Writing for TV Online

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Learn the fundamentals of creating viable and original TV drama and comedy series concepts in this ten-week online course.


This course will guide you through the process of concept creation - from idea inception to concept presentation.

Specific areas to be explored are the creation of a dramatic world, the 'what if' conceptual question, development and creation of a dynamic protagonist, the use of secondary characters, primary and secondary storylines and assembling a series concept document.

The course comprises ten modules with a wide variety of learning activities in a lively online text chat forum and includes:

  • Viewing and analysis of existing drama and comedy

  • Online group activities

  • Individual assignments and tutor feedback

You will also be supplied with course notes for individual download.


“I was hesitant about enrolling for the course due to cost and the course being online. However I found the interaction was at least as good as doing a course in person and the feedback provided was worth the price of admission alone.”

"I went into the course wanting to not feel intimidated by the idea of writing a script, which I had never done before, and since I've finished the course, I now have an entire episode drafted. Mission accomplished!"


This is an introductory course. You do not need to have any previous experience.


There is an online tutorial session every Tuesday evening 7 - 9pm AEST

First online Tutorial Tuesday 25th April 2017.

You will need to dedicate at least 8 hours per week to self-directed study, plus one 2-hour online session. You will also be required to devote time to TV viewing and the production of written assignments.

Susan Bower is a passionate storyteller who works as a writer, script editor, development team member, script producer, show runner, producer, executive producer and drama consultant on many television drama productions. Her credits include A Country Practice, Home and Away, Mirror Mirror, Sweat, Blue Sky, All Saints, McLeods Daughters, Little Oberon, Sea Patrol, and Canal Road among many others. All of these programs have sold extensively overseas.

Susan worked with FremantleMedia Australia (FMA) as the Executive Producer of the serial drama Neighbours, driving the evolution of both production and storytelling. After stepping down from this role, Bower continued with FMA as Drama Consultant working with the South East Asian Development Team. In 2014 Bower worked as Head of the Writing Team of A Place To Call Home Series 3 during the transition from free to air to cable sensibilities. The series broke ratings records for Foxtel.

As Director of Bower Bird Productions, Susan Bower has developed several drama series, a sitcom and BBP has bought the rights to Susan Kurosawa’s novel Coronation Talkies and Di Morrissey’s novel Tears Of The Moon. BBP also represents drama projects developed by other creatives. Susan Bower is delighted to re establish her relationship with AFTRS and play a part in their quest to assist creative people realise their goals.


You should begin this course with the germ of an idea for a TV drama or comedy show, one that has not yet been developed into a concept or script, to work on during the course.

To participate in this course you MUST have an internet connection (broadband wired OR wireless 3G or 4G/LTE), Google Chrome, and the ability to enable cookies within your web browser.

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 an enrolee wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations within 14 days of 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 Radio and School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the 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.