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Writing a TV Series: Online

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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.

The courses starting in June and September will be taught by Susan Bower. The course starting in July will be taught by Alexa Wyatt.

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: Online 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.

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.


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

Meet Your Tutors

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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Alexa Wyatt

Alexa has worked as a story liner, script editor, script writer and script producer on series including Janet King, Rescue…

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What you will need

This is an introductory course. You do not need to have any previous experience but a passion for writing is a must.

You will need to dedicate at least 10 hours per week to self-directed study, plus one 2-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 camera, sound and a reliable internet connection for the evening Zoom video sessions.


The June Course is taught by Susan Bower. The Zoom sessions start on Thursday 26 June (7-9pm) and finish on Thursday 3 September. There is a one week break – week starting 3rd August.

The July Course is taught by Alexa White. The Zoom sessions start on Tuesday 21 July (7-9pm) and will continue for ten weeks, except for week 9, where the Zoom session will be Wednesday 16 September.

The September course is taught by Susan Bower. The first Zoom session will take place on Thursday 1 October.

Writing A Tv Series: Online Offerings


28 Sep 2020 to 06 Dec 2020
Enrolments close Mon 21 Sept. 10 weeks with video chat sessions THURS 7pm-9pm AEST, first chat session THURS 1 OCT.

Early Bird Industry Price:

This price is available to all Australian screen and broadcast practitioners and includes the early bird discount as it currently more than 28 days from commencement of the course.

Early Bird Course Price:

This is the standard course price and includes the early bird discount as it currently more than 28 days from commencement of the course.


For more information call 1300 223 877, or register for future offerings.

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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