About Me

Project-page-imgAs you probably guessed my name is Sarah Watson. I’m a writer for stage and screen but I wasn’t always… My personal life has been one hell of a ride. I was a troubled child because of the life I was so-called “living” at that time. I went to behaviour support schools and never really completed much education. So imagine my surprise when in 2016 I applied for New Writing North’s Northern Rock Talent Fund and won. Me. Someone who had lived on the streets, had not one qualification to her name, a council estate resident, an ex mental health hospital patient etc. etc. the list goes on. What I’m trying to say is people like me don’t win anything. Well that’s what I thought, but I was wrong.

The team at New Writing North are dedicated to nurturing new talent. With their support I have received mentoring from the Award-winning writer  Carina Rodney. She has shown me how to develop characters that stay with you on-and-off the stage and screen. I feel as through I have had a thorough education in the art of scriptwriting from Carina, and will use the techniques she has taught me for the rest of my life.

I have also had help from Ruth Johnson. She has taught me to consider the differences between my job and the director’s job. I was one of those writers who liked to direct off the page. (Bear with me I’m still learning.) She has taught me the importance of  “show don’t tell.” How a thousand words can be said with a simple action, and the difference that can make.

Since meeting Carina and Ruth I have written several stage plays and have other projects in development. I have attended rehearsals with Curious Monkey theatre company shadowing their Artistic Director Amy Golding. I then went on to get my first professional writing credit in the form of screenwriter for Curious Monkey Theatre companys 360 film.

Recently I was chosen as a participant for BFI NETWORK Film Hub North short script labs.

There will be a rehearsed reading of extracts of these short films 24th October DINA Sheffield. For more info Click here

To Find out more about my work here. Or better still get in touch with me directly with any questions you might have.

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