Television screenwriting: a taster
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW267
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Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
This is an introduction to writing for popular television that offers stepping stones for students to develop their own ideas for a script.
Please note: this course will have a 2hr lunch break.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Key differences between film and TV scripts
- Exploring TV genres
- The key stages of developing a television script
- Generating ideas for scripts
- Writing pitches and loglines.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Develop original ideas for scripts and produce new writing
- Discuss and analyse excerpts from screenplays/television scripts with confidence
- Give and receive constructive feedback on work-in-progress with sensitivity, insight, and confidence
- Identify the key stages of developing a film or television script
- Analyse the features of a successful pitch for a film or television show
- Write an original logline for a film script.
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, though it will help if you have had some exposure to screenwriting basics previously. 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 writing exercises
- Interactive tutor presentation
- Peer feedback and group discussion
- Original material handouts and samples including storylines and episode extracts
- DVD and video clips.
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.
City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.
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?
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 City Lit 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.
Clive Ford writes for film and stage. He graduated from UAL with an MA in screenwriting. He currently works as a lecturer at the University of Creative Arts in Farnham and at the University of Bedfordshire where he teaches writing for the screen.
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.