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One-Day Short Course: Introduction to Writing for Film and Television

November 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Do you watch feature films and television drama? Are you a storyteller interested in the unique opportunities and challenges of writing for film and television?

On this one-day course experienced film and tv script editor Hayley McKenzie will introduce you to the essential craft skills required to tell your stories for the screen.

You’ll learn how to structure your story for a feature film screenplay or television drama. You’ll discover the differences between serialised and episodic television drama series. You’ll learn how to create external plots and satisfying internal transformational journeys for your characters. And you’ll be shown the script formatting techniques unique to writing for the screen.

This course is intended for writers who are new to writing for TV and Film. No previous writing experience is needed.



Hayley McKenzie is the Founder of Script Angel, a screenwriter coaching and talent development company.  She was previously a film and television script executive for over fifteen years including roles as Development Executive at ITV Studios Drama and script editor on Casualty (BBC), Blue Murder (ITV) and Hollyoaks (Channel 4).

Hayley is an international speaker at film and television events including Cannes Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Women in Film & Television, Story Expo (Los Angeles), Craft of Comedy UK, LOCO London Comedy Film Festival and London Screenwriters’ Festival.

Course dates:

Saturday 24 November 2018, 10am-4pm.


Please note: you must sign up for the full course even if you cannot attend all dates. No partial course ticket is available.

Short Courses are for over 18s. If you are a young writer, you can sign up for our Spark Young Writers Programme.

All Writing West Midlands short courses are collaborative, and you will learn as much from your fellow course attendees as from the tutor. You will be expected to play an active role in group tasks, and you will also have time to reflect on your own writing during sessions.

Course handouts are sometimes (but not always) available, and notes may be available in advance upon request. If you have any additional needs, please contact Writing West Midlands in advance of the course starting and we will try to assist you.


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