London Screenwriters Festival

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Raised by 19 people in 33 months
I'm a screenwriter from Hastings, East Sussex and I am trying hard to raise money so that I can attend the London Screenwriters Festival this year. The festival is a fantastic opportunity to meet other writers, network with producers and learn TONS. At this stage in what I hope will become a career, attending  would be a really valuable experience. But it's a lot of money.

I've always loved writing and the movies. I've written stuff in the past and have got close to success - I had a sitcom in development with a big production company, I did some stand up for the BBC, I wrote for a couple of magazines - but it never really took off. Then I got married and became a mum and my daughter (my most amazing creation) took centre stage.

But now - I'M BACK! My daughter's older and I've finally got some time for myself. I've been writing and working and improving my craft, and it's starting to pay off.  A recent sci-fi screenplay of mine got through to the top 8% of a BBC Writers' Room, and that same screenplay is currently being read by two LA production companies. And I think the last two scripts I completed are even better.

Writing is my passion. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it, but I can no more stop writing than I can stop breathing. I think I have what it takes to forge a successful career as a screenwriter, but it's a tough industry to break into and any opportunity to meet people and learn from the professionals is not to be missed.

I had hoped to get there under my own steam, but I need help. I have had trouble finding work - I lived overseas until two years ago, and have been out of the UK job market - but have managed to get a part time cleaning job. I'm also trying to get work as a proofreader and editor.  And I've nothing left to eBay!

Tickets cost £295 (before the end of April) or £348 after that.  Any help towards the cost would be gratefully accepted.  And if I ever do get my stories onto the big screen, you'll be able to bask in the glow that you helped that happen!
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Posted by Fiona Leitch
33 months ago
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WOO HOO!!! You've only gone and done it! Thanks to all you lovely people I shall go the ball :-) Off to buy my ticket and thank the Lord/Buddha/Allah/my lucky stars that I have such wonderful friends. (I'm quite pleased, in case I hadn't made that clear)
WOO HOO!
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Posted by Fiona Leitch
33 months ago
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You guys are so AWESOME!! Thank you so much for your generosity, I am touched.
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£310 of £295 goal

Raised by 19 people in 33 months
Created April 21, 2016
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Milethia Thomas
33 months ago
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Dan Wicksman
33 months ago

You had me when you typed "Arse wank bollocks!"

DJ
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David Jacobson
33 months ago
LG
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Les Grice
33 months ago

It's what we agreed!

CC
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Craig Connolly
33 months ago

Excelsior!

JH
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Jo Hardy
33 months ago

I wish it could be more, but hopefully it will nudge you to your goal. just remember to write some quilts in to your stories and give me the commission ;-) x

CJ
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Chris Jones
33 months ago
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Nick Jackson
33 months ago

Good luck, Fiona - enjoy the experience!

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33 months ago
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