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Writing for TV Intensive

Behind the Scenes of 'The Adviser' | Dir. Juhyun Pak

Explore Writing for TV

In this five-day intensive course you will learn the fundamentals to devise an original TV drama or comedy series. You’ll analyse the flawed protagonist, and how to place them in the most challenging story world. You’ll learn basic plotting skills, and how to generate story ideas to ensure your original series has a strong story engine – so you can prove it has legs. You’ll embrace working in a collaborative environment, an essential skill for any television writer and learn pitching skills from an expert. The week concludes with a pitching session to an industry guest where you will receive instant feedback on your concept.

Learn the process of concept creation from idea inception to concept presentation, and how to analyse what makes a successful television series, and apply that to your own material.

Understand the structure of a TV series with and without commercials and gain basic plotting skills, using existing series as a template, including children’s, drama and comedy.

Discuss the essentials needed for a strong premise; how to craft a logline with impact and generate story ideas to prove your series has legs.

Is the Writing for TV Intensive right for you?

Do you have a great idea for a TV series but need to learn about the industry and get some more skills to take it to the next level?

During the course, you will work on a completely new idea in groups. You’ll create an original television series, devise characters, and their environment.  You’ll create a one sheet to help market your original series, including images, logline, tagline and synopsis. These are essential elements when it comes to creating an original series which you can then apply to your own work.

During the week you will write audition scenes to explore your character’s voice, and share with the class. You’ll use pitching skills learnt and practiced during the week in groups and you’ll pitch to an industry professional.

There’ll also be the opportunity to discuss pathways to access the screen industry, and learn from an industry professional

Please note, this is a very practical course and focuses on tasks and exercises rather than theory.

What you will need

All you need is a passion for writing, creative ideas and lots of enthusiasm for working in TV Drama or Comedy. Participants will not work on their own concepts in this class, but learn skills and techniques to apply to their own ideas after the course by creating a series idea in class group work and participating in a practice pitch with a guest TV Executive.

It’s a busy, intensive five days, and you will want to do some work in the evenings so plan for that – and get lots of sleep!

This course is only open to students aged 18 +.

Writing For Tv Intensive Offerings


01 Feb 2021 to 05 Feb 2021
Mon - Fri, 9:30am-5pm

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.

AFTRS, Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park NSW 2021

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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