NFTS Cymru Wales: Writing for Tv Continuing Drama Series

Short course

Overview

Two Day in person course, Cardiff, September 29th/30th

Overview
Whether it’s EastEnders, Doctors, Coronation Street or Pobol Y Cwm, continuing drama series are a staple of British television and the backbone of the schedules. For writers, they are also one of the greatest employers of talent and a source of ongoing work. But they are also extremely competitive and require writers to understand and adapt to their own particular rules and rhythms. 

In this brand new course, Jeremy Hylton Davies, a screenwriter with over twenty years’ experience in television drama, will take you through the essential elements of a continuing tv drama series script and share the techniques and methods writers use. The course has been specifically designed to give you an insider’s understanding of the creative process behind continuing drama and the writer’s function within it. It will be a highly interactive two days with writing exercises undertaken as part of the schedule and course work to be completed overnight.  After the course, participants will also be invited to write their own ‘trial script’ and receive one to one feedback on it via a Zoom meeting with Jeremy.


Specific elements the course will cover include: 

  • What makes a drama continuing and how the elements and set ups differ from other types of tv drama.
  • The precinct – examining the locales and settings of continuing dramas and how they enable and affect the telling of stories within their world. 
  • Casts and characters, how they are created, interact and develop. What makes a ‘good’ character. 
  • How an individual scene works within a story, how it is constructed and its dynamics
  • How serial, story arcs and guest stories are developed and fused together to create an episode.
  • What is a dramatic ‘beat’ and how do these make a scene work? 
  • Subtext and Inference. What is said and what is not said. 
  • Scene pace and scene tone. And why tone might be the most important factor overall in a series…
  • What the production teams of the ongoing major series are looking for in a potential writer and how to further develop the skills required

Please note participants will be asked to write a scene overnight, at the end of day one, as part of the course content for day two. 


Who’s this course for? 
This course is intended for writers who have already written in other mediums – stage, radio, short films, online, television in another genre – who are looking to move into continuing drama series. 

About the Tutor
Jeremy Hylton Davies started his writing career at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff, with a play that became his first piece for TV. Since then, he has run up more than a hundred credits in television drama, film, theatre and radio, including 20 years as writer and lead writer in BBC continuing drama.
 

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £365
Corporate Rate: £745

BURSARY INFORMATION 

A limited number of bursaries are available for all of our short courses. If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria, or if you are able to pay for the course by other means.

Please apply as far in advance of the course date as possible to give yourself the best chance of securing a supported place as we may not be able to accommodate all applications. We aim to advise successful applicants no later than 10 working days prior to the course start date.

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application, and supporting documents, should be submitted to wales@nfts.co.uk.

NFTS Cymru Wales Bursary Guidelines (pdf) | NFTS Cymru Wales Bursary Application Form (pdf)

I ddarllen y dogfenau yn Gymraeg:
NFTS Cymru Wales Canllawiau’r Bwrswriaeth (pdf) | NFTS Cymru Wales Ffurflen Gais Bwrswriaeth (pdf)

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

Please complete the application form to apply. You will be required to upload your C.V. 
Please also read the Terms and Conditions of booking as payment of a successful application assumes acceptance of these. 

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