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.
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.
City Lit 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
- 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.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details