Feedback for the 2016 WritingTV Masterclass in London

Feedback from delegates at the WritingTV masterclass this weekend.


‘Pilar has done it again! Kind and constructive, energetic and knowledgeable, she gives you the skills to take your writing to a whole new level’.
Joy Smith, Screenwriter



‘Pilar cuts through all the extraneous BS involved in getting your series idea out of your head and onto the page’.
Scott Davenport, Screenwriter



‘I met the most amazing bunch of other writers and networked effortlessly, almost like a side-effect’.
Kristina Day, TV Screenwriter



‘I feel incredibly inspired to go home and do great things with my writing’.
Ian Martin, Screenwriter



‘The great thing about Pilar’s classes is that you always come away with at least one piece of game-changing advice’.
K T Parker, Screenwriter & Producer


‘This was a Masterclass in motivation which showed me simple and clear steps to take in order to get my TV series out of my candy floss mind, onto paper and into the hands of the Broadcasting Commissioners – Woo Hoo!’
Ann Theato, Screenwriter & Actress



‘This was my first Masterclass from Pilar Alessandra, chaired by Chris Jones – and I was blown away by their energy and expertise’.
Catherine Veitch, Children’s non-fiction Writer~


‘I feel 100% more confident in my ability to put together a pitch and pilot episode for an original series. Pilar is a legend!’
Alex English, Author & Screenwriter


‘Pilar was amazing – focused, enthusiastic and inspirational’.
Angela Gregory, Screenwriter


‘The concept sheet was a revelation when I always thought I needed to write a massive treatment’.
Leslie Lee, Producer & Screenwriter

‘As a graduate and looking to get my foot in the door, this class really has given me all of the tools to help me improve my writing and understand what industry professionals are looking for’.
Rhianne Deans, Screenwriter


‘I have learned more about my TV script in the last two days than in the previous two months’.
Andrew Williamson, Screenwriter


‘I got re-energised to produce work and worry about what others think about it later (or never!)’.
Clint Evans, Screenwriter


‘I have formulated a new TV series idea from nothing and woke up this morning with more ideas for it! The workshop stopped me procrastinating and made me just do it’.
Sarah L King, Screenwriter & Filmmaker


‘I now understand how to convert my screenplay into a TV series’.
Mark Nicoll, Screenwriter & Producer


‘After I read my rough pitch out to the group a Producer/Writer came up to me and offered to help me develop it and connect me to the people he knows in the industry because he loved my idea. I have come home! This is my tribe!’.
Pernille Norregaard, Screenwriter


‘After the class it’s like a light goes off – ahhhh, I get it!’.
Simon Bassi, Screenwriter & Actor


‘I now have a clear sense of how to put a pilot show together and the focus and confidence to do it. A truly motivating weekend!’.
Keira Francis, Screenwriter


‘Pilar has helped me to get my script into shape and I can’t wait to get started and apply some of the stuff I’ve learned to freshen up my other projects’.
Michael Richardson, Screenwriter


‘Not only do you get fabulous writing advice you get to meet other writers and feel that you are not alone’.
Johnny Parker, Screenwriter & Filmmaker


‘This course if perfect for aspiring writers, not just established. Pilar is amazing at helping you shape your ideas’.
Suzanne Cole, Writer


‘I now understand how to think about and outline my TV show idea, and I’m excited to hit the ground running’.
Chika Anadu, Director & Screenwriter


Feedback from 2015 Event in London

‘Exceeded all my expectations – a must for any writer, no matter how experienced!’
Natasha Pring – Actor, Writer


‘Jam packed with practical tools and effortless insight – brilliant teaching from a very generous expert’
Giselle Boucher – Writer


‘Listen to Pilar! Everything she says is based on hard won experience and she doesn’t waste a moment on bullshit!’
David Gilhooly – Writer

‘First Draft With Pilar does exactly what it says on the tin – gives you all the tools and gets you started on the first draft from the first hour’
Joe Cawley – Writer, Author


‘I feel completely refreshed and renewed creatively, with a whole new toolkit for writing. Unbelievable value for money!’
Chris Hughes – Film Maker


‘Quite frankly Pilar’s workshop is the best event I’ve attended on screenwriting’
Richard Edwards – Writer

‘Pilar’s words of wisdom fire out at you like a machine gun!’
Ian Farr – Film Editor who wants to write


‘Getting the lightbulb moment of ‘Scene Intentions’ was absolutely transformational – that alone made it all worth while!’
Chris Drannick – Writer


‘I have come away with an outline for a film, which is amazing because all I had at the start was a title and a couple of characters’
Katy Segrove – Writer


‘My creative brain has suddenly come alive again!  My ideas are flowing! God, I have missed this feeling!’
Ramin Farahani – Writer


‘Pilar is a tiny training terrorist typhoon! She creates explosions in your writing brain and destroys the barriers you have built in your own mind and clears the way for a total rebuild from a fresh perspective’
Dee Chilton – Screenwriter

‘Pilar inspires with her incisive advice and gravitas. Full of ideas, practical advice and endearing audience rapport’.
Colin Akhurst – Screenwriter, Film Maker


‘I’ve been stuck in the middle of Act II. Now I can go home and finish it! Hooray!’
Marie Macneill – Writer, Director, Script Editor, Film Lecturer


