Pictured: Participants from Screenworks 2018 Writing for TV Intensive; Lee Frank, Clare Sladden, Liam Worthington and Kelly McLoughlin-Wilden.

Applications are now open for Screenworks 2019 Writing for TV Intensive, a two-day workshop that will guide participants through key elements fundamental to writing a successful TV drama series.  Open to early career writers living in regional NSW, regional Queensland and Western Australia, 12 selected applicants will develop their skills to enable them to bring their stories from regional Australia to our screens.  

Being held in Byron Bay on  13th and 14th July     July, the workshop will be delivered by acclaimed screenwriter and tutor Holly Lyons and is supported by Create NSW and Linnaeus Estate Education Fund.  Applicants selected from regional Queensland will be supported by Screen Queensland and Western Australian participants by Screenwest.  The deadline for applications is Monday 17th June 2019.

During the two-day workshop, Holly will guide selected applicants through the processes of how to devise characters, challenge protagonists, develop premise and plot.  This workshop will help writers understand how to apply these skills when developing their own original series, and how to prepare for opportunities in television writers’ rooms.

Holly has extensive screenwriting experience both in Australia and the UK, with over 400 hours of broadcast credits as a writer or script editor.  Holly has worked on numerous and diverse series such as Home and Away, Neighbours, Skinner Boys and Bananas in Pyjamas.

“This is the third year Screenworks has run this Writing for TV Intensive,” explained Screenworks CEO Ken Crouch.  “Previous participants have secured producer and broadcast interest in their projects.  They have also gone on to be selected for our Career Pathways Program which has helped them to achieve their regional screenwriting dreams.  We look forward to supporting another 12 talented participants and seeing where this workshop will take them.”

This opportunity will appeal to early career screenwriters and writers that are interested in pursuing TV drama. 

Applicants must be living in regional NSW, regional Queensland or Western Australia (preference will be given to regional Western Australian applicants) and will be asked to submit a sample of their script writing as part of the application. 

For more information about the workshop or how to apply, visit Screenworks’ website.