'Earning money reading, improving your writing through experience and expanding your powerful contacts are all benefits of professional script reading'
Lucy V Hay


Join us for this intensive two-day workshop that breaks down the art and craft of reading scripts to help improve your own writing, to also improve your feedback for other writers and most importantly, to earn you money as a professional reader.

When: Sat 3 – Sun 4 Feb 2018

Where: Ealing Studios, Ealing W5 5EP

How much: £79 - EARLY BIRD (£139 - FULL PRICE)

What happens over the two days?

Learn how to produce industry standard analysis for agents, producers, production companies and broadcasters – all of whom have mountainous ‘read’ piles. The ability to distinguishing a ‘Pass’ from a ‘Consider’, or even a ‘Recommend’ will make you a valuable asset to the biggest and most prolific production companies. Key elements covered include:

  • WHO uses script readers
  • WHAT the key components of a script report are
  • WHERE to source those elusive script reading jobs (even ones not advertised)
  • WHEN to walk away and avoid conflict with writers
  • WHY reading as a job can improve your writing AND most importantly, your understanding of the business.

BREAKING INTO SCRIPT READING is tailored for those who want to gain understanding of how the marketplace works, as well as how to analyse screenplays professionally.


'The course has gone over and above my expectations. It has been a real shot in the arm for my creativity.’
Dan Cassell, Screenwriter

What is included?

  • Writing a fully professional report
  • How to negotiate pay for your work and where to find it
  • Techniques for constructive criticism and avoiding conflict
  • What constitutes “marketability”
  • Identifying strong concepts
  • Why context matters: how sample scripts and sold scripts differ
  • Tips for helping writers improve their craft
  • Understanding how logistics affect filmmaking
  • How to write positive script reports that get results for writers and execs and gets you re-hired for the next job

‘Recommended for the networking as well as the in-depth knowledge’
Ruth Trippitt, Script Researcher

Guest Speakers

Karol Griffiths – Script Editor & Supervisor

Karol has been Lynda La Plante's script and copy editor for the past 3 years and has Edited and Supervised many prime-time TV shows ('Friends', 'How I met Your Mother') as well as working with the Coen Brothers on 'The Big Lebowski' and 'The Hudsucker Proxy'.

Why become a script reader?

  • You can work freelance, on your own terms, wherever you like and fit it around your existing commitments
  • It’s challenging, interesting work in an industry that never stays still, keeping you on your toes!
  • You can make money AND work in the film, TV or literary industry, no more day job to distract you
  • It’s a great way to make useful and interesting contacts
  • There is professional development: script readers often move into script editing and some become development executives, literary agents, producers and filmmakers
  • Reading other people’s scripts is a sure fire way to improve the quality of your own work. Get paid to do it.

In other words: script reading is a PERFECT job for the creatively minded!

‘Lucy is an exceptional presenter, and has shared her passion with clarity and fizz!’
Paul Draper

The Last Script Reading with Lucy V Hay... from 100 delegates...

99% would recommend to a friend

99% agreed the course was value for money

Delegates gave an overall rating of 4.7 out of 5

My Pledge To You

If your screenwriting is not taken to a whole new level during the workshop, I will give you a full refund on the spot. Remember, as an organization, we are in the trenches right beside you. We have made films, we are making films and we connect with hundreds of experienced filmmakers through the London Screenwriters' Festival. 


Chris Jones // Creative Director