‘I pretty much finished my episode outline in one weekend. A great leap forward after months of struggling with plot’
Christian Ward – Writer


‘I wrote dialogue for a character I’ve had in mind for a long time. Pilar’s structure and exercises helped breathe life into her so she could speak for the first time – amazing!’
Diana – Writer, New Director

‘I have written from nothing, a few pages of structure that will allow me to finish my film – amazing! Pilar and Chris have struck gold with this event!’
Uppili Raghavachari – Writer, Director, Producer


‘A great mix of structure, techniques and space to find your creativity’
Jeremy Caine – Writer


‘For years I have been frightened of making mistakes on my first draft, but plunging straight into story has given me the confidence to realize my ideas to the fullest’
Scott Davenport – Writer


‘Thanks to the networking opportunity at this event, I have been asked to contribute to a short film project’
Ian Martin – Screenwriter

‘Truly inspiring, my project has actually started! Pilar was very insightful and able to connect to every question asked of her – she cares!’
Jamie Pigott – Actor, Writer, Producer


‘I came from France just for this course; with no specific idea. In just two days I was able to draft a full outline on my story’
Anael Verdier – Writer


‘I’ve been working on a script for months but could not work out how to introduce my secondary protagonist. This morning (Day 2), Pilar’s character introduction section suddenly cracked it. Now I have her introduction…and 10 other scenes!  Everyone should do this course and come to LSF – it feels like home’
Nicola Walters – Screenwriter


‘I beat out all three episodes of my TV show after day one!’
Rachel Smith – Writer

‘Pilar just destroyed every obstacle that’s been hindering me. My words have been liberated!’
Jaymi Bandtock – Writer


‘Pilar is fantastic – grab any opportunity to see her, hear her and learn from her!’
Guy Lambert – Writer


‘A film degree in one weekend!’
Ian Allwyn – Writer


‘Out of this event a producer wants to see a pitch of my film! Pilar is phenomenal!’
Charlotte Essex – Writer

‘Pilar Alessandra is a giant amongst screenwriters!’
Sara Stamp – Writer


‘Being made to write on the spot was incredibly liberating and empowering to realize I have more ideas than I imagined’
Marie Farguharson – Film Maker, Producer


‘Pilar knows what she is talking about. Listen to her and you wont go far wrong – or if you are lost in the woods she’ll help you find your way back’
Fiona Tuohy – Writer


‘I’m actually making progress on a video game script now (which had been stalled for months) – despite this being a feature/TV focused event. Pay Pilar whatever she wants to get her back!’
Tom Bourner – Ghost Writer


‘I came in with a vague idea and am leaving with my acts plotted out, rounded characters and a completed opening scene… great job Pilar!’
Tamsyn Murray – Writer


‘I had an idea on Tuesday, booked my place on Wednesday and had an outline for my script by Saturday evening. Amazing – thank you!’
Kim Wheeler – Screenwriter, Poet


‘I came with old ideas to revisit. I left with two brand new ones and a sense of how to develop them both’
Carole Oldfield – Writer


‘Pilar’s methods are clear and effective and can be put to instant use – and frequently were!’
Shay Elliot – Producer, Writer

Feedback from London Screenwriters' Festival

‘Just bloody brilliant’
Mary Evans, Screenwriter


‘Perfect! Brilliant! Awesome!’
Gaile Garnelyte, Screenwriter


‘Pilar was AWESOME’
Dee Chilton, Screenwriter


‘Pilar is also very encouraging and clearly wants people to do well’
Vicky Hinault, Screenwriter


‘Brilliant, or to use her vernacular, awesome’
Kevin Drury, Screenwirter


‘Brilliant. She was warm and funny and had great insights to how it all works. A very enjoyable, informative day.’
Craig Griffith, Filmmaker


‘The workshop was an informative and entertaining experience. Pilar is an accomplished speaker, nothing fazed her and she made everyone feel comfortable.’
Amy Hardiman, Screenwriter


Amy Amani, Screenwriter


‘Pilar was insightful, inspiring, witty and welcoming’
Scott Davenport, Screenwriter


‘An excellent workshop. Insightful, inspiring and jam packed with useful tools and information’
Janet Awe, Screenwriter


‘Brilliant! indeed, really useful...’
Elisa Della Scala, Screenwirter


‘Absolutely inspiring and stimulating!
Giordano Trischitta, Screenwriter


‘Pilar’s workshop was filled with ballsy woman confidence.’
Alison Down, Writer


‘Pilar Alessandra’s enthusiasm for her craft was infectious!’
Marie Amaler, Writer & Script Developer


‘I am now applying what I learned to my screenplay, making it not only more sellable, but also more engaging.’
Amy Hardiman, Screenwriter


‘A powerhouse session’
Paul Sukhija, Filmmaker


‘A wonderfully inspiring and informative session’
Donna Roa. Screenwriter

Terms and Conditions

If you need to cancel your ticket purchase you can get a full refund up until 30 days prior to the first event. After that we cannot offer refunds. Refunds will be paid back promptly although there will be a 10% admin fee deducted. Alternatively, tickets are transferable to other people if you can find someone to replace you. We are happy to change the name on the ticket. Please allow 48 hours for this change to take place. We reserve the right to decline admission and offer a full refund at our discretion. We reserve the right to change the venue. We reserve the right to cancel the event and offer a full refund.

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