We'll be meeting at the Standing Order this month, and giving a group critique on one of our member's brilliant TV Drama scripts. After spending the summer immersed in period austerity of The Hour , I'm really looking forward to reading it and discussing it. If you'd like to come along and see how we do what we do, you're very welcome - see you there, or send us an email to let us know you're coming along:

QUAD shorts2 Launch

Exciting stuff for aspiring filmakers in the East Midlands- Quad Shorts 2 launches in September - a chance to turn your short film idea into... a short film! For more information, take a look here .

Bucket and spade time

DSW will be taking it's usual summer break, so we won't be meeting up in August. If you're interested in seeing what we do, we'll be meeting up again at the start of September - keep an eye on the blog for more details, or email us through Until then, enjoy the sunshine!

July Meeting at Quad 7.30, Tuesday 5th July

Hello - we'll be meeting up to discuss Andy's short script this Tuesday, and you're very welcome to join us to see how one of our crit sessions work - we'll be at Derby Quad cafe from 7.30 on Tuesday the 5th July - see you there, or if you can't make it, find out more at our website here.

AGM: Tuesday 3rd May, 7pm

That was a fast year... It's time for Derbyshire Scriptwriter's AGM, so there'll be no crit session on Tuesday - in it's place, elections for Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, and much more... see you at 7pm, in the Derby Library meeting room on the Strand.

Next meeting: Tuesday 5th April 2011, 7-9pm

Hello, after contemporary serial drama last month, we're looking over a period piece written by DSW member Brian tomorrow night; if you'd like to find out more, you'd better come and see for yourself... We'll be in the Derby Library meeting room on The Strand from 7pm to 9pm - call in and say hello, or drop us an email-

March Meeting! Tomorrow, 7pm!

Goodness! March? Already? Then it's time for the next Derbyshire Scriptwriters meeting - 7pm Tuesday 1st March, at Derby Library Reading Rooms on the Strand. We'll be looking over two outlines for an ongoing TV drama series - it'll be interesting to see how the writer deals with ongoing characters, while creating a new story within an established framework - if you'd like to come along, you're very welcome to join us- send us an email to

DSW Member hosts short story course

DSW member and professional scriptwriter Chrissie Hall is getting ready to help you 'Write Short Stories', a four-day residential course at the inspirational venue of Denman College, Oxfordshire from 17-20 February- for more information, send Chrissie an email:

Happy New Year! January Meeting Tuesday 4th, 7pm

After the snow of December, we're back for a new year of critiques and script discussion - our January meeting is in Derby Library meeting rooms on The Strand on Tuesday 4th at 7pm. No snow, just lots of feedback - if you'd like to join us, send email us: and we'll send you an agenda.