This 12-week course will focus on cultivating beginner screenwriters’ essential storytelling principles. This course is especially relevant for those screenwriters who aspire to have their own television show produced. For a television show to be commissioned, the pilot episode is regarded as being the most important, as producers require audiences to be hooked immediately onto a show. To meet such industrial demands, students will be introduced to the key elements required to write a pilot screenplay, such as narrative structure, characterisation, archetypes, effective dialogue, writer’s voice, theme and formatting. The course will include an emphasis on writing techniques that learners can employ to help discover their own unique voice. In turn, learners will then be taught various writing methods for injecting their voice into their teleplay to achieve originality. Levi Dean is an award-winning screenwriter and PhD researcher in Screenwriting Studies; he teaches media. His research explores how far the television anti-heroine can be pushed morally before an audience disengages. He has worked and lived in London, Manchester and internationally in Sweden and North America. He achieved a first-class BA Honours degree in Film & Media Studies and a Master's in Scriptwriting with Distinction at Bournemouth University.
What do I need to join?
No formal qualifications required, but knowledge of contemporary television shows is necessary to grasp key concepts. Bring a notebook and pen.
How will I know how I am doing?
Content will be unpacked through presentational delivery and stimulating, engaging activities which will be informally assessed. Midway through the course you will begin developing a step outline for a television pilot episode. You will be issued formative feedback and offered one-to-one tutorials. The class will participate in live group readings resulting in peer feedback. At the end of the course, you will have completed your step outline. You will then have three months to write the first draft of your pilot episode, with supervisory feedback provided throughout this writing phase. You will have access to specialist books, computers, the internet and the library.
What can I do next?
You can submit your television episode to production companies and/or screenwriting competitions.Apply for this course
Course information last updated: Thursday 21st November 2019 @ 10.39am (6 hours ago)