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Writing for TV

AFTRS-Australian Film Television and Radio School (AH Account)

About the Course

Learn the fundamentals of creating viable and original TV drama and comedy series concepts in this ten-week online course.

This course will guide you through the process of concept creation - from idea inception to concept presentation.

Specific areas to be explored are the creation of a dramatic world, the 'what if' conceptual question, development and creation of a dynamic protagonist, the use of secondary characters, primary and secondary storylines and assembling a series concept document.

The course comprises ten modules with a wide variety of learning activities in a lively online text chat forum and includes:

  • Viewing and analysis of existing drama and comedy

  • Online group activities

  • Individual assignments and tutor feedback

You will also be supplied with course notes for individual download.

"I went into the course wanting to not feel intimidated by the idea of writing a script, which I had never done before, and since I've finished the course, I now have an entire episode drafted. Mission accomplished!"

This is an introductory course. You do not need to have any previous experience.

There is an online tutorial session every Thursday evening 7 - 9pm AEST

First online Tutorial Thursday 27th April 2017.

There will be a One Week Break on Monday 29th June - Sunday 4th July (this does not count as one of the 10 weeks).

You will need to dedicate at least 8 hours per week to self-directed study, plus one 2-hour online session. You will also be required to devote time to TV viewing and the production of written assignments.

Susan Bower is a passionate storyteller who works as a writer, script editor, development team member, script producer, show runner, producer, executive producer and drama consultant on many television drama productions. Her credits include A Country Practice, Home and Away, Mirror Mirror, Sweat, Blue Sky, All Saints, McLeods Daughters, Little Oberon, Sea Patrol, and Canal Road among many others. All of these programs have sold extensively overseas. Susan worked with FremantleMedia Australia (FMA) as the Executive Producer of the serial drama Neighbours, driving the evolution of both production and storytelling. After stepping down from this role, Bower continued with FMA as Drama Consultant working with the South East Asian Development Team. In 2014 Bower worked as Head of the Writing Team of A Place To Call Home Series 3 during the transition from free to air to cable sensibilities. The series broke ratings records for Foxtel.

You should begin this course with the germ of an idea for a TV drama or comedy show, one that has not yet been developed into a concept or script, to work on during the course.

To participate in this course you MUST have an internet connection (broadband wired OR wireless 3G or 4G/LTE), Google Chrome, and the ability to enable cookies within your web browser. 


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