I’m the Director of World Wide Development for longstanding international script company WriteMovies, and I can make your writing better and make you feel better about your writing at the same time. I’m friendly and fun, analytical and creative, accessible and open-minded. Writing is fun. Let’s enjoy the process together.
I’ve provided or overseen hundreds of professional script reports over the last decade – as a freelancer for WriteMovies, SCRIPT and independently, through working as a Script Editor for clients, and through running a professional Script Development Group since 2016 (click here) many open-access ongoing Creative Writing courses including Getting Your Writing Published and Produced. I’ve also learned from some great Editors, Producers and Directors during my five years writing for a BBC drama. I provide useful, accessible guidance for making people’s writing better – I can even suggest ways that classic produced scripts could have been improved.
I’ve already helped many dozens of writers to improve their work and to develop their skills and careers, and I’m available for consultations on individual projects or for training you any any aspect of writing that you request. Email email@example.com, telling me what you would like me to help you with, and I’ll respond with a custom quote. As a general guide, I usually charge £40 an hour, £155 for a half-day or £300 per day – and £1.50 per page of script for development notes or industry coverage.
Whatever your level and experience, I can help you see how to develop your writing. I’m confident that even scripts that have already undergone lengthy professional development will still benefit from my input and find new ways forward, and I’m even happy to waive my fee if you don’t think I’ve succeeded in that.
My Experience in Script Readings and Consultations, Writer Development and Writing…
- I’m Director of World Wide Development for WriteMovies, a Hollywood script agency, and have previously worked for them upon scripts varying from Oscar/Academy Award winners and classics to new writers. This insight into the methods and decisionmaking of major studios and gives me the skills to help professional writers to achieve their aims. (Click here to see WriteMovies’ website: http://www.writemovies.com/.)
- I founded and run the monthly Screenwriters Forum Script Development Group for aspiring and professional scriptwriters – click here to find out more.
- I’ve run entry-level and advanced Creative Writing courses that have been assessed as ‘Outstanding’ – so whatever your level and expectations, I can help you achieve your goals. I’ve run about a dozen open-access 20-hour courses across Birmingham (UK) introducing the fundamentals of Creative Writing and Getting Your Writing Published & Produced, to utterly mixed classes with highly varied mental capacities, backgrounds and experiences. You’ll see my strong feedback from learners popping up in the sidebar of this site too. Click here to find out more.
- I previously spent nearly two years providing readings for new writers through regional writing organisation SCRIPT, and wrote nearly 150 episodes of drama for a BBC series. I’ve had acclaim from several clients, which you’ll see popping up on the sidebar of this website – see here for more about my Script Readings service.
Some example quotes from readings I’ve done are below. I can provide detailed and constructive Readings full of useful, positive advice for any of these areas:
- Film and TV screenwriting – I’ve developed lots of projects in these fields with many clients and partners – see other articles on this site.
- Radio Drama – I’ve had 135 episodes of my scripts broadcast on the BBC.
- Theatre – I’m an accomplished playwright and dramaturg with several Fringe shows under my belt (two examples here and here) and have also produced many promotional videos for theatres.
- Prose and Copywriting – many examples here.
Testimonials for my work…
Here is some of the praise that my readings have garnered over the years. Book your consultation now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org:
You are bright, enthusiastic and a hard worker, you’ll do fine.
– Lisa Vogel, Head of HR, WriteMovies
I’ve had (script) readings done by a lot of people down the years including the Script Factory and Industrial Scripts, but yours was the most intelligent, detailed and inspiring. It had my heart racing just reading it! I think you’re really underselling yourself. I’d like us to start a professional relationship, and if you’d like a reference for this just let me know.
– Nathan Handley, film producer. Nathan has used me as a reader on 3 projects and also approached me to set up a joint script reading business.
Ian did a great job imparting his experiences as a screen-writer. I’d highly recommend him again. Top qualities: Personable, High Integrity, Creative.
– Marverine Cole, Journalist, TV Presenter and Award-winning Beer Writer. Hired Ian as a Writer/Editor in 2008.
Ian is a diligent and reliable script reader whose reports provided valuable feedback for new and emerging playwrights. Top qualities: Expert, Good Value, On Time.
– Catherine Edwards, Founder, Capital Theatre Festival; former manager, SCRIPT; also Freelance Project Manager and Dramaturg. October 17, 2012. Catherine was Ian’s client.
Please could you pass on to the reader my heartfelt thanks for such excellent analysis and comprehensive advice…
– Response email from the writer, following my first Script Reading for SCRIPT.
Here, unabridged, is the feedback I received in October 2013 from observations of my ongoing, entry-level Creative Writing courses for BAES. Book your consultation now by emailing email@example.com:
Explanations given by the tutor are very clear and understanding is being checked throughout the session.
The tutor is very much acting as a facilitator throughout the session, which gives him the opportunity to give continuous one to one feedback and support.
- Excellent peer assessment and assessment for learning has taken place.
- All activities are learner centred.
- Excellent questioning technique to elicit previous knowledge.
- Lesson very well structured.
- Cohesive SOW [Scheme of Work] and lesson plans.
- Tutor very aware of the strengths ad weaknesses and progress of each single learner.
- Excellent differentiation seen in class and on Group Profile [form]
Summary of learner feedback:
- Lessons are very well planned and structured.
- We always get thorough oral and written feedback.
- We have already learnt many things we didn’t know before, e.g. the essence of a story, how to use the formula to “pitch” a story etc.
- I like his teaching style.
- He gets the best out of us.
This was an outstanding lesson because:
- All learners achieved their personal learning goal.
- The tutor takes immediate action after learners’ feedback and adapts his plan and teaching style accordingly.
- He is very aware of the learners’ various backgrounds and learning styles which feeds into his lesson planning and individual support.
- He has an excellent knowledge and passion for his subject which motivates and inspires the learners.
Example quotes from readings I’ve done in the past. Book your consultation now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org:
“Little things do make a difference to people’s perceptions [of your script], especially when they are tired, overworked and overwhelmed by the number of scripts they are supposed to be reading and passing judgment on – it is often easiest to just find excuses to reject them out of hand, so you need to give them as few excuses to do so as possible.”
“You might not believe me when I tell you this, but the [radio drama] listener really can hear (or should I say feel, as it is highly subliminal) the difference between an actor who is smiling or frowning, sitting or standing, fidgeting or static, busy or unoccupied, indoors or outdoors, etc… the advice I was regularly given – and pass on wherever I can – is to Action Match: try to always match any line of dialogue to a physical action.”
“A radio drama development producer told me in 2004 that the BBC receives about 10,000 radio drama scripts a year, of which only 1,000 have a realistic chance of commissioning, and then there are only slots for a few hundred of those anyway; so, regardless of the quality and relevance of your script, you could always be unlucky (eg: Sorry, we did a piece about fishing in Scotland last year…), which means it’s vital not to have unrealistic expectations or to take any disappointments personally.”
“It is common among nervous new writers to see a producer or commissioner as the person who simply says Yes” or No to their script, but you will get a lot further by being friendly, approachable and fun to work with. In any scriptwriting, the produced and finished piece must necessarily be a collaboration… earn your place as an equal among talented established professionals who will be pleased to do you a favour and work with you again.”
Book your consultation now by emailing email@example.com, telling me what your project is and what you would like me to do for it, and I’ll respond with a custom quote. As a general guide, I usually charge £40 an hour, £155 for a half-day or £300 per day.