Screenwriting for Television

Screenwriting for Television

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This course is ideal for: Anyone who loves the idea of writing their own television series

You will:
Craft three-dimensional characters and learn how to dramatise them on the page
Learn the steps to create an original series and receive feedback on your pitch
Workshop ideas with like-minded creatives and an industry professional
Understand current trends in Australia’s television industry






Online live
To be announced
Five Thursday evenings

You’re living in the Golden Age of television – now is your chance to be part of it!

Never before has there been such a demand for screen content – it's the Golden Age of drama, and television is booming.

This practical course will give you an overview on all aspects of writing television drama – crafting characters with impact, understanding what makes a successful television premise, and the tools to reflect that in your own writing. Television screenwriting is also about working collaboratively, networking with like-minded writers and creative compromise.

  • Have you ever watched a television show and thought “I could write that”?
  • Have you ever had an idea for a television drama, but no idea how to execute it?
  • Are you a storyteller looking to experiment with a new format?

What you will learn in this course

In just five weeks, you'll be equipped with the fundamentals of television screenwriting. Discover the key ingredients required to create a successful television show and ignite your creativity. You’ll analyse existing television drama premises, and examine case studies which put the protagonist’s flaw at the centre of the series.

You’ll also learn the essentials to creating characters – including their strengths, flaws, and their wounds.

Then you’ll devise your own television drama! You’ll be able to express your premise, logline, synopsis and tagline.

What you will get out of this course:

  • The practical skills to devise your own television drama.
  • An appreciation of the collaborative process of television, and the chance to meet like-minded creatives.
  • The frameworks for devising a 'flawed' protagonist.
  • Invaluable feedback on your original ideas and material.

At the end of the course you will have:

  • created a 'flawed' protagonist and written a 2-page audition scene
  • devised a television drama series.

Learn Online Live with Holly Lyons

In this unique course, you'll spend five evenings online with experienced writer and script producer, Holly Lyons.

With our Online Live courses, you participate online from the comfort of your own home in a live Zoom video-based workshop. Holly and your classmates are right there with you in real time as you learn the fundamentals of screenwriting and explore your creative potential.

Holly will equip you with practical techniques to craft your own TV drama series – with the opportunity to complete weekly writing exercises and receive personalised feedback on your work.

Meet your presenter

Holly Lyons is a writer and script producer with extensive experience in Australia and the UK. She has worked for Home and Away (Network Seven) as script producer and script editor, and is currently a freelance writer for the show. Other credits include: Neighbours (Fremantle), The Skinner Boys and Sam Fox Extreme Adventures (SLR Productions), Dani’s House (The Foundation), Bananas in Pyjamas (Southern Star), My Parents are Aliens (ITV), Fireman Sam (HIT), Buzz Bumble (Blue Rocket) and Kuu Kuu Harajuku (Moody Street Productions). Holly’s play Space Virgins was a finalist in the Australian Theatre For Young People Foundation Commission.

In the UK, Holly co-created the action comedy, Help! I’m a Teenage Outlaw (ITV). She also script edited Emmerdale, an ITV prime-time soap, and later became staff writer. Holly's worked on Crossroads (ITV) as series script executive. She wrote the pilot script for the animated series, Hana’s Helpline (Five UK) and wrote the pilot for Horrid Henry (Novel Entertainment), based on the books by Francesca Simon. Holly was selected to attend an European Broadcasting Union course, where her original series was awarded the prize of ‎€15,000 and a development deal with the BBC. Holly also worked as a development executive for Granada Kids in London.


We’ll bring the world-class course content, industry-savvy presenters and a diverse community of like-minded people.
You just bring yourself.