At ChipLitFest and with our partner short story website,, we are very proud of the range and quality of writers' workshops that we offer. Every April and November, we run a Trade Secrets event - a day-long intensive workshop that explores in depth a particular area of writing which is run by tutors with vast experience of working within their chosen field. 

In Nov 2017, we are very excited to bring screen and script writers Ginny Davis, Maggie Innes and Mark Norfolk to guide attendees through the journey to successful writing for radio, stage and screen. A lot of modern consumption of literature is via script writing - radio plays, movie adaptation of novels, innovative interpretation of the classics on stage. Writing is definitely not only done in prose, so join us to learn the trade secrets of scriptwriting. 

Mark Norfolk is currently an associate lecturer in screenwriting at Birkbeck University and he writes for stage and screen. His work includes Shakespeare adaptations and contemporary dramas.

Maggie Innes made the move from magazine journalism to scriptwriting, her first script winning the Goldsmiths Short Screenplay Competition. Amongst her many writing projects she currently writes for BBC1's Doctors.

Ginny Davis became a full-time writer and performer having worked as a translator and a barrister. Her one-woman comedies had huge success at the Edinburgh Fringe and her recent courtroom drama has gained awards and sell-out audiences.

All attendees will have the opportunity to submit a sample of their work to by 13 November for consideration by Mark Norfolk or Maggie Innes. Attendees are encouraged to submit as early as possible, as this way their work is likely to receive more attention. However, for those who book at the last minute, they are welcome to send their work in as soon as they book, or to bring a hard copy of their work on the day. All work will be considered.

Submissions can consist of a synopsis or introduction, AND/OR up to 5-10 pages of a play, a radio play or a screenplay.


9.15 - Arrive

9.30 - 10.30 Mark Norfolk, Playwright: ‘Writing for Radio and the Stage’

10.30 – 10.45 Coffee Break

10.45 - 11.45 Mark Norfolk will comment on attendees’ play and radio play submissions

 5 min break

11.50 - 12.50 Ginny Davis: ‘How I Took My One-Woman Play To Edinburgh’

12.50 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 15.00 Maggie Innes: ‘Writing for the Screen’

15.00 – 15.15 Coffee Break

15.15 – 17.30 Maggie Innes will comment on attendees’ screenwriting submissions