NFTS Scotland: Drama Pitching: A Guide to Verbal and Written Pitches Online

Short course


Delivered in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom, accessed via Zoom.

The course runs across two weeks on two consecutive mornings, with a week apart to allow the participants time to write a one page pitch proposal.  The dates are 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd November 2021.

Pitching your ideas is one of the hardest things a writer has to do. This course aims to give the writer and those who want to develop their pitching skills the tools to be able to pitch their ideas confidently.

And to understand more clearly what is required in a one page pitch proposal.

The course’s goal is for each participant to have two solid verbal pitches and one solid one page proposal written at the end of the course.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the different types of pitches.
  • Discuss the different strands that need to be included when developing an idea for a drama series.
  • Look at the important elements that should be highlighted when pitching an idea in a meeting.
  • Deconstruct written one page proposals.
  • Understand the structure of a written proposal.
  • Be given the chance to practise verbal pitching.
  • Write a one page proposal from one of the ideas pitched.
  • Give and receive peer group feedback on the written one-page proposal. 

Specialist speakers will also be brought in during the sessions.

In order to get the most from this course, please come with a couple of your own ideas that you can work on.

This course is aimed at producers, script editors and writers who would like to develop their pitching skills and understand the processes involved.

*Please note that you will be required to print some documents as part of this course. As the course is delivered remotely, this means you should have access to a printer to do this yourself. If this is an issue for you, please advise at the time of application. 

You will also be required to access a course padlet on your device. 


About the tutor:
Sara Moore has had 10 years’ experience working with writers during her time working at the writer’s agency Valerie Hoskins Associates Ltd.  As well as several years’ experience working as a reader for the Arts Council’s playwright bursary scheme

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £350
Corporate Rate: £525


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 can 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

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines (Word doc)

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form (pdf)

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document (pdf) which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please submit your application in plenty of time as timescales for funders differ. 

How to apply

Application deadline: Coming Soon

To secure a place on the next course, please complete the application form to apply. You will be asked to upload your CV.
Please also read the Terms and Conditions of booking as payment of a succesful application assumes acceptance of these. 


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