Monthly Archives: July 2019

Screenwriting Workshop with Anjum Rajabali, in Pune (hosted by Living Bridge, in association with SWA)

Living Bridge Workshop, Aug 22-25, 2019
Our big Screenwriting Workshop is Back!

The last few years, especially 2018-19, have proved beyond doubt that without a good script – forget a good film – even a successful one is not possible today. On the other hand, so many ‘small’ films have had extraordinary runs simply because they had wonderful scripts backing them.No wonder then, that there’s a mad scramble in Mumbai for good scripts and for good writers, in every language.

Hence, we need more writers to up their game. By learning the craft of writing seriously, and by continuously upgrading it, polishing it.

Dates: August 22-25, 2019 
Timings: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM 

Venue: MCCIA, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune, Maharashtra

Fees (inclusive of lunch & tea/coffee on all days): INR11500/-
Contact: +919890000587 / +919823131486
Email ID:
To Register, please visit:

Limited Seats only!


Workshop Contents:

  • One day on the basics of screenwriting. Thinking up interesting PLOTS, discovering credible, empathetic CHARACTERS that breathe life into the plot. Giving an appropriate STRUCTURE to the screenplay. All this by referring to great examples.
  • One day dedicated just to SCENE DESIGN & DIALOGUE. Even with the best story and the most wonderful characters, your script can fail if your scenes are flat and your dialogue unnatural. We look at examples of wonderful scenes to learn how to write them.
  • Half a day on MYTHOLOGY, and how our two epics continue to influence modern Indian screenwriting and what can screenwriters learn from them.
  • Half a day on Joseph Campbell’s ‘HERO’S JOURNEY’ which offers rich insights into the underlying structures and rhythms of all forms of storytelling.
  • Half a day on ADAPTATION – how to create strong screenplays from existing sources like novels, stories, plays. Again with reference to good examples.
  • Two guest masterclasses. With SRIRAM RAGHAVAN (writer-director of Andhadhun) and with JUHI CHATURVEDI (writer of Piku, Vicky Donor)
  • One session on PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE – contracts, fees, copyright, legal information, SWA’s role, etc.
Workshop Instructor:
Anjum Rajabali is one of India’s best known screenwriters and teachers, with over ten feature-film credits including Raajneeti, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Ghulam and Drohkaal. He’s been a mentor at many Indian and international script labs and a script advisor and consultant for several well-known films, including Gangaajal, Mulk, Article 15. In 2004, he designed and set up the Screenplay Writing Course at FTII, and was its head for 12 years. Since 2006, he has been the head of screenwriting at Whistling Woods, Mumbai. Anjum regularly conducts screenwriting workshops, and has convened several national conferences, seminars, and fellowships on screenwriting. Anjum has been a senior activist at SWA since 2008.
This year, he has been chosen for the prestigious international teaching award, ‘Leading Pedagogue of the Year’ by CILECT, a federation of over 175 films schools around the world.


The Special General Body Meeting is for LIFE and REGULAR Members of SWA, with Identity Cards, only. Please, bring your valid SWA Membership Card along. Please, Do NOT bring any relative or guest with you.


Date: 20th July 2019

Dear Members,

Greetings from the Screenwriters Association.

A Special General Body meeting as recommended by the Executive Committee is to be held on Sunday, the 4th August 2019 (strictly for Life and Regular members of SWA) to amend the Constitution as per the following schedule:

Day & Date: Sunday, 04th August 2019

Venue: Flag’s Avant Garde, Albert Hall, Flags Building, Near Mark & Spencer’s, K. R. Basakhetre Road, Lokhandwala, Andheri (W), Mumbai – 400 053

(Click here for location. Link: )


10.00 to 10.45 AM – Breakfast

11.00 AM onwards – Special General Body Meeting – Followed by Lunch

This special meeting has been called to review, assess and pass the new proposed amendments in the Constitution of the Association. The proposed amendments have been thoroughly discussed in the Executive Committee and are now recommended to the General Body to be adopted and passed.

