Time: 17:30 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW240
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
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.
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?
- 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.
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?
No additional costs. Please bring writing materials.
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.
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.
Ray is an award-winning writer who has worked in film, television, radio and theatre. He has created original one-off dramas for television as well as working on established series, and has worked as a Production and Development Executive at Creative England on a slate of short films and features. He has run writing workshops at film festivals, has lectured for various universities, and was a script consultant at the London Film School.
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.