Writing for TV Part 2 Online

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From Concept to Script is a ten-week online course designed to guide you in the journey from a developed concept through to the structuring of a first draft pilot. From logline to scene breakdown, you will learn strategies to get prepared for writing a first draft of a television series episode.

This course is suitable only for students who have already completed the Writing For TV online course OR you must start the course with a developed, solid concept. If you have not completed the Writing for TV online course, please contact us to discuss your series concept before enrolling.


Each week you will be set assignments (including viewing) and homework to deliver, plus there is a weekly online class (Wednesday evenings 7 – 9 pm).

Elements of the course will include:
• developing characters and story arcs
• practical writing skills to help create a scene breakdown, hooks, commercial breaks, turning points
• tips to create dynamic scenes.

There will be some actual scene writing exercises, and by the end of the course you will work towards having a completed scene breakdown and a few key scenes written. The aim of the course is to give you the tools to complete it in your own time after the course has ended.

Warning - the workload for this course will be heavy and participants will need to do substantial work on their own to achieve the outcome. You will be expected to watch episodes and read scripts of nominated TV shows. You should allocate at least 10 hours each week plus the two hour chat session to get the most from this course.

Don’t worry – all the work will be worth it!

What previous students have said about this course:

I've a new appreciation for what it takes to construct a series. Most of this is due to our lecturer Alexa Wyatt, whose great experience, patience, eye for detail, generous demeanour and constructive, articulate feedback made learning this new discipline a terrific adventure.

About the Course Lecturer:

Alexa has worked as a story liner, script editor, script writer and script producer for over 20 years on series including E Street, Heartbreak High, Big Sky, Police Rescue, All Saints, Home and Away, Water Rats, Neighbours and Rescue Special Ops. She worked on the hugely successful series McLeod’s Daughters from conception, helping write the bible that saw the show commissioned by the Nine Network, to writing the final script, 224 episodes later. She held the position of Script Producer on the series several times, and as such was responsible for overseeing the script department in Sydney plotting all the stories, liaising with writers all over Australia, the post production office in Sydney, the production office in Gawler (South Australia) as well as the Nine Network.
Since then she has developed several television drama series for producers in Australia and New Zealand, received funding for a feature film from Screen Australia (Executive Producer James M Vernon) and for the last four years worked as senior script editor on three series of the children’s drama series Mako Mermaids for Jonathan M Shiff Productions and Netflix. She is currently developing a new drama series for Channel 7 and has received funding to develop a new children’s drama series.

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