Friends, since long it has been felt that we must assess and re-evaluate ourselves to cope with the fast changing scenario of the Indian and International film and television industry. We have to update the ways of working of the Association to face the new challenges of the media and entertainment industry.

This involved documenting and double-checking the validity of all the proposals to amend clauses therein, doing independent research by scouring though the different relevant laws. It took months of the time and effort of Executive Committee in general and the Constitution Amendment Sub-Committee in particular.

We are enclosing/attaching herewith the clauses of the 2016 Constitution, which are to be amended along with the proposed 2019 amendments.

If you have any suggestion regarding these amendments/or new amendments please send them to the office of the Association by 27th July 2019 on or before 5.00 p.m. Failing which the member’s suggestion and proposal will not be entertained in the Special General Body Meeting.

I request all of you to please attend the meeting positively because the Constitution is a very important document which reflects the hopes and aspirations of screenwriters and lyricists and the future agenda of Screenwriters Association. Such meetings also give us an opportunity to meet our friends of the fraternity.

With regards,
Yours faithfully
For Screenwriters Association

Sunil Salgia
Hon. General Secretary


Download the ‘Proposed pointers for Constitution Amendment 2019’, at:

Download the Scanned PDF of this Covering Letter, at:


20 जुलाई, 2019

प्रिय सदस्य साथी,

स्क्रीनराइटर्स एसोसिएशन की ओर से नमस्कार!

सूचित किया जाता है कि 4 अगस्त 2019 (रविवार) को संविधान संशोधन के लिए एक स्पेशल जनरल बॉडी मीटिंग रखी गयी है। इस मीटिंग में सिर्फ़ एसडबल्यूए के लाइफ़ और रैग्यूलर सदस्य (LIFE and Regular Members) ही भाग ले सकते हैं। कृपया, अपना वैध एसडबल्यूए मेंबरशिप कार्ड साथ लेकर आएँ एवं किसी मित्र अथवा पारिवारिक सदस्य को साथ ना लाएँ।

सभी लाइफ़ और रैग्यूलर सदस्यों से अनुरोध है कि इस मीटिंग में ज़रूर आएँ, क्योंकि संविधान एक महत्वपूर्ण दस्तावेज़ है जो स्क्रीनराइटर्स और गीतकारों की उम्मीदों और एसोसिएशन के भविष्य की दिशा निर्धारित करता है। इस तरह की मीटिंग्स हमें अपनी इंडस्ट्री के लेखक साथियों से मिलने-जुलने का मौक़ा भी प्रदान करती हैं।

मीटिंग की रूपरेखा इस प्रकार रहेगी –

दिनांक और दिन: 4 अगस्त, 2019, रविवार
स्थान: फ़्लैग अवान-गार्ड, अल्बर्ट हॉल, मार्क्स एंड स्पेंसर के नज़दीक, के आर बसखेत्रे रोड, आदर्श नगर के पीछे, लोखंडवाला, अंधेरी (वेस्ट) मुम्बई – 400 053
प्रातः 10.00 – 10.45 बजे – अल्पाहार
प्रातः 11.00 बजे – स्पेशल जनरल बॉडी मीटिंग
नोट: मीटिंग के उपरांत लंच की व्यवस्था रखी गयी है।
स्पेशल जनरल बॉडी मीटिंग में संविधान संशोधन के लिए प्रस्तावित बदलावों की सूची:


कृपया, संविधान संशोधन से सम्बंधित अपने सुझाव हमें पर 27 जुलाई 2019 (शनिवार) को सांय 5.00 बजे से पहले तक ईमेल करें। ऐसा ना कर पाने की अवस्था में हम अमुक सदस्य के सुझावों पर एसजीएम में विचार नहीं कर पाएँगे। 


स्क्रीनराइटर्स एसोसिएशन की ओर से


सुनील सालगिया

मानद महासचिव, एसडबल्यूए