Writer-In-Residence Screenwriting Programme

October 20, 2016

The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Bermuda National Library, is offering “Tales from the Script”, a Writer-in-Residence Programme on Screenwriting, and has have extended the deadline to Monday October 24th due to Hurricane Nicole.

The programme will feature Bermudian filmmaker Lucinda Spurling, filmmaker of Rare Bird, The Lion and the Mouse, Poverty in Paradise, In the Hour of Victory, and Respice finem, as well as the screenwriter of The Empire of the Air, Me & Jezebel, and Seven Days for Mercy.

The cost of the workshop is $150 and it will take place from November 6 to November 26 on Tuesdays from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Thursdays from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, and Saturdays 10.00am to 12.30pm. Classes will be held at the Bermuda National Library on Queen Street.

To register, submit your contact information and a one or two sentence idea for a movie. For writing sample examples and formatting, go to the website, email vcsims@gov.bm, or collect from the office at 58 Church Street or from the Bermuda National Library.


The event flyer said, “Epic battles, passionate love scenes, chase sequences, comedic moments, and compelling subtext…do you have a screenplay idea?

“For 16 years, Bermudian Lucinda Spurling has told stories for the screen. Her documentary films have won awards at film festivals around the world and have been broadcast on PBS. The Lion and the Mouse, her 2009 three-part series for PBS, is narrated by Michael Douglas.

“In 2010 she broadened her horizons from the world of documentary into the world of narrative fiction. She has written screenplays based in London, Connecticut, and most recently Bermuda, collaborating on a screen adaptation of Island Flames. Jonathan Smith’s 2015 nonfiction book detailing the 1977 riots.

“From scene to sequence to page-turning thriller, learn about the peaks and troughs, mentors and villains, set-ups and payoffs that turn a screenplay into storytelling magic.

“Come away from the workshop with a systematic way to outline, plot. draft, revise and submit to agencies and producers.

“We have extended our deadline to Monday October 24th because of Hurricane Nicole.”

For more information, call Folklife Officer Dr. Kim Dismont Robinson on 292-1681 or visit the website.

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  1. Thinker says:

    Well done PHC! Transparency!

  2. art says:

    This is such a great opportunity for younger ppl in Bermuda to get involved. Also a great opportunity for anyone at any age. Every time someone like Lucinda and others do something like this on the island I don’t see a lot of Bermudians getting involved. So get involved. Lucinda obviously has major contacts in the entertainment biz, all the actors and potential writers out here who are trying to sell their books etc should take this class and make a business connection through her.
    There have been plenty of other people who came to the island and tried to put on workshops but for whatever reasons it does not work out then that person becomes very busy in the entertainment biz and can no longer teach. Or they moved etc. Such as Lana Young and others.
    It may come a time that Lucinda becomes too busy and can’t put these classes on anymore so I highly recommend this…