Writers Retreat

An Introduction to Screenwriting with Writer Rick Laxton

An Introduction to Screenwriting

with TV writer ​ Rick Laxton 

When: tbc





Price: £99pp

*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 workshop will take place in a lodge on a small holiday complex called Rocklands Lodges, which is situated 3 miles outside of the picturesque market town of Pickering, North Yorkshire and 45 min car journey north of York.


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 stay in a local B&B. 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.

This can be paid via PayPal. 


Please call:

07824517599 or 01759 318192 

Or book online


to reserve your space today.

Accommodation is separate

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In this workshop, Rick will use practical exercises to guide you through the crucial elements of writing for screen. Topics to be covered include - creating effective ch...
An Introduction to Screenwriting
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• Workshops must be paid in full at the time of booking via BACS or PayPal

• Cancel Less than 20 days and the full amount is liable. If we can rebook your place we can refund your money.
• Cancellations less than 14 days before arrival the full amount is liable.
• If we need to cancel a full refund will be given to each participant


“The workshop is educational and should not be considered as a job interview or audition. Attending workshops is not a way to obtain employment as an actor. It is a learning/educational experience. The presence of a Casting Director is neither a guarantee nor a promise of employment. Contact with a Casting Director at a workshop rarely results in any further contact with that Casting Director, Director, Producer or any company affiliated with that Casting Director.”

Travel costs incurred by the student are not the responsibility of  FIRST TAKE WORKSHOPS  Please note that in the event of cancellation due to adverse weather, transport disruption or illness of either the industry professional or student, FIRST TAKE WORKSHOPS take no responsibility and are not liable for any costs associated with travel/overnight arrangements that are made and paid for in advance where the event does not subsequently take place at the designated time and date.  All efforts will be made to reschedule where at all possible.   Your responsibility It is the responsibility of the actor to ensure that any prep required for a workshop is received and worked on in good time. It is not the responsibility of FIRST TAKE WORKSHOPS if the student is unprepared for the workshop/ and does not have suitable materials with him/her to perform. It should be assumed that no facilities to copy or print speeches will be available at the venue.



The workshop venue is on the site of self-catering family-run holiday complex Rocklands Lodges, which is situated in 3 acres of trees and gardens.


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

  • 1 night ( Sunday only) 

  • 2 nights

  • or 3 nights


Special Offer:

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 


On-site there are a variety of options with lodges for 2 people or family lodges for 4 people, most have hot tubs!

You can see the full range of lodges at www.rocklandslodges.co.uk    

If you didn't want to stay at Rocklands Lodges, there are plenty of B&B's in Pickering to choose from.  If you live locally you can just come to the workshop without staying over.



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