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It's a Tuesday which means we've got a list of #artsjobs and #opportunities for you all!

Stuff for creatives up and down the #UK from a range of #theatre disciplines including technical managers, directors, writers and more!

Check out the thread below🧵👇
Ricochet are seeking #writing submissions for our #writers #showcase Bulletpoints

Deadline: Fri 23rd June✍️

Pieces should be under 15mins and need no more than 4 actors

All applications can get feedback from our dedicated literary team


@KingsTheatre in Portsmouth are looking for a new #Technical Manager to join their #theatre team

PAID full time salaried position

Deadline: midday Thurs 22nd June

More info and apply:|43rKfGt

#Portsmouth #artsjob
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I've been reading about Sudowrite here on Twitter. The name of the company sounded familiar, and I recalled that someone who worked for that company -- Amit Gupta -- used to be a "contributor" on (@CrittersDotOrg). (1/6)
I went back to look at my notes from my interactions with him, and made a rather unpleasant discovery: (2/6) ImageImage
I never gave Amit my consent for my work to be "fed" to Sudowrite. It certainly did not create any amusement on my side. At the time, I didn't realize what Sudowrite might have been doing. (Also, @CrittersDotOrg is an open and supportive environment.) (3/6).
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Don't remember who suggested this, but finally it's here & I'll share my thoughts

The Laws of Human Nature by @RobertGreene

#backtoreading #BooksWorthReading #books #reading #bookthread #Thread Image
"If only we understood the roots of human behaviour" @RobertGreene
in Laws of Human Nature

Do you think we would have more protection? Against falling down or being plowed over?

#bookthread #BooksWorthReading #thread #books #Reading #relationships #humannature Image
An interesting argument to understand our human nature before we as a race struggle to communicate

@RobertGreene in Laws of Human Nature

#Thread #BookRecommendations #BooksWorthReading #bookthread
#relationships #Reading Image
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This is a good time to talk out a habitual weakness I think has harmed fiction and especially the fantasy genre as a whole.
The “hero” who is just kind of along for the ride rather than an active participant in his own story. 1
The setup of fantasy-adventures simply lends itself better to inborn specialness and outside forces conspiring to compel the main character along with no agency or real action of their own. 2
It’s that latter part that’s the issue. Nothing wrong with a character suddenly being thrust into adventure. It’s what they do that’s the real problem.
But it’s a heck of a lot harder to have this setup in a western, thriller, etc. 3
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📢TEN TIPS to help you find your voice as a writer📢

1. Discovering your writing voice takes time and practice. Don't be afraid to experiment and try new things.

#writingtips #WritingCommunity #creativity
2. Read widely and often to find inspiration for your own writing style. Never copy someone else's style, but learn from other writers to figure out what you like.

#amreading #writingvoice #writerslife
3. Tailor your voice to what you're writing. A contemporary thriller written as ancient Greek sophist probably won't work. But there are no rules and you never know until you try...

#writingcommunity #creativity #voice
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Thread. I know some #writers research & query at the weekend, so here: on independent - indie - #publishers. Clarification: authors who self-publish (good option) also call themselves indie, but here I'm referring to independent publishers. Get a drink and snack. I'm going in
1. Indie publishers are sometimes called indie presses or small publishers or small presses. What is this thing? A publisher that operates on its own, & is not part of any large corporation or conglomerate. They may be tiny - but not all; Bloomsbury; Canongate, for example
2. A lot of indie publishers allow you to query your book without an agent, but not all. Some may be open to queries year round and some have defined submissions windows - or occasionally a surprise submission window. Be on your toes: these are NOT always advertised in advance
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#AIArt is about to revolutionize #screenwriting! 🤯 As AI tools become more intuitive and easy to use, some think production companies might prioritize profit over storytelling & we'll be binging stunningly beautiful visuals paired with incredibly boring plots.. 🤔

A thread 🧵
1) We could be in for a wild ride here:
As with all technology, there is a risk of it being used in a way that strictly prioritizes profit. AI material might be used to create visually appealing stories that lack depth and originality
2) Yet AI will likely revolutionize screenwriting in a similar way it's currently enhancing visual expression and #AIArt!
Training models with dramaturgical data and narrative finesse is key. And it's already underway 💪 E.g. Dramatron, check @korymath's ImageImage
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Here's a technique for movie concept creation I currently experiment with:

Using #screenwriting devices to prompt #GPT3 for basic story ideas & plots and then using those to generate #midjourney #aiart images depicting key scenes, characters & settings...
Not only is this a huge time saver for #writers when brainstorming or trying out different dramatic scenarios, but you also get images that further spark your imagination...
... and this inspiration goes both ways: images create new approaches to dramaturgical twists or character development, and storytelling devices literally create new perspectives on the story 🤯
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Using AI image tools like @midjourney + @OpenAI for idea generation and plot/character inspiration is a real game-changer for #writers!

