Writing for TV Intensive

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Do you have a great idea for a TV show but need some help to take your idea to the next level? Learn the fundamentals of creating viable and original TV drama or comedy series concepts, including working in a team writing environment, in this five-day intensive course.

The course covers:
  • the process of concept creation from idea inception to concept presentation

  • the structure of a TV series with and without commercials

  • how to run A, B and C storylines using theme and structure

  • how to structure a 5 act episode

  • how to create a written pitch

  • writing as part of a team on an existing show

  • the role of a Story Producer and how the plotting room works

NOTE: Participants will not work on their own concepts in this class, but learn skills and techniques to apply to their own ideas after the course by creating a series idea in class groupwork and participating in a practice pitch with guest TV Network Executive Sue Masters, SBS Drama.

Pre requisites: All you need is a passion for writing, some great ideas and lots of enthusiasm for working in TV Drama or Comedy.

About the Course Lecturer: Holly Lyons

Holly Lyons is a writer and Script Producer with extensive experience in Australia and the UK. She has worked for Home and Away (Network Seven) in various roles, including Script Producer, Script Editor and writer. In the UK, Holly co-created the action comedy, Help! I’m a Teenage Outlaw. (ITV) Holly was the sole script editor on Emmerdale, and later became staff writer, She worked on Crossroads as Series Script Executive. She wrote the pilot script for the animated series, Hana’s Helpline and wrote the pilot for Horrid Henry, based on the books by Francesca Simon. Holly participated on an EBU course, where her original series was awarded the prize of 15,000 euros and a development deal with the BBC. Holly also worked as a Development Executive for Granada Kids in London where she was attached to several shows, including Jacqueline Wilson's ‘Girls in Love’, ‘My Parents Are Aliens’ and ‘24Seven’.

Other credits include: Neighbours (Fremantle), Skinner Boys & Sam Fox Extreme Adventures (SLR Productions) Dani’s House (The Foundation), Sadie J (BBC), Bananas in Pyjamas (Southern Star), My Parents are Aliens (ITV), My Almost Famous Family (BBC) Fireman Sam (HIT), Buzz Bumble (Blue Rocket), Kuu Kuu Harajuku, (Moody Street Productions)

Holly lectures in screenwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and is the founder of Screenwriting Scriptease. Holly is co-chair of the Australian Writers’ Guild NSW Committee, organising panels, Q & As and masterclasses and social mixers for members.

What previous students have said about this course:

‘Love the facilities and vibe of AFTRS. Best people from the business give insight that you can’t get anywhere else. Best value for money.’

‘Learned a lot! Would recommend to anyone interested in TV writing & series development.’

‘The focus on practical skills & industry practice made this course very good value.’

‘This course completely exceeded my expectations. I loved it! I felt the course covered a lot of content and am feeling like I learnt a lot of knowledge I can apply in the real world.’

‘It was amazing to hear from someone with so much experience in the industry. It was exactly what I needed.’

10% Early Bird Discount is valid up to 28 days from start of the course.

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