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Writers Retreat

An Introduction to Screenwriting

with Writer Rick Laxton






*Price is for course only.  

Optional accommodation is separate

Who is Rick Laxton

Rick Laxton is a Screenwriter and Casting Director, with over 15 years experience of working in the television industry.  He has cast over 800 hours of TV content for major broadcasters, including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Amazon Prime, Disney and Nickelodeon, and is a member of the Casting Director’s Guild.


As a writer, Rick cut his teeth storylining for Coronation Street.  His debut screenplay went into development within the BBC Comedy Department, which lead to The Pact, a comedy-drama he co-wrote, being broadcast on BBC2.  Rick is now working on original commissions from BBC Studios and Comedy Central and developing other new projects with independent production companies.

About the Workshop

In this workshop, Rick will use practical exercises to guide you through the crucial elements of writing for the screen.  Topics to be covered include - creating effective characters, writing visually, constructing storylines, devising overall series ideas, scene structure, creating dialogue, tackling exposition, devising treatments, and practical career advice on working as a professional writer.


The maximum number of participants is 12 and a light lunch will be provided.

You have the option to choose to stay at Rocklands Lodges at an additional cost or simply take part in the course if you live locally.

How to Book

As the spaces are so limited we require full payment at the time of booking.

As the workshop is run by First Take Workshops, this can be paid via PayPal. 


Please call:

07824 517599 or 01759 318192 

Or book online at their website 


to reserve your space today.


You have the option of staying in one of the lodges for

  • 1 night Sunday only 

  • 2 Nights

  • or 3 nights

If you book for 2 nights, you get the 3rd night free!  This is for people attending the workshop only.  To redeem this offer call the office on 01751 477621 

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