The possibilities are immense!
🧵 for the #writerscommunity
First: Goodbye #writersblock! AI image & text generation let us come up with creative solutions to problems we may have been stuck on for days!

They help us generate new perspectives on

- characters
- ensemble
- plot
- story structure & dramaturgy
- dialogue
- setting
There are plenty of AI text-generation tools out there but they won't magically create stories for you. 🪄🖊

They are awesome for copy & marketing content, but their fictional stories are often basic, repetitive, sometimes contradicting & most importantly lacking YOUR style!
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Les 100 meilleurs #livres marketing de tous les temps. 📚

De la psychologie, copywriting, business, influence, story-telling, finances, au growth hacking, voici les livres à lire absolument pour toute personne intéressée à devenir meilleure en marketing. 🚀

📚100. Influence : Science & Practice est une examination de la psychologie de la conformité (c'est-à-dire la découverte des facteurs qui poussent une personne à dire "oui" à la demande d'une autre personne).

#influence #psychology #marketing Image
📚99. Le best-seller du New York Times qui explique pourquoi certains produits et idées deviennent populaires.

#marketing #contentmarketing #newyorktimes #book #livre Image
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Happy #ShamelessSelfPromoFriday to the #WritingCommunity who is up for a #writerslift? Drop those links, retweet, follow your favorites and buy what you like. See mine in the comments below
My Current WIPS are The Queen and The Prophet
Skyfall Volume One
My second article on Police Abolition…
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Happy #ShamelessSelfPromoThursday to the #WritingCommunity who is up for a #writerslift? Drop those links, retweet, follow your favorites, and buy what you like. See mine in the comments below
My Current WIPS are The Queen and The Prophet
Skyfall Volume One
My second article on Police Abolition…
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Happy #ShamelessSelfPromoWednesday to the #WritingCommunity who is up for a #writerslift? Drop those links, retweet, follow your favorites and buy what you like. See mine in the comments below
My Current WIPS are The Queen and The Prophet
Skyfall Volume One
My recently published second poetry volume…
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They say that you need to read as many scripts as possible as a #writer but getting access to high quality scripts is always tricky. Fortunately these lovely folk are here to save the day:

#WritingCommunity #ScriptChat (1/6)
The @bbcwritersroom should be the first port of call for any aspiring or emerging #writers in the UK. Their website is absolutely packed with useful tips, tricks and script library.
#WritingCommunity #ScriptChat (2/6)
@PhilipShelley1 not only runs 4Screenwriting, one of the best #writing schemes available, but has also created a terrific script library on his website.
#WritingCommunity #ScriptChat (3/6)
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Things have been pretty hectic recently, but here's a thread of #writing competitions, development jobs & #filmmaking opportunities. Please share with anyone who might find it useful.

#WritingCommunity #ScriptChat #Writers
There's still time to apply to join the @bfinetwork as a Programme & Funding Manager. It's an incredible chance to work with @thealicecabanas & the @BFI team in championing #filmmakers across the UK.

Deadline: 11th July
#FilmJobs #TVJobs #ArtsJobs
There's several jobs available at @BBCFilm working with the wonderful @_eva_yates. First up, is a Commissioning Exec where you'd help find and nurture the most exciting voices in British cinema.

Deadline: 20th July…
#FilmJobs #TVJobs #Filmmaking
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More on 'feminine wiles' - I have been told more than once - BY WOMEN! - that these are 'anti feminist'. So are female antagonists or fem chrs doing appalling things.

When confronted with evidence of REAL female abusers, those commentators will say its cuz they 'had no choice'
It's obvious what is going on here: those commentators believe women are inherently helpless/victims of patriachy and thus incapable of creating coping strategies or utilising skills to deal with it.

Oooh boy. So much to unpack here
For starters, denying women have any agency is HELLA sexist.

So is the idea men are automatically hard-wired to be violent.

