Television screenwriting: an introduction

Course Dates: 29/02/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Jim Hill

Do you want to write for an ongoing TV drama or pitch your own idea for a television series one day? Start your screenwriting journey on this practical course. Examine the structure of an episodic television drama and explore approaches to the genre in a fun and supportive environment.


What is the course about?

This is an introduction to writing for popular television that offers stepping stones for students to develop their own drama idea.

The Tutor: Jim Hill is a graduate of the NFTVS. He is both a freelance writer and director and has worked on such popular shows as Minder, Casualty, Lovejoy and Byker Grove. He is the co-creator of BOON and worked for Grundy Europe as a story team leader on soap opera. He is currently a tutor on the MA in Television Scriptwriting at De Montfort University Leicester and at City University.

Build reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.

What will we cover?

- The structure of a television episode
- Synopsis, outlines and treatments
- The development of characters
- The plotting and planning of a storyline.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Recognise the development stages of a drama project
- Start to write a script
- Give and receive feedback with sensitivity.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This an introductory course designed for students who want to start writing TV drama. An ability to write and speak fluent English is essential.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

- In class exercises
- PowerPoint presentation
- Original material handouts and samples including storylines and episode extracts
- DVD and video clips.

All writing courses at Build will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Pen and paper. You are welcome to bring a laptop for use during writing exercises if you think it will help you.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

If you're a beginning writer, why not expand your focus by enrolling on Ways into screenwriting? You can also progress to our term-long Television screenwriting course.

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for Build writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.

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Fantastic one-day course, I'm amazed at how much we covered in a short space of time. The tutor was really friendly and informative - please to see he is doing another longer course...
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Review by Kate / (Posted on 04/03/2018)
This is a fantastic taster course if your interested in writing for television.
[The tutor] is a rather brilliant teacher, I have competed the 12wk course, which is also taught by [this tutor] and which I would recommend as a follow on to this introduction course. Review by 1st Lady / (Posted on 07/02/2015)
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Course Code: HW096

Sat, day, 29 Feb - 29 Feb '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £59.00
Concession: £24.00

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