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Writing a TV Series

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Become a TV Series Writer

Learn the fundamentals of creating viable and original TV drama and comedy series concepts in this ten-week 100% online course. This course will guide you through the process of concept creation – from idea inception to concept presentation.

Explore 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

Explore a wide variety of learning activities in a lively online text chat forum including viewing and analysis of existing drama and comedy

Is Writing a TV Series right for you?

Do you have a great idea for a TV series? You should begin this course with the germ of an idea for a TV drama or comedy series – one that has not yet been developed into a concept or script, to work on during the course as an ongoing exercise.

You will not have completed scripts by the end of this course – the focus is on learning how to develop an idea that has a strong story engine, and characters that can keep a series alive and engaging. You will have the tools to develop other ideas after the course.

You don’t need to be an experienced writer to benefit from this course, but you do need to have a passion for storytelling and watching a lot of Television.


Other courses that covers aspects of screenwriting are Intro to Screenwriting and Screenwriting for Film: Online.

Meet Your Tutors

The following tutors deliver on alternating course runs. Susan Bower will be delivering the April 2024 run and Vicki Madden will be delivering the June 2024 run

Susan Bower

Susan Bower is a passionate storyteller who works as a writer, script editor, development team member, script producer, show runner,…

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Vicki Madden

Victoria Madden is a Producer, Writer and Showrunner with over 30 years’ experience in the television Industry both in Australia…

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What you will need

You will need to dedicate at least 10 hours per week to self-directed study, plus one two-hour online Zoom video chat session.

You will also be required to devote time to TV viewing and the production of written exercises which will receive feedback from the course lecturer.

The course is delivered online through our Online Learning Environment (Moodle) and using Zoom video conferencing.

You will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a camera, sound and a reliable internet connection for the evening Zoom video sessions.

Writing A Tv Series Offerings


03 Jun 2024 to 11 Aug 2024

10 weeks with video chat sessions Wed 7pm-9pm AEST. First chat session Wed 5 June

Early Bird Course Price:

This is the standard course price including the early bird discount, as it is currently more than 14 days from commencement of the course.

You will need a computer with speakers, a microphone & webcam (built-in, USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth), and good internet connection

For more information please email shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877 or to register for future offerings click here


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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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