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Industry Certificate: Episodic Short Form

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Write for short-form narrative content

This course will help you develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with writing and creating short-form narrative content, and to learn the skills to tell brilliant stories. Main course lecturer is Julie Kalceff, one of the most successful Webisode Producer/Writers in Australia. Develop your own idea into a pitch document for a short form series, including at least one episode script, and then pitch it to an industry panel.

Learn how to utilise the online space and develop a creative idea suitable for a narrative web series or scripted podcast

Develop essential screenwriting skills, with practical exercises to improve your craft

The course will also include sessions on pitching, how to reach an audience, the importance of social media to promote your project, release strategies and funding options

Is Industry Certificate: Episodic Short Form right for you?

Short form episodic narrative content has become increasingly prolific over the past five years. While short films were once thought the best and only calling card for emerging filmmakers, more and more practitioners are choosing to tell their stories through narrative web series and scripted podcasts. The course will culminate in a final pitch to an industry panel.

This course is suitable for emerging writers and creative content producers who want to learn screenwriting and project development skills. Ideally, you will have writing experience on other platforms, but a passion for storytelling and the capacity to apply yourself to perfecting your craft are a must.

For more information and to get a full course outline please contact shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au

What you will learn
  • A deep understanding of screenwriting craft principles
  • Writing skills for the short form episodic narrative format
  • An understanding of the online landscape and the principles associated with creating effective short form episodic narrative content
  • An understanding of the importance of identifying and reaching a target audience
  • Pitching techniques
  • An understanding of funding options and release strategies for short form narrative series

What you will need

You’ll need to be able to dedicate at least 10 hours per week to reading and watching the online course content, participating in group discussions including a weekly video chat session, completing regular writing exercises and working on the development of your own project, ready to pitch it at the end of the course.

Attendance at the two weekend workshops is also mandatory ( at the beginning and end of the course).

The course is delivered 75% online, so you will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with camera, sound and a reliable internet connection for the evening Zoom video sessions.

Important information

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 you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with us via email that the course will be proceeding before you make your travel bookings. AFTRS is not liable for any travel costs incurred due to course postponement, cancellation, or any other circumstance.

If an attendee 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.

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