Less is More writer workshop in Scotland

After its cancellation in April, the Less is More workshop in Scotland is moving online and will take place Monday 5th – Friday 9th October.

Less is More is one of Europe’s leading writer and project development programmes and Screen Scotland is offering the chance for 12 writers to take part in a LiM workshop.

Less is More Scotland Workshop

Less is More was set up to empower a generation of filmmakers intent on opening new avenues by tackling new issues.

LiM help writers turn creative limitations in to opportunities for innovation. Developed with low-budget feature production in mind, LiM supports writers to create successful scripts with limited characters, locations and crew by digging deeper into emotion, structure, themes and the power of the script’s story. LiM embrace limitations as a catalyst for exciting film experiences and in doing so, bring out a filmmaker’s unique imprint, enabling their work to stand out.

Less is More is a programme of Le Groupe Ouest who have been developing writers for over 10 years. Notable projects developed through LiM workshops include Cannes Camera d’Or winning Divines, Locarno Golden Leopard winning Godless and Cesar Award-winning The Innocents.

What will the Less is More Scotland workshop involve?

LiM will be running a week-long workshop for writers to develop their projects. The event will be led throughout by two international script consultants.

This programme will focus on ‘pre-writing.' The idea that the more that can be explored and determined prior to the writing process beginning, the more successful a first draft will be.

Participants apply with an outline for a project and over the course of the workshop the LiM tutors will use their story development methodologies to help the project reach its potential. The methodologies help to craft story, develop character and discover themes.

The workshop will focus on theatrical projects and is suitable for writers, writer/directors and creative producers. Writers from outside film writing are open to apply including novelists and playwrights.

Who is this workshop aimed at?

This programme aims primarily to help develop new writers who may have written shorts, short content for television or potentially a microbudget feature but are looking to move in to feature film writing. However, the LiM methodologies are valuable to anyone working at any level so more experienced writers are also open to apply.

The event is open to anyone based in Scotland and we are especially interested in receiving applications from writers from underrepresented groups.

When will the workshop take place and what does it include?

The workshop takes place Monday 5th October – Friday 9th October. It is expected that the workshop will run 9am to 5pm each day TBC.

There is no fee for taking part and access support costs such as PA and speech to text can be given if needed.

How to Apply

To apply for the LiM Scotland Workshop we require the following information:

  • a one-page project outline
  • a one-page motivation letter explaining why you want to attend
  • link to previous work (if relevant)
  • Alternatively, you can record a 4-minute video explaining your outline and motivation.

Please send these to screen@creativescotland.com with the subject header: LiM Scotland Workshop Application.

Anybody who had already applied to the Less is More event in April does not need to reapply.

The deadline to apply is Thursday 27th August 2020 at 11pm.


Supported by Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union, LIM | Less is More is a programme of Le Groupe Ouest