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Step inside the Writer’s Room and learn from one of Australia’s most experienced and beloved television screenwriter/producers, Jane Allen (Janet King, Cleverman) and respected writer/developer, Jessica Redenbach (Spirited, Rush) in a professional environment simulating a TV Writer’s Room. Over the course of a week in a stimulating and rewarding environment through a series of guided exercises you will be given a practical experience of how to work in a team writing envrioment and learn skills required to succeed as a professional television writer.


In this five-day screenwriting small group intensive workshop you will:
  • gain a practical understanding of all th roles in the writing department, from Writer to Show Runner, Script Coordinator to Story Producer;
  • collaborate on the plotting of a television hour in a professional setting;
  • find out how a professional Writers Rooms work, including common pitfalls and how to remedy or deal with them;
  • practice brainstorming and plotting in a professional Writers Room environment;
  • learn how to prepare for a job writing on an established on-going series including how to match an existent story world, tone and write for an existing set of characters;
  • do speed re-writing for scheduling restraints, and other script office tasks.

Please note to ensure learning outcomes, this course has a limited number of places and is likely to book out. You will be required to do at least 4 hours of preparation viewing in advance of the course. This course is suitable for writers with some experience and knowledge of screenwriting techniques and terminology. It is recommended that you have done our Writing for TV Intensive​ and/or Writing for TV Online​ before joining this course. Please contact us if you are not sure.
You will need to have watched the Netflix series THE OA, prior to the start of the course.
There are 8 episodes in the series and each episode is approximately 1 hour long.
This is critical, as the show will be referred to extensively throughout the course.

A former lawyer, Jane has most recently worked as writer and producer of the second series of the acclaimed ABC/Sundance TV sci-fi drama Cleverman, and was also a writer and script editor of the first series. She was previously script editor for the US series Hunters which aired on the SyFy Channel. From 2012-14, Jane co-produced, wrote and headed the script department for Crownies, as well as its political thriller spin-off Janet King. She participated in the Scribe showrunner development initiative through Playmaker Media and was writer and script producer on the second series of Nine Network’s hit series Love Child.

Jane has written and/or script edited on The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Tricky Business, McLeod’s Daughters, The Secret Life of Us, Blue Heelers, Stingers, and MDA. She also wrote for the children’s series Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures. Three years in-house writing and editing at Neighbours, and writing for Home and Away, mean Jane has extensive experience in serial drama as well as returning one-hour series.


Jessica Redenbach is an ADG award-winning writer/director, AACTA-nominated producer and an accomplished television screenwriter (Spirited, Rush). She is a highly regarded freelance developer, who has worked in writer’s rooms for over a decade, and has worked for most of Australia’s leading production companies, feature film distributors, screen agencies and broadcasters. As a writer and developer she has been mentored by Meg LeFauve (Pixar’s Inside Out) and continues to study with Joan Scheckel (Consulting Producer of Transparent, Creator of The Technique). Jessica teaches regularly for AFTRS Open.

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

Have any questions? Please get in touch: open@aftrs.edu.au or 1300 065 281


AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If a participant wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a fee. For more information on AFTRS Open's policies, including refund policies, please see our policies page​​


The Australian Film Television and Radio 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.