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About Margaret Ousby
I am a prize winning short story writer, award winning scriptwriter and creative copywriter. I have earned my living as a professional writer all my working life.
My short fiction has been published and drama scripts broadcast on UK TV - The Bill, Familiy Affairs, and a short film The Thrid Party, (C4). I have sold the options for several feature film scripts, one of which, Lizzie's Test, went into turn-around a week before principle photography was due to begin due to lack of funding. I am currently working on a novel version of Lizzie's Test.
I also work as a copywriter and corporate scriptwriter. I have written and produced several documentaries, information films and dramatised training films for The Foreign and Commonwealth's Film Unit. For my corporate clients I run workshops to bring creatiivity to the owrkplace and using creative thinking to enhance business writing.
WRITING AWARDS AND PRIZES
First prize, short story competition,Winchester Writers’ Festival, ‘Over the Fence’
EMDA (MEDIA II) Script development award for 'Lizzie’s Test'
TAPS (Teddington Arts Performance Showcase) Writer’s Showcase at Teddington Studios Nominated for ‘Writer of the Year’ award (Runner-up)
‘MA Writing (Prose Fiction), Merit, Middlesex University, London
National Film and Teleivision School, Beaconsfield. Scriptwriting programme.
North by Northwest. Professional script development workshops in UK, Holland & Denmark (MEDIA II scriptwriting programme). EU sponsored workshops for European writers, working with scriptwriting tutors from University of Southern California
SOURCES. Professional script development workshops in UK & France (MEDIA 95 training programme) EU sponsored workshop for European writers
Training the Arts-based Trainer’ Arts and Business, London. Developing and delivering arts-based creative workshops for adults
National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), Leeds. Running creative writing workshops for adults and developing creative writing exercises