Media release: Introduction to TV drama scriptwriting


WITH billions of pounds spent on TV drama each year, significant opportunities exist for new writers to get their drama ideas commissioned.

But how do you take the germ of an idea and take it from script to screen?

This one-day introductory course will help to demystify the process.

You will learn how to shape and form compelling plots, dynamic characters and engaging dialogue. You will get experience working on the structure of scripts, understanding how they are put together, the format and software packages which are industry standard. You will learn what makes good drama and comedy and get the inside track on how TV drama is put together. By the end of the day, you should feel more confident in putting your ideas on to paper and seeing your characters come alive.

About your tutor:

James Doherty is an award-winning scriptwriter and journalist. James has extensive experience writing for a number of recurring dramas from bodies under the patio at Brookside in the 1990s as well as scritpwriting credits on Channel 5’s Family Affairs, ITV’s The Bill and, most recently, BBC Scotland soap, River City.

A media all-rounder, James has also enjoyed a successful career as a public relations executive and is a former president of the NUJ. As a journalist, James wrote for The Big Issue and The Scotsman, among other titles.


“The scriptwriting course was perfectly pitched. James delivered it with clarity, attention to detail, encouragement and humour. I learned new approaches to writing and felt well supported when given the opportunity to share my ideas. At the end of the course, I felt inspired and able to write!” – freelance journalist and artist

“I’d happily recommend to anyone who just wants to ‘start’ writing as the course was great fun, friendly, informative, inspirational and freeing. Lots of great tips both technical and creatively and great support material.” Former broadcast journalist

Course costs £95 for NUJ members or £120 for non-members.

To book a place, contact Joan Macdonald

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