10th Annual National Screenwriting Workshop!

February 12 – 16, 2020

This is the 10th year of our annual national workshop on screenwriting!
What is it that keeps it going?

Owing to the huge strides that Indian cinema, web series and TV writing have been taking of late, the scope for good screenwriting has exploded. There seems to be a frenzied search for competent writers, with strong fundamentals in storytelling.
If you’re an aspiring writer, now may be the time to plunge into the field. If you’re a new writer, you may want to up your game. If you’re an experienced writer, check if you’d like to revisit the fundamentals and consolidate your competence.
This time, we’re structuring it slightly different, with an added emphasis on Scene Design, a session on Web Series, one on Mythology, a session on Psychology, and a compact session on cinematic Virtual Reality.

So, essentially:

– One day on the basics of storytelling as an art & craft, on IDEA, PREMISE, PLOT, CHARACTER and STRUCTURE. These are the elements powering your screenplay forward.
– A full day dedicated to SCENE DESIGN & DIALOGUE. If your scenes don’t work, effectively everything fails.
– A session on writing WEB SERIES, the new force in screenwriting, conducted by an experienced Series writer.
– Half-day on a basic primer on PSYCHOLOGY and the different DEFENCE MECHANISMS that people employ to hide their true feelings. Useful to create complex characters.

– Half a day of discussion on MYTHOLOGY, it’s remarkably conflicted characters, and what we can learn from our epics, as modern screenwriters.

– Half-day dedicated to Joseph Campbell’s ‘HERO’S JOURNEY’ which offers invaluable insights into the underlying struggles and structures of any storytelling.

– Five GUEST SESSIONS. ANUBHAV SINHA (Article 15), Juhi Chaturvedi (Piku), Jyoti Kapoor (Good Newwz), NIREN BHATT (Bala), Pooja Tolani (Sacred Games).

– A session on how to PITCH YOUR SCRIPTS.


– A one-hour session on CINEMATIC VIRTUAL REALITY, the new avenue for storytelling.

– A final session with SUBHASH GHAI. He speaks with utter frankness about his struggle, his successes, his failures, the absolute primacy of the script in filmmaking, and the need for writers to keep reinventing themselves.

Fees:  For SWA members: Rs. 12,500/- (All Inclusive)
For non-SWA members: Rs. 15,000/- (All Inclusive)

Special discounts for non-SWA members as below:

  1. 20% for school & college students (with Valid IDs)
  2. 15% for Teachers & Corporate Group Bookings (3 or more people)
  3. 10% for Youtubers (with more than 50K Subscribers)

If you wish to become an SWA member, please visit www.swaindia.org

For more details –
Email: kanchi.parikh@whistlingwoods.net

Call: 022 6271 6003 / 022 6271 6085