Writing Ourselves In: A Workshop in Television & Webseries Writing for Aspiring LGBTQIA+ Screenwriters

There are nearly no current queer* characters or shows in Australia, that appear online or on commercial TV. That leaves us with one option: get the skills to write ourselves in.

This two-hour workshop with multiple award-winning and acclaimed screenwriter Julie Kalceff, gives aspiring LGBTQIA+ screen writers the opportunity to develop an idea that reflects their own experiences and community into the beginnings of a webseries, or television series. Most unique to this workshop is that it is an environment that celebrates non-normative experiences of gender and sexuality, alongside offering professional development in screen writing.

Over the course of the workshop, participants will learn about the writing process and how to plot a story for the screen. Participants will be given a unique insight into the creation of a web series, the new pathways and opportunities online content presents and the changing television landscape. The workshop will also explore how to approach planning and generating production, funding options, common pitfalls, release strategies and how to reach an audience.

Places in this workshop are free, but are limited to 15 people. First in, best dressed. If you are unable to attend at any point prior to the event and you have booked a place, please let us know: this workshop is in high demand, and there will be a waiting list lined up to fill your place, even if you have to cancel the night before.



Following the workshop, head to Muse Books and Wine, where Julie will also be appearing at our preview event Room to Move in partnership with LAMBDA Lit Fest in Los Angeles.


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Julie Kalceff is an award-winning writer, director and producer. A graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School with a Masters Degree in Scriptwriting, Julie has been working in the film and television industry for over 15 years. Julie is the creator, writer, director and a producer of the international hit multi-platform drama Starting From Now. Attracting both critical and popular acclaim, the series is one of Australia’s most successful multi-platform projects. It has amassed over 30 million views, been watched in over 230 countries, and was sold to and played on broadcast television in Australia.

Starting From Now has screened on the global festival circuit, winning a number of awards including the Audience Award at the Mardi Gras Film Festival, 2016; Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series and Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series at LA WebFest, 2016; and Best Web Series at She Webfest, 2015. Julie was the sole writer and director on all 30 episodes of the series and was a producer on all five seasons.

With Starting From Now, Julie went against the online comedy trend and created a web series model which is now used as a case-study around the world. She is highly sought after as a speaker, panelist and judge at industry events and festivals. Julie’s award-winning short films have also screened in numerous festivals around the world. Her short, ex, was an official selection at over 20 film festivals, winning awards such as the Panavision Award, My Queer Career: Mardi Gras Film Festival, and Best Gal’s Short, Phoenix International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. She was a writer/director on the 2011 web series The Newtown Girls.

Julie received development funding through Screen Australia’s Gender Matters initiative and is currently in development on her half-hour drama series Torn. Julie is the founder and director of the Sydney-based production company Common Language Films. Common Language Films focuses on developing and producing high quality stories for the screen, utilizing humour to tell dramatic, character-driven, female-centric stories that appeal to a wide audience.