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Writing For Animation • The Story Academy • Saturday February 10th 2018

The Story Academy / Barbara Slade

Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (GMT)

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Barbara Slade is a renowned TV script-writer, with international animation credits including Rugrats, Sonic The Hedgehog and Winnie The Pooh. Join her for an inspirational TV script-writing masterclass, designed for anyone with a passion for animation.

During this intensive, one-day workshop, you'll learn the specific writing techniques you'll need to succeed in this exciting and rapidly growing industry.

The workshop will take place at the beautiful Regent's University in central London.




Writing for animation offers the ultimate freedom! A leaf can fall from a branch, transform into a bird and a moment later morph into a terrifying creature with wings of fire. While a sequence like this would be nearly impossible to film in a live-action series or movie, in the world of animation virtually anything can happen, and a writer’s biggest constraint is simply that of her own imagination.

Writing for animation requires both strong script-writing skills and also a knowledge of the specific rules that are unique to this form. After years of writing features and working on successful shows such as Rugrats, Angelina Ballerina, Little Shop of Horrors, and Sonic The Hedgehog, Barbara developed this workshop to teach writers what they need to know in order to succeed in the exciting and rapidly growing animation industry.



 In this workshop you will learn…
• About the basic elements that make up a great script.
• Tricks on how to make creative choices and think out of the box.
• How to create animated characters that your audiences will love.
• How to come up with 50 great episode ideas in one week.
• Techniques on how to write for your target age group.
• How action is used in an animated script.
• The nuts and bolts of format, page count, and scene length.
• What makes great dialogue for animation.
• What it takes to be a successful writer in the international market.


This workshop is designed for anyone with a passion for animation.




"I have been writing animation scripts for 15 years and over the years have attended quite a few of Barbara's workshops. They are fun, informative and really give you the tools and confidence that you need for the industry. Her in-depth story-structure classes really helped me with my own scripts – I found that when I used her methods, my scripts were much more successful! Barbara is friendly, funny and lovely to be around!.”

Marie Davis Script-Writer, Wales


"Spending even one day with Barbara had a hugely positive impact on my writing. Not only did she offer her own razor-sharp insight, but she also gave us strategies to make our own writing more concise and compelling, and to make the process more efficient and enjoyable. She really knows her stuff – and as a superb teacher, she is an expert at making sure you walk away truly benefitting from her wealth of industry experience.”

Kristina Yee TV Writer, USA

“I have had the pleasure of working with Barbara on several occasions. Firstly, I've been tutored by her in workshops and classes. These have always been incredibly beneficial to me, making me level up in my understanding of story structure, characters and the daily life of writing. Secondly, I have used Barbara as a teacher at The Animation Workshop. This has been an equally great experience, watching the students go through the same development and really ‘getting it’ as I did. On top of Barbara's high professional level, she also has a special gift for getting aspiring writers to really believe in their talent.”

Peter Dyring-Olsen Head of Graphic Storytelling, Viborg, Denmark


“Barbara's energy and enthusiasm are contagious, and her dedication to the craft of writing is inspiring. She brings a huge amount of talent and experience to all she does, and has a natural gift for teaching.”

Katharine Holabird Author, Angelina Ballerina



"Amazing experience at The Story Academy this weekend. We attended with our writer and it was worth every penny. We refreshed concepts, it was hightly motivational, offered tools to use when we are blocked creatively... and we were able to apply those to our daily job. Barbara is inspirational but also a magnificent teacher. We'll be coming back to new workshops! Thank you thank you thank you!

David Matamoros, Barcelona




Barbara's speciality is writing, developing and heading up high-concept television shows for the international market. Having started her career in Los Angeles, but now based in London, Barbara is in high demand, consulting with writers, producers and TV channels, and leading intensive screenwriting and development workshops around the world. She​ has written and developed TV shows for most major networks and has written features for Working Title and Disney. 


Barbara’s work has received countless industry awards and nominations including The International Emmys, The Bafta Awards, the honourable Prix Jeunesse and the highly acclaimed Humanitas Awards.


Some of Barbara’s credits include multiple episodes of the successful US series: Rugrats, Little Shop of Horrors, Sonic The Hedgehog, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and Winnie the Pooh.


She both developed and served as Head Writer for Angelina Ballerina (ITV/PBS) and Rotten Ralph (BBC/Fox), and over the past six years has worked in Norway as a development consultant, running the writer’s room on several prime-time sitcoms including NRK’s award-winning comedy Side by Side (now in its fifth season), All Together, Together (NRK Super) and TV2’s successful Best For, which is now in post-production on season two.

Barbara has worked as Head Of Development for the Disney Channel UK, has created/exec-produced several of her own original TV series including Dead Gorgeous (CBBC/ABC/Nickelodeon), Hi Opie (TVO/Netflix/Knowledge Network) now in its third season, and is currently in development on two original prime-time dramas: Song For Norway and Heaven is a Perfect Tomato.



The workshop will take place at Regent's University, which is located in the lush surroundings of Regent's Park in central London.



What are the entry requirements for the event?
We welcome anyone over the age of 18. A good standard of spoken English is required for participants to get the most from the day.

What time does the workshop start?
Please arrive at 9.30am to check in and to give yourself time to enjoy the refreshments on offer. The workshop itself starts promptly at 10.00am.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Regent's University is easy to get to. It's located in central London, approximately 10 minutes' walk from Baker Street Underground station. Parking is available in the campus car park on a first-come, first-served basis at a cost of £15 for the day. Alternatively, there is paid on-street parking available on the Inner Circle, just opposite the University. For full, up-to-date transport advice, see and the venue's own website for more detailed information:

Are lunch and refreshments included?
Tea, coffee and water will be provided free of charge in the morning and afternoon. Lunch is not included in the ticket price, however you are very welcome to use the University's catering facilities if you wish – there is a fantastic dining hall which offers a wide selection of menu items catering to varying dietary requirements. 

What should I bring into the event?
Please bring your printed ticket, plus a pad and pen to make your own notes.

What's the refund/cancellation policy?
We operate a 7-day-minimum cancellation policy, so attendees will only receive refunds if there are at least 7 full days to go before the date of the workshop. Also, in the unlikely event that The Story Academy needs to cancel the workshop, we will only be able to reimburse the full cost of the ticket purchased.

Do I need to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes, please show this on arrival.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact at any time if you have any queries, or visit our website at














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Regent's University London
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Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (GMT)

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The Story Academy / Barbara Slade

The Story Academy offers scriptwriting and story-development workshops by renowned writer, creator and teacher, Barbara Slade. Barbara's speciality is writing, developing and heading up high-concept television shows for the international market. She consults with writers, producers and channels, and leads intensive screenwriting and development workshops around the world.

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