Aspö Writing Lab ASPÖ 2018


Aspö Writing Lab is back were it all started, on our annual summer camp on the creative Aspö Island, Karlskrona archipelago Sweden. Our goal: Stronger screenplays enriched by diversity.

We are exited once again to collaborate with award winning professor, screenwriting coach and Wift member Marilyn Horowitz, New York, writer and director Jenifer Malmqvist, writing coach Fredrik Lindqvist and many more of the best creative minds in the industry. Join us on Aspö, August 21 - 26th 2018.


What you get

  • The structure and craft of screenwriting
  • Your key-scene performed and filmed by professional actors
  • Learn what producers want (and don't want) in a screenplay and why diversity matters
  • Develop your screenplay or idea / free consultation 
  • Network with writers, filmmakers and experts in the industry

The structure and craft of screenwriting

Learn the structure and craft of screenwriting, with examples from award winning professor Marilyn Horowitz, New York  'How to write a screenplay in 10 weeks' and Swedish best-seller Fredrik Lindqvist 'Att Skriva Filmmanus' ('How to write Screenplays'). 

Your key-scene  performed by professional actors and filmed

Have a key-scene from your screenplay performed by professional actors and filmed - an opportunity to improve not only your scene, but your entire screenplay. An unique opportunity to explore the craft of screenplays with some of the best minds in the industry. 

What a producer wants (and doesn't want!) in a screenplay - and why diversity matters
Skype sessions with producers who will discuss what producers want and don't want in a screenplay, 

Diversity and stereotypes

Explore what happens to a screenplay when stereotypes are changed, and the importance of diversity. 

We watch and analyze film, and work in progress  by Aspö Writing Lab delegates.

Since our start in 2016, Aspö Writing Lab has fast developed a network in the film industry, amongst writers, directors, actors, photographers and filmmakers in Sweden, New York, Los Angeles, London, Finland, Norway and Berlin. Welcome to our family!


PROGRAM (note, changes are foreseen)

Tuesday August 21st (12am – 8pm) Drop in Brunch from 10 am

  • Coffee / Brunch
  • Welcome introduction & who we are and what we do
  • Writing Class I – Premise question 
  • Scenes analysed/filmed with director Jenifer Malmqvist and actors

Wednesday August 22nd (10am-8pm)

  • Coffee / Brunch
  • Writing Class II –  Plot & Turning points
  • Scenes analysed/filmed with director Jenifer Malmqvist and actors
  • Meet Aspö Island

Thursday August 23rd (10am-8pm)

  • Coffee / Brunch
  • Writing Class III – Diversity & stereotypes
  • Scenes analysed/filmed with director Jenifer Malmqvist and actors
  • Joint mingel / Film Jam - show your work in progress

Friday August 24th (10am-8pm) 

  • Coffee / Brunch
  • Writing Class IV – Scenes with Fredrik Lindqvist
  • Scenes analysed/filmed with director  and actors
  • Dinner at the Citadel (optional, own expense)

Saturday August 25th (10am-8pm) 

  • Coffee/Lunch
  • Writing Class V – cont'd with Fredrik Lindqvist
  • Scenes analysed/filmed with director and  actors
  • Professor Marilyn Horowitz, New York: Make your Longline sell (SKYPE)

Sunday August 26th (9am-3pm) 

  • Coffee / Brunch
  • Special Guest,  Katarina Mazetti (TBC)
  • Writing Class VI – cont'd with Fredrik Lindqvist
  • Pitch & network @ London Screenwriters Festival  LSF

Aspö Writing Lab ASPÖ ISLAND 2018 is proudly produced in collaboration with Karlskrona Kommun, Film i Sydost, Carl International Film Festival (CIFF), London Screenwriting Festival (LSF)  and Kulturforum Aspö.


Your application should include:

  • A few words about yourself and why you'd like to join Aspö WritingLab on Aspö Island
  • If you have a project / an idea: A treatment, or work in progress / a key scene from your screenplay,  or a few words about an idea you might have.
  • Food restrictions and / or other important information you think we should know. NOTE! There are ticks in the Swedish archipelago, that might carry diseases such as borrelia or TBE. Vaccination recommended.

Send your bio and any added material as a pdf to:


Deadline for application: August 15th



Apply here or use the email address above to send in your application. 


Aspö Writing Lab Aspö 2018


 A one week Writing Lab


Aspö Writing Lab Cottages

PRO and

The Citadel


August 21 - 26th, 2018


Once  your application has been accepted you will recieve an invoice. You can then secure your place by paying the class fee.

  • Class fee: 2500 SEK + VAT (Student 1500 SEK)
  • Included: Writing Lab + brunch/coffee/vegan mingel food 
  • Free screenplay feedback in private consultation with Birgitta Liljedahl / Marilyn Horowitz
  • NOT included: Travel, accommodation


If you have any questions concerning this class, please contact Birgitta Liljedahl: