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At last, we’re scheduling a couple of London dates for my Screenwriting Masterclass over the summer.

We’re still confirming dates with the venue, but they should be pretty central providing everything works out. The 2016 dates were hugely successful, with 100% positive feedback from delegates on the exit questionnaires. Phrases like ‘brilliant’ and ‘mind blown’ were bandied around. It was pretty awesome.

Here’s the blurb for the upcoming dates:

Ever wanted to write a movie or a TV show?

In this special one-day event, acclaimed screenwriter and lecturer Pat Higgins will take you through the tricks and techniques of successful screenwriting.

From creating characters to idea generation, from how to get those first words onto the paper through to constructing an emotionally satisfying ending. This is a one-day crash course unlike any other; jam-packed with inside information and ways to make sure that your screenplay doesn’t fall at the final hurdle. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a bit further along with your writing, there’s something here for everyone.

Be sure to bring a notepad (be that a tablet computer or good old-fashioned paper) and a sense of humour, and prepare to turbo-boost your writing career like never before!

Acclaim for previous events:

“Mind still reeling from your amazing workshop. So many ideas, so much info” – @itsMikeElliott on Twitter

“Unrelenting passion… I left Higgins’ masterclass feeling like I’d undergone a minor epiphany” – ShelfAbuse.com

“Brilliant” – MJ Simpson, leading genre critic

And here’s some stuff about me, just in case you’ve ended up here and don’t have a clue who I am:

Pat Higgins is a British scriptwriter and director. After writing and directing three internationally distributed micro-budget horrors, (TrashHouseHellbride and KillerKiller) Pat branched out with award-winning mockumentary The Devil’s Music (which won Best Independent Feature at the Festival of Fantastic Film in 2008). He’s been called the ‘Essex Auteur’ in Empire and ‘the Tarantino of budget gore flicks for style and dialogue’ in SFX.

For the last nine years, Pat has lectured on idea generation and screenwriting at various colleges and universities. His live talks (such as 2015’s acclaimed How Not to Make a Horror Movie) are regularly scheduled at film festivals. He is also very active as a script doctor, providing rewrites for features in the UK and the US.

He is the co-creator of the Death Tales series of films, (Bordello Death TalesNazi Zombie Death Tales) with Jim Eaves and Al Ronald, and was the original writer and creator of international cinema release Strippers vs Werewolves. Although horror remains his own screenwriting preference, rest assured that this masterclass is just as useful whatever your chosen genre!

Screenwriting with Pat Higgins

Right, so hopefully you’ve got an idea as to why these classes are so much fun, and why you should buy a ticket RIGHT NOW! Except, um, you can’t. Because they’re not on sale yet. Which is where the nifty form below comes in handy. Because, you see, the thing about these classes is that they’re small. The absolute ceiling for each class is 20 people, and I usually keep it closer to 15.

If you drop us a line on the form below, we’ll send you a notification via email of the ticket sale the moment it’s released AND give you a code for 10% off the ticket price. You’re not committing to anything by completing the form, of course, but it does mean that you’ll be more likely to get a place. And a discount.

You’re looking at June. Central London. A Saturday. A day’s screenwriting masterclass (likely to be from 10.30 to 5.30). You’re looking at as much awesomeness as I can cram in.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Pat’s first live show of 2017 takes place this Saturday at the amazing and brilliant Horror-on-Sea festival in Southend. This annual festival is a huge highlight of the year (every year!) for the crew at Jinx Media. There are countless premieres and special events, including the World Premiere of Slasher House II from our wonderful friends at Mycho Entertainment.

Pat’s show will feature a whole load of stuff about structuring horror movies, together with uncensored anecdotes and clips from his journey through horror cinema. Don’t miss it! Tickets are only a fiver and can be bought by clicking the logo below…

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I love running workshops and masterclass sessions on screenwriting.

Over the years, I’ve built up a real arsenal of exercises and techniques which can help screenwriters tap into their full potential regardless of whether they’re just starting out or have been writing professionally for a while. I’ve been lucky enough to spend time lecturing in very different environments, (having taught elements of screenwriting to everyone from film festival audiences to BA undergraduates), which has not only been fun but has allowed me to get used to using different techniques with different classes.

There are still a few places available for our full-day workshop in Southend-on-Sea on 4th June, but they’re going fast. We haven’t announced further dates after that yet, but I’m open to suggestions. If you can’t make it to Southend but would be interested in a masterclass taking place in your home town in the UK, drop me a line via Twitter. If we can find a suitable venue in your town, (and round up at least a dozen delegates wanting to buy a ticket), we might well be able to make it happen.

In the meantime, don’t miss the chance to grab one of the last tickets for Southend. We’ll be covering everything from idea generation to character motivation and crafting the perfect ending.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Posted: April 4, 2016 in Live shows, Writing

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If you’re hoping to join the one-day screenwriting workshop/masterclass on June 4th, you’d better get moving. This is a small-scale event, and tickets are limited.

So, if you want to spend a day with like-minded souls in a jam-packed one-day crash course designed to take your writing to the next level then order a ticket RIGHT NOW!

 

Screenwriting with Pat Higgins

 

 

 

Pat’s intro to the premiere of the new movie from Jinx Media, recorded live at the Horror-on-Sea festival on 23rd January 2016.

 

House on the Witchpit – Introduction from jinxmedia on Vimeo.

Screenwriting with Pat Higgins

On June 4th 2016, there’s another chance to spend the day doing screenwriting development exercises with Pat Higgins. At a yet-to-be-disclosed location in central Southend on Sea (sounds very mysterious!) this is a rare opportunity to work in a small group to hone your screenwriting skills in a fun and supportive environment. Click the image for more information, and be sure to act quickly to take advantage of our ridiculously discounted Early Bird specials. Less than an hour from London on the train; why not spend a lovely day at the seaside with likeminded folks and kick your screenwriting career into gear?

If you want to write movies, this is the one for you.