Storytelling Skills for Factual TV

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Are you a field producer, associate producer, researcher, editor or assistant editor wanting to take your career to the next stage?

This course is all about developing and honing storytelling skills for post-production writing in factual TV. Designed for aspiring “post producers” who wish to develop high level story structure and writing skills, the course also caters for “predators” (producer/editors) - a new role in the world of factual TV, requiring not only technical editing skills but also writing.


The intensive weekend course covers:

1. The principles of narrative development and storytelling in a non-drama production environment.

2. Structuring a story by clearly laying out the story components in an engaging order.

3. How to find and/or build a solid story from rushes and interviews - even when there doesn’t appear to be a clear story line.

4. Writing well signposted effective narration.

5. Writing tight paper edit scripts.

Through on-air examples, demonstrations and practical exercises using actual TV program rushes; participants will hone their writing skills with a focus on structure and storytelling.


“Paul was fantastic. Really clear and effective exercises delivered with years of experience and expertise. Loved the practical and relevant examples - very helpful. Thanks a million to Paul!” “Paul has an amazing ability to look at your work and immediately zone in to where the problem is lying. He is generous and encouraging with his comments. It was such a helpful 2 days.”


It is essential that course participants have experience in TV Factual, Reality, Current Affairs or Documentary production to get the most from this course. Take advantage of a unique opportunity to learn from successful TV practitioners who have decades of experience and are keen to share with and mentor the next wave of factual producers in Australia.


The main course lecturer is Paul Hawker whose credits as a freelance writer/producer include:

ABC - Changing Minds; Making Families Happy; Hospital Chaplains; Life’s Big Questions; CHANNEL 7 - House Rules; The Suspects; Find My Family; Airways; The Zoo; Hot Property; Sydney Weekender; CHANNEL 9 - Ready for Take off; What's Good For You; Farmer Wants a Wife; CHANNEL 10 - Recruits - Paramedics; Bondi Rescue; SBS - Who Do You Think You Are? Testing Teachers; DISCOVERY CHANNEL - Mythbusters; Deadly Women; Animal Planet - Bugging With Ruud; Mad Mike and Mark; NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC - Taboo; Green Car. FOX NETWORK - Long Liners.

Paul is currently Post Producing on ITV’s Hells Kitchen.

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The Australian Film Television Radio and School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.