An Introduction To Soaps & Serials
A script writing course for beginners
Whether it’s Wolf Hall, Sherlock, Doctor Who or a cracking episode of Casualty or EastEnders, television dramas are thriving, with audiences in their millions. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to get into TV writing and write drama scripts, here’s your chance to find out by working with an experienced TV writer, Lilie Ferrari, former writer and script editor on EastEnders.
Using group discussion, readings, viewings and practical exercises, participants will learn the basic mechanics of writing a script for TV and how to get into TV writing. The way that soap operas and popular dramas tap into common concerns and preoccupations will be discussed as a way of finding material to play with. You will learn how to create believable and sympathetic characters and work them into ongoing stories. Sessions are given on how to work in a visual medium: plot, structure, dialogue and the correct ways to format a script. From group brainstorming sessions, students will develop their own soap opera idea, populate its cast and work on it as a team for the duration of the course, with the option of carrying on with this idea in the Advanced TV Workshop. This is a great way to learn how to work as part of a team of writers to a given brief.
The ideas and storytelling techniques that we’ll be exploring in this script writing course are applicable to all forms of drama, not just TV, and you may well find that you gain experience here that can help with the writing of a feature film screenplay or novel.
What will I get out of it?
By the end of the course, you will have a real taste of what writing for TV is like in a collaborative environment. The classes are lively, entertaining and very sociable, as all Unthank School courses are. The collaborative and interactive nature of TV scriptwriting makes the face-to-face tuition with a writer who has actually worked in television an incredible advantage here.
You will receive more individual attention and more useful tips and advice than you would on other script writing courses. You will also have a script to show producers and TV companies, which could help you show off your talent and flair to potential commissioners.
The course will offer insights into how the drama departments of major UK broadcasters operate and will ask: what are they looking for, and can you supply it? If you want to start out on the bumpy road to your own television drama script, this is a great place to start. You’ll learn everything that you need to know about how to become a scriptwriter.
Sessions in this script writing course include:
- The idea. What are we going to create as a group?
- Understanding TV genres
- Creating characters
- Storytelling do’s and don’ts for TV
- Creating a ‘bible’ for series and serials
- Organising stories into blocks of episodes
- Creating the world of your drama
- Creating a complete story document for one episode
- How to structure great scenes and great episodes
Suitable for beginners.
Signing up is quick and easy
It takes about a minute to sign up for the Writing For TV Drama script writing course. To book, click ‘Book Your Place’ at the top of this page and enter your details on the following screen. Your payment will be processed via PayPal.
After your account has been created, your tutor will contact you within 48 hours to confirm your place on the Writing For TV Drama course. You will be given the exact address and any other information you will need to begin the course. We look forward to welcoming you to Unthank School.