Zella Compton’s Scriptwriting Workshop

It’s been an exhausting week. So today, I was glad that I invited Zella Compton to run a scriptwriting course at The Writers at Lovedean. How marvellous to be able to sit back and enjoy the workshop?

Zella is a children’s book author, newspaper columnist and has just sold a play Girl in the Hood, to an educational publishers. Her play Five Beaches has just finished its run in Southwick after nearly a year-long tour, which I think is quite an achievement.  So, I was delighted she agreed to come along to the group to give us some writing tips.

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Zella in a couple of literary festivals, and not only is she a talented writer, but she’s good fun to be around.  Today was no exception, Zella had made a list of deaths listed on gravestones. She then numbered them.  We picked a number and found a death to write about. Mine was ‘lashed to the mast of ship.’ It was an excellent starting point for a monologue pieces. Other exercises helped us to hone our opening lines. We even manage to write and perform a few short pieces.




It was hard work, and definitely forced most of us to write outside our comfort zones.  But best of all, good fun was had by all.

Zella’s book,  Ten Rule about Skimming can be found here:



Girl from the Hood




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