First Draft Doctor Scriptwriting Training Course in Writing for Television

The First Draft Doctor Scriptwriting Training Courses came about through a simple revelation: having script read almost 300 client scripts, a large number of simple, but fundamentally damaging, mistakes were apparent in almost every script I read. These mistakes led to numerous rewrites for the writer - and countless hours of extra, wasted, writing time (not to mention the expense of re-submitting to have the script read once more). My idea was to remedy these basic mistakes from the outset and 'fast-track' the scriptwriting process. Subsequent rewriting would then be free to concentrate on polishing the draft to help its chances in the submission process, rather than correcting basic scriptwriting mistakes.

The course is designed to be studied in the home and its modular nature makes it perfect for 'distance learning' in this way. It is based over a 20 week timeframe, however, the course can be completed over a shorter or longer timeframe - whichever suits the student's particular needs. A strong practical element has been introduced to all the courses which means you will be writing from the outset - and your work will be scrutinised to aid learning.

Each week, you will be sent a training module (online by email attachment (.PDF or MS Word format) or by post by prior arrangement) which contains specific topic information and a practical assignment to complete - some modules are designed to cover a two or three week period. Practical assignments should be completed and returned for marking before receiving the following topic module. However, the course timeframe is open to the individual student's needs, hence practical assignments can be completed over a matter of weeks if necessary.

Students will be encouraged to devise a script idea which can be written alongside the course to apply scriptwriting information and techniques as they are learned. Several current students have chosen to write sample scripts for specific television series (such as BBC's Doctors, and Eastenders) and will hopefully submit the finished drafts to the relevant producers for their consideration.

Course content is as follows:

Writing for Television Modules
Television genres and conventions - overview
Introduction to formats: single drama, series, serials, sitcom, adaptations, and documentary
The role of the television scriptwriter
Script format - industry standard layout, freeware templates, professional software
Television script structure - act structure, taglines, teasers and prologues etc.
Television script themes - leit motifs, visuals, and how to create the emotional hook
Television characters - character types, dynamic personalities, delineation
Television dialogue - what makes it different from reality and film, how to write it
Selling your script - finding agents and producers
Writing for established productions - which ones, where to find information, what they expect
Course summary - questions, final student assessment

Modules are subject to change to include up-to-date information.


The First Draft Doctor Scriptwriting Training Course in Writing for Television - £199 UK Sterling

All courses are 'individual-based' so can start at any time suitable to the student.

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