Television screenwriting

Course Dates: 20/04/21 - 29/06/21
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HW089

Started Tue, eve, 20 Apr - 29 Jun '21

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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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. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
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.

Danielle Jawando

Danielle Jawando is an author, screenwriter and Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. In 2015, Danielle worked on Coronation Street as a storyline writer and has had several short plays performed at the King’s Arms in Manchester and Stratford Circus in London. Her short story Kyle’s City (for children aged 5 to 7) was commissioned by the BBC and broadcast on iplayer in 2017. Her first nonfiction book for children, a biography about the life of Maya Angelou, was published by Laurence King in 2019. Her debut YA novel And The Stars Were Burning Brightly, was published by Simon & Schuster last year. And the Stars Were Burning Brightly has since gone on to win best senior novel for the Great Reads Award, be shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and has been long-listed for the 2021 CILIP Carnegie Medal, UKLA Book Awards, Branford Boase Award and the Jhalak Prize. Her second novel for Young Adults will be published in 2022.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.