Plus they are 'evil' despite hardship making them do bad shit, whereas women literally get a 'get out of jail free' card cuz she 'can't help it'
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*New* article, More People Are Learning The Truth About ABA

Popular media has begun picking up on both the science and the sentiment…

#ADHD #Autistic #ActuallyAutistic #Autism #Neurodivergent #Neurodiversity #Writers #WritingCommunity #WritersLift #Write
In May, an opinion article was published in Fortune Magazine discussing the controversy surrounding ABA. Written by a lawyer named Ariana Cernius, the article outlines some of the problematic history & legal issues associated with ABA.…
This week, an article was published from my home province of Ontario. The reporter, @JessicaRDurling, included multiple perspectives in her story. Durling brought together voices from families, proponents of ABA, as well as Autistic self-activists who speak out about its harms.
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I’ve heard this said about my son on more than one occasion, “he seems to think he can do what he wants, and doesn’t have to do something if he doesn’t want to.”

Um, well, yes.

He’s a human being after all, with free will and autonomy.

#GentleParenting #Parenting #WritersLift
Certainly all of our actions have consequences, and I mean naturally-occurring consequences, not adult-imposed punishments.…

#MediumWriter #MediumBlogger #ParentingBlog #ParentingTips #ParentingAdvice #MentalHealthAwareness #ADHDAwareness #Oppositional
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The “Gold Standard” for Autistic Children.

So many Autistic people explain how & why ABA is abusive & harmful, yet many professionals continue to push it.…

#ADHD #Autistic #ActuallyAutistic #Autism #Neurodivergent #Neurodiversity #Writers #WritersLift
I have heard this line so many times: “They told me ABA therapy was the ‘gold standard’ for Autism.”…

#WritingCommunity #WritersSupportingWriters #ADHDSupport #CelebrateNeurodiversity #AutismAwareness #AutismAcceptance #AutisticPride #AutisticPrideDay
Professionals need to explain exactly what they mean by that, because gold standard is subjective; it will mean different things to different people.

Successful supports (as opposed to "therapies") will mean different things to different people.

What does it mean to the CHILD?
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Writers: I just served as a reader for a manuscript contest. I read 119 CNF essays.
#WritingCommunity #Writers

Things I learned/advice:

1) Follow instructions—no identifiers. If you’re “known,” don’t name siblings or famous parents either, or your essay won’t be blinded. 1/n
2) Writing about people, dead or alive, remember they have privacy rights. If writing about medical or therapeutic relationships, HIPAA laws protect individuals for 50 yrs after death. So change the damn names, or say they’re pseudonyms. (Unless you have written consent) 2/n
3) Ask a friend to read your piece out loud back to you—the best way to catch awkward sentences or imprecise language. Lean on your writing friends to tell you when something is not clear. Careful with unusual or clever words: be clear! 3/n
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Dear #writers, #writingcommunity,

In your scenes with sex, how much of you, the person, is in the scene?

Do you know?

Let’s investigate.
This is what I hear from writers:

“They’ll think I do this.”

“I don’t know if I can write body parts.” ⏩Embarrassment

“I’ll skip sex and write it later.”

“What if I don’t get it right?”
Writing sex in your story is an art and a craft.

Like sex, it is a learned skill.
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AVAIL for staffing. I just wrapped up in a room as a staff writer. If you have LL one hour drama needs, I’M AVAIL. Now I’m gonna go into a thread about some of the things I’ve observed/learned/reinforced etc. This isn’t a “how to,” so take w/grain of salt. Hope it’s helpful.
The SR has to want to invest in you esp as LL. Of course, script has to be knockout to get the SR mtg & your persona has to be a fit BUT SR has to want you and invest in you and your growth. This sometimes can trump even a mediocre script etc if they believe in your voice.
Related to that if you’re like me where you did fwsp, asst, sold stuff and no dice. Know it’s not personal. You’re doing okay and if someone hasn’t told you you’re awesome, I am. Sometimes being qualified is a part of it. Now it’s a matter not of if but when. Hang in there.
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Hiring woes and writers: Why is it a struggle? [Mini 🧵🧵🧵]

Some #writers are genius #marketers.

They plug into a company and intuitively understand pain points better than the internal team.

This is what many people are trying to hire for.

The biggest problems I've seen 👇
1) A company gets a taste of really great copy/content from a writer who under-values their worth.

That person eventually leaves when they recognize that.

The company has calibrated its mental budget to an early star's insecure rates - struggles to find a replacement.

2) A lot of companies are sitting on Fiverr or Upwork.

Their writer hiring strategy?

Hope that they randomly draw a name of a talented, undervalued writer out of thousands, maybe millions, of people calling themselves "writers"

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