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Writing for TV: Online

AFTRS-Australian Film Television and Radio School

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 was hesitant about enrolling for the course due to cost and the course being online. However I found the interaction was at least as good as doing a course in person and the feedback provided was worth the price of admission alone.”

"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 Tuesday evening 7 - 9pm AEST

First online Tutorial Tuesday 17th October 2017.

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.


Lesley started work in the TV industry in 1992 as a medical advisor on the A Country Practice which lead to becoming a Story Researcher
and Storyliner on Water Rats. She completed an inhouse Script editing traineeship on Murder Call and worked as a editor and writer on the show
before returning to Water Rats as a Script Editor.Since then she has spent a number of years as an inhouse Writer and Script editor on All Saints,
Associate Script Producer/Story Editor/Writer roles on Headland; McLeod's Daughter; Out of the Blue;
Home and Away; Neighbours and Wonderlan. Lesley spent a year as Story Producer onNeighbours and also recently on Home and Away . She has also done development on a number of shows and numerous freelance writing jobs.


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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