Art forms: Scriptwriter/Dramatist
Summary: Freelance Scriptwriter who runs playwriting projects for children, teenagers and adults.
Locations: Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire
Experience: I am a freelance scriptwriter. I have written several episodes of EastEnders, an episode of Casualty, an Afternoon Play for Radio 4 (Nightcap) and a play for my local youth theatre in Newmarket, Suffolk (Angel In The Park).
Before going freelance I worked for BBC Radio Drama, Laura Cecil Literary Agency and as a Script Editor and Story Editor for EastEnders.
I also have extensive experience in running creative writing classes and projects for children, teenagers and adults.
Qualifications: Post-grad Certificate- Scriptwriting & Literary Editing, Sheffield Hallam
BA (Hons) Writing, Middlesex University:Classification 2.1.
A Levels, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, 2 A’s and a C
10 GCSE’S, Soham Village College, Ely, Cambs, 5 Grade A’s and 5 Grade B’s
Writer in Residence @ St. Felix Middle School, Suffolk, Sept 2009- July 2010: I work with a different group of students each term on a creative project. Past projects include the plays ‘Danger In The Darkness’, about a school trip that goes wrong and ‘The Burning Truth’ about two runaway children.
Scriptwriting for Adults, Jan 2009-ongoing: I run a ten week evening class on the basic craft of scriptwriting.
Creative Writing Workshops, LACESS, Jan- May 2010: Looked After Children’s Educational Support Services are funding me to run workshops in various schools attended by Looked After Children. I also ran a Create A Play Day in February half-term for fifteen children (aged 11-14) who are all in Foster Care.
School Workshops, The Children’s Discovery Centre, May 2009- Ongoing: I am a listed writer for The Children’s Discovery Centre who arrange for me to go into schools and run creative writing workshops.
Radio Project, Open Doors Course, Suffolk Artlink, Nov 2009: I worked with adults with learning difficulties to develop a short radio play. The play was on the theme of ‘Love’ and was recorded by Ipswich Community Radio.
Create A Play- Newmarket College, Suffolk, July 2009: Along with my brother who is a Primary School Teacher, I ran a three day summer holiday workshop for 8-12 year olds. The theme was Magic and Fantasy. We worked with the children to develop their own short plays, which they then performed to their parents at the end of the last day.
Writers Residency for Action For Children, Feb-May 2009: I worked with twelve Young Carers (aged 7-11) over a three month period of weekly meetings. We created a modern-day fairytale ‘A Science Project Goes Wrong’ which was then performed by the children to their families and key workers.
Scriptwriting/Drama Project @ Red Balloon, Sept- Nov 2008: I ran a series of workshops at Red Balloon Learner Centre in Cambridge (for students that have left mainstream education due to bullying), working towards a one-act play that the students performed at the Cambridge Arts Theatre.
Groups worked with: Children, Teenagers and Adults. More specific groups include Young Carers, adults with learning difficulties, children and teenagers in foster care and teenagers who have left mainstream education due to being bullied.
Laura Watson – Making the Change