Television screenwriting

Course Dates: 22/09/20 - 01/12/20
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
Location: Online

Do you want to write a drama script for television? What do you write and where do you start? Through exercises and examples this course will assist you in developing your own projects.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.


What is the course about?

This is a step by step guide to writing for popular television and offers guidelines for students to apply their own ideas to scripts.

Please note that this course is located in a room with step access. If you have difficulties with mobility or use a wheelchair please contact us at to discuss.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- The structure of a television episode
- The development of characters
- The plotting and planning of a storyline
- Writing a synopsis and treatment
- Dialogue writing.

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

- Show an understanding of the basic themes of dramatic story lining
- Further develop your own project outside of the course.

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

The course is designed for students who want to start writing drama for TV and are willing to engage in exercises and share their efforts. 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; discussion; PowerPoint presentations; original material hand-outs and samples including storylines and episode extracts; DVD and video clips. Students should watch television drama to apply what they have learnt and discussed in the class.

All writing courses at City Lit 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.

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

You might consider Developing screenwriting or Advanced screenwriting. Please refer to the online prospectus entries for these courses for further information.


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You'll learn a lot on this course - it's not heavy-going with lots of homework, but it is packed with great handouts and a wealth of information and skills to pick up.
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Course Code: HW240

Tue, eve, 22 Sep - 01 Dec '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £209.00
Senior fee: £209.00
Concession: £84.00

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