Short Courses

WritersLab: Introduction to Film and TV Writing

The class will look at the essential principles that must be applied to write for these two visual mediums. The syllabus will include originality, dramatic elements of a story, modern three and four act structure, the dramatic primacy of conflict and opposition, and theme meaning. The class will also examine the similarities and differences between film and TV, multi-episodic story and character arcs in TV series, and script practices to avoid. To help develop your technical writing skills, a short film script will be created and written.

One-to-one feedback will occur at the outline, first draft and second draft stages. The programme will be practical and hands-on, including 21 hours of lectures and 120 mins one-to-one consultations.

Colin Muir has MFAs in Theatre Directing from the University of Connecticut and Film and Media Arts from Temple University in Philadelphia. He was Programme Leader for the MA in Television and Radio Scriptwriting at the University of Salford from 1996-2017, and of the MA in Film Screenwriting at the University of Salford/ Tampere University, Finland, from 2007-14. A project developed on the MA in Film Screenwriting and written by Anna Heinämaa, The Fencer (Miekkailija), was nominated for a Golden Globe award as Best Foreign Language Film in 2016. His most recent writing project, Crimelands will be shot in Canada in 2022 starring Ariel Winter and Clive Standen.



No. of classes Days Dates Time
8 Every Thu 13 Apr – 1 Jun 2023 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Application Information

Course materials

Laptop and writing materials.

Who should attend

Media professionals/media freelancers, art enthusiasts, art and language students, teachers and/or anyone are keen on film and TV writing.

Eligible schemes / subsidies:
Claimable under SkillsFuture Credit


Note: Course fee not inclusive of application fee and GST.

Note: NSA fee is inclusive of GST.