Wendall Thomas - Advanced Scene Writing Workshop


As part of her visit to the North East, celebrated film lecturer, casting director, UCLA screenwriting professor and writer, Wendall Thomas be leading this intensive small group day workshop in Gateshead on Thurs 19 March.

Open to a maximum of 12 delegates, the workshop will focus on a series of techniques, questions, and exercises which will strengthen your scene and sequence writing and take your script to a new level. 

We will examine all the potential elements of a scene, the importance of power shifts and subtext, and multiple ways to increase tension and pace, so that your writing will be “firing on all cylinders” both in your current projects and in projects to come.

The day will begin with a few memorable scene writing examples, then we will spend the rest of the day discussing and reworking writers’ individual scenes in the room.


When: Thursday 19 March, 10am – 5pm. 

Where: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA

Booking: Thanks to the support of our funders places on this class are available at the heavily subsidised rate of £20. Successful applicants will be informed how to register for their place and make payment in due course. Applicants who are selected for this Workshop will also have the opportunity to secure a place at Wendall's accompanying lecture on 'Making the Most of Your Secondary Characters' on an attendance deposit basis (i.e. the cost of the lecture will be refunded to those who attend).


About Wendall Thomas

Wendall Thomas has worked in Los Angeles for over 25 years as a casting director, director’s assistant, script reader, story editor, development executive, entertainment reporter, script consultant and screenwriter, writing and developing projects for companies including Disney, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal, Showtime, PBS, RKO, A&E, and NBC.

In addition to writing and consulting, she is in her sixteenth year as Adjunct Professor of Screenwriting in the Graduate Film School at UCLA, has been a Star Speaker for the annual Los Angeles Screenwriting Expo, and runs the Living Room Lecture series. She has consulted for the Atelier du Cinéma Européen Producing Program in Paris, served as Writer’s Mentor for Screen South’s Good Foundations program 2005-2007, and directed the LA FEATURES writer’s mentorship program in the UK for 2007-2009. She also consults for Australia’s Film Victoria and The New Zealand Film Commission. She has presented her “Wendall Thomas Talks Scripts” series at the Melbourne International Film Festival since 2011.


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