• A part-time course taught over 20 weeks.
• Next runs January – May 2020.
• Starting with a taught weekend in Stratford-Upon-Avon followed by 12 x 2 hour live, online, virtual classes on Wednesday evenings.
• Work collaboratively as part of a team of writers to develop a new soap.
• Suitable for writers with some professional or proto-professional* experience or who have completed some other screen writer training (including ScreenWrite 101, 102 or 103).
• Fees from £799.
(*Proto-professional might include deferred fee production, online video’s or spec script development)
Each student will collaborate and share a credit on a ‘Bible’ of a new serial/soap and have sole credit on their own episode.
WHAT WILL YOU STUDY?
Serials and soaps are still the mainstay of linear schedules for mainstream broadcasters. This course will introduce you to the collaborative praxis of writing for serials and soaps. Above all other forms writers on soaps are only one part of a team and learning to work creatively within such a collective and demanding process can be a real challenge. Thus this course places each writer in a collaborative team of 4-8 writers who will jointly create a new soap and each write an episode. This course covers the history of serials & soaps, the unique characteristics of the serial and soap form, serial and soap production techniques and the writing process.
Each writer must come to the first session prepared to pitch an idea for a new soap.
Evidence of professional or proto-professional writing experience or previous screen writing training (including ScreenWrite 101, 102 or 103).
You should be able to both speak and write in English to a reasonable standard.
Minimum Age: 18 at start of course.
Required Equipment: To study on this course you will need
• A computer with webcam and microphone
• Evening access to a fast broadband connection
• Daily access to an email account
FIRST COME FIRST SERVED: In order to make enrolment as fair as possible and to enhance your learning experience, please be aware that we have a maximum of 15 places available for each course and operate a first come, first served basis.
104 • TV Serials And Soaps • Detailed Schedule And Syllabus:
|Saturday January 25th 2020||Day 1 TV Serials & Soaps
• TV Serials & Soaps. What they are and how they work.
• The Production Machine: The harsh realities of Soap production
|Sunday January 26th 2020||Day 2 TV Serials & Soaps
• Writing collaboratively
• Commissioning Meeting
|Wednesday January 29||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 1
• The Audience
|Wednesday February 5||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 2
• Story Strands & Structure
|Wednesday February 12||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 3
• The Cliff Hanger
|Wednesday February 19||Writing Week|
|Wednesday February 26||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 4
• Soap Character Types
|Wednesday March 4||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 5
• Enduring Soap Characters
|Wednesday March 11||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 6
• Dialogue in Soaps Corrie v ‘Stenders
|Wednesday March 18||Writing Week|
|Wednesday March 25||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 7
• Writer Webinar
|Wednesday April 1||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 8
• Script Editor Webinar
|Wednesday April 8||Writing Week|
|Wednesday April 15||Writing Week|
|Wednesday April 22||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 9
• Producer Webinar
|Wednesday 29||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 10
• Agent Webinar
|Saturday April 2nd||Feedback Saturday|
|Wednesday May 6th||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 11|
|Wednesday May 13||19.30-21.30 Virtual Class 12
• Getting on to a soap writing team