Kate Leys Guide to Writing Treatments & Outlines

2017 dates TBC

Kate Leys Guide to Writing Treatments & Outlines

Date: (awaiting dates)

Duration: 1 day
Times:
 10am - 5pm
Capacity: Max. 15 participants
Fee: £170  10% Early Bird discount available for limited period.

The most commonly used phrase in the film industry is not, in fact, ‘let’s do lunch’ but: ‘send us the treatment’.

Writing treatments and outlines is a crucial skill for producers, filmmakers and screenwriters but it can be a minefield. How long should it be? How much should you reveal? What should it include?  This 1-day workshop with script editor Kate Leys considers the treatment (aka the outline, proposal etc) and how to write or refine one.

The first part of the day will look at treatments: what they’re for, who reads them, and how to write one. The second part will discuss participants’ own draft treatments and outlines, using a format similar to the Kate Leys Story Surgery.

Your project will need to be submitted to us, in strict confidence, in advance.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION   

1. TREATMENT or OUTLINE

Whatever you’re calling it, the collated pages that represent your film project. In general this may be any length, but for the purposes of this workshop it should be a maximum of 20 pages long.

2. SUMMARY TREATMENT or OUTLINE

A shortened version of your treatment to a maximum of 2 pages. Under conditions of absolute confidentiality, this version will be read by workshop participants on the day. Please note that we will not circulate them electronically or in advance, although we need them in advance in order to print and collate them.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Please send your documents by email to workshops@lfs.org.uk. The deadline is one week prior to the course. (We will send a few emails to remind you.)

All documents should be saved separately with your name in the title, plus eg ‘TREATMENT or ’SUMMARY TREATMENT’. This is so that we can keep track of them in our computer system. Your name and this information, plus the project’s title if it has one, should also be included at the top of each document. This is so that we can keep track of them when we print them out.

"The workshop was brilliant; I left feeling really energised and armed with some fantastic insights to develop my script further. Kate's style is brilliant - really energised, positive in tone, her feedback on everyone's work was really insightful and thought-provoking; I learnt as much by listening to the discussion of others work as I did from the feedback on my own. It is the first time I have put my work out for critique, so I had some trepidation, but I needn't have worried. A really inspiring day!" Mark, 'Kate Leys Story Surgery', November 2014

Other workshops in the Kate Leys Series:

Tutor profile: Kate Leys, Script Editor

Kate Leys is a feature film script editor who works on projects at all stages of development. She also works directly with filmmakers and a wide range of talent, in all genres, on adaptations as well as original screenplays. She has been head of development at several companies including FilmFour, where she helped commission and develop some of the UK’s most successful feature films, including FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, TRAINSPOTTING and THE FULL MONTY.

Kate speaks regularly at festivals and industry events including the London Film Festival, the UK Screenwriting Festival, The Edinburgh Film Festival, BFI South Bank, Guiding Lights, Skillset and Film London Microwave. She has taught screenwriting at the Northern Film School and at the University of London, script development at the National Film School, and been a visiting lecturer at Universities and film schools all over the UK.

Kate Leys headshot: courtesy of Wellcome Trust.