TUESDAY EVENINGS 6.30pm to 8.30pm for 8 weeks
Start date: Tuesday 2 May 2017 End date: Tuesday 20 June 2017
By popular demand, we are running a shorter term, weekly version of our hugely successful TV scriptwriting course this term.
Want to learn the ins and outs of writing for the episodic TV market? Got an idea for a new TV series or serial? This course is intended for writers who want to develop original ideas and scripts specifically for television. The course will take place weekly on Tuesday evenings for eight weeks.
Students should come ready to write and try out different formats - all in a supportive workshop environment.
By the end of the 8 weeks, students will have all the skills they need to then write up their own original scripts ready to be presented to commissioners, and ready for schemes such as the annual Red Planet Prize, the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award and BBCWritersroom.
We will cover:
- The structure of modern scripted television (series, serials and sitcoms)
- How episodic storytelling works
- Plotting long-form storylines
- Maintaining dramatic tension and conflict in episodic storytelling (students will learn how to write effective TV episode scripts)
- Writing great dialogue and visuals for the TV screen
- Writing and revising the screenplay
- Writing the treatment proposal for an original television idea
- Advice on approaching commissioners and agents
Classes will be a combination of tutor led workshop, lots of writing, reading of work, and peer critique. You must be willing to do your own writing inside and outside of the classroom meetings.
Classes will take place from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday evenings.
Who’s the course for?
Writers keen to learn the craft of telling stories over more than one episode; TV writers keen to polish their script skills; Script Editors, Script Developers interested in understanding how stories are created and strapped across a TV series length; anyone working in the industry that needs to know more about storytelling and how to structure story ideas.
Douglas Dougan began his career writing for series television at BBC, Channel Five & ITV (Casualty, Family Affairs, Doctors, River City, The Bill, Kingdom). In 2006, he set up Fluid Eye Productions, an independent production company based in Edinburgh. Among their credits are the BAFTA award-winning Run, Tony, Run! and BBC Three Award winner Mono. He has also created the CITV series Zoe’s Point of View. Douglas works regularly as a script editor and script consultant on UK film and television productions including the multi-BAFTA award winning dramas Margaret, Small Island, Five Minutes of Heaven, Occupation, Sex ‘n’ Drugs ‘n’ Rock & Roll and '71.
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Skriva Writing School
Skriva Writing School is Edinburgh's only independent creative writing school, offering courses, workshops and events in all areas of writing: prose, poetry, screenwriting and beyond. All courses are taught by working writers and are focused on developing students' talents. Situated in the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre in Edinburgh's west end, 5 minutes from Haymarket rail station.