I attended another Storyville event last night. This time I even managed to stick around at the end and chat to a couple of people. I mean, ok, I hovered like an idiot and then spent far too long talking to a very strange man who was obsessed with horror films, but it’s a start, right?
Julian Friedmann is a literary agent who lectures on scriptwriting and runs Twelvepoint. Again I felt like something of a fraud because I’ve been so wrapped up in other things that I didn’t have a single idea in my head, but again I’m sure it’s something I’ll find useful in the future. Something that came up in both the seminars I’ve been to is that in today’s marketplace there is very little time or room for development. In the past agents or editors or producers would work with writers on promising ideas but now they need to do their market research and polish their work thoroughly before even considering pitching.
Also, Julian was very enthusiastic about writing groups as a way of getting feedback and improving your work, and about the benefits of feeling part of a creative community, something I’m obviously interested in. This terrifies me, but I would love to join a writing group.