WRITING FOR EXISTING TV DRAMA SERIES
FROM COMMISSION TO SCREEN
Most successful TV and film screenwriters have cut their teeth working on soaps and long-running TV series – it’s an established way into the business and a great way to build your reputation and contacts.
This two-day, hands-on course (running over two consecutive Sundays) will reveal behind-the-scenes secrets of how TV drama series operate, enabling you to move forward with confidence when you secure a writing gig on an existing show and equipping you to develop professional TV drama series projects of your own.
You will be introduced to the professional processes common in the industry, with plenty of practical experience along the way - paying particular attention to the technical issues you would face in the real world including those of continuity, logistics, cast and budget.
Meet like-minded individuals, all intent on writing for television. Students often stay in touch after the course and form invaluable support groups. All writers need constructive feedback and encouragement from their peers, to prepare them for the industry. Your classmates could well become "your people".
On Day 1 you will be:
Going behind the scenes to discover how a real show is put together.
You will develop a new character for an existing show and learn about episode structure & handling multiple storylines before receiving the brief for your "homework" exercise.
On Day 2, you will:
Receive professional feedback on your homework exercise
Develop a storyline for an existing TV series
Create a "beat sheet" and a more fleshed-out scene breakdown for your storyline
Receive tailored career strategy advice
Some homework will be required in-between the two sessions.
Please bring paper, pens, a laptop and your imagination.
*We offer the concessionary rate to all usual Concessions as well as to members of thee affiliated organisations: WGGB, Society of Authors, BECTU, WFTV & Directors UK. If you are a member of one of these organisations, please book at the concessionary rate and show your membership card to the course tutor at registration.
Sundays 3rd and 17th February 2019
(Registration from 10am on Day 1)
Workshop 10.30am - 5.00 pm
(With some TV viewing prep work required before the course and in-between dates)
(At the end of the Metropolitan line in the Chilterns, 54 mins from Baker Street; 15 minutes' drive from M25, 20 mind from M1, M40)
Max 8 people
PLEASE BOOK EARLY
Email or phone 07989 382549 (AFTER 18 January for phone calls)
Anji Loman Field has been writing drama for television, radio and film for over two decades. A former contract writer for EastEnders, she has also written for BBC’s Holby City and Doctors. She penned 40 episodes of Taste of Life for BBC Media Action in Cambodia and was the creator and show-runner of House of Many Windows, set in Vietnam. She has taught at the London Institute (LCP), West Herts College, the RCA and the Central Film School.
Her past students include Mike Bullen, creator of Cold Feet and writer/producer/director Sean McConville (Deadline; The Quiet Hour).