The course tutor for YAFTA’s Applied Screenwriting Diploma Course is University Lecturer and experienced TV scriptwriter, Simon Stirling.
Simon trained as an actor at LAMDA before turning professional as a full-time freelance scriptwriter. In a diverse career, he has written for mainstream television drama series, developed new TV drama projects for a range of media companies and broadcasters, scripted programmes for the Open University and won a Writers’ Guild Award for ‘Best Original Drama Series’, as well as publishing a number of history books.
He has been a film and television consultant for SCRIPT (Arts Council England/Screen West Midlands) and has taught a great many workshops and courses in scriptwriting, some of them under the auspices of the UK Film Council.
Currently, Simon lectures in Screenwriting at the University of Worcester and is developing new drama material for the international market.
Simon’s TV writing credits include but are not limited to: The Bill (Thames TV) Between the Lines (BBC/Island World) Back-up (BBC) Soldier, Soldier (BBC) Casualty (BBC)