Professional Training Programmes

WRITERSLAB 2019: CREATING EPISODIC CONTENT FOR TV AND ONLINE PLATFORMS

Writers Lab 2019

FINAL CALL
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION EXTENDED TO 18 APRIL 2019

WritersLab is specially curated for aspiring writers who would like to further hone their skills in scriptwriting, concept creation, creative storytelling and narrative design. The 14-week intensive scriptwriting programme is led by Colin Muir, an accomplished scriptwriter and educator with more than 30 years of experience in scriptwriting, directing, theatre and film production.

At the end of the programme, participants will get to pitch their story ideas to the appointed platform partner who will select up to 3 scripts for pilot episode production. The creators of the selected projects will get the chance to work alongside the platform partner during the production of the pilot episode.

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COURSE SCHEDULE

No. of Classes Days Dates Time
1 14 weeks 10 June 2019 - 13 September 2019 Refer to Programme Schedule

Dates:
10 Jun – 13 Sep 2019 (Final pitch session will be scheduled in late September. Date to be confirmed)
*Participants are expected to commit to the whole duration of the programme.

Class size:
Maximum of 12 participants

Location:
LASALLE College of the Arts
1 McNally Street, Singapore 187940

Enquiries:
Writerslab@lasalle.edu.sg

PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE FULL WRITERSLAB 2019 PROGRAMME SCHEDULE [HERE]

Application Information

TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE
  • Plot Development
  • Character Development
  • Improving Dialogue (and its uses)
  • Genre, Plot story and concept development
  • Theme Statement
  • Series Treatment
HOW TO APPLY

All applicants must be:

  • Singaporean or Singapore Permanent Resident
  • Diploma/degree holder
  • Able to commit to the full duration of the Programme i.e. 10 June to 13 September 2019

All applicants are required to submit the following in pdf version:

i) 2-page CV

  • Name
  • Email
  • Contact number
  • Education
  • Work experience highlighting relevant writing skills
  • Highest academic/professional qualification
  • Teaching and research experience, publications and awards (if any)

ii) 250-word Cover Letter

  • Explain why you should be selected for the Programme

iii) Series Proposal of episodic content for TV or online/mobile​ ​platforms which will be developed during the course of the programme. Episodes will be between 10-25 minutes duration. The content should appeal to a local and regional audience aged 18-35 years old

  • The proposal should be written in English. 
  • It should also be a new, original idea that has not been produced
  • It should not include or infringe any third-party Intellectual Property Rights.
  • It should consist of:
    • Title
    • 100-word premise for the series
    • 750-word synopsis of the principle storylines in the series

iv) 2-3 Samples of Previous Works (optional)

This could be any of the following:

  • A TV series pilot of between 20 and 60 minutes of screen time
  • A film script of between 10 and 90 minutes of screen time
  • One act of a theatre play. The sample must exhibit the applicant’s ability to write character dialogue and stage action
  • A short story or a chapter from a novel. The sample must exhibit applicant’s ability to write prose and character dialogue.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD WRITERSLAB 2019 APPLICATION FORM [HERE]

AT THE END OF THE PROGRAMME, ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL:
  • Have a fully developed pilot episode script and series bible
  • Have the opportunity to pitch their stories to the appointed platform partner
ABOUT THE EXPERT
Colin Muir

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 was Programme Leader for the MA in Film Screenwriting at the University of Salford/ Tampere University of Applied Sciences, 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. It was also shortlisted as Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in the same year. In 2004 Colin produced Joe Strick’s Lysistrata which was performed at the National Theatre, London.

His most recent writing project, No Man’s Land, was recently optioned for British TV by Can Can Productions and is being produced by Kieran Roberts (previously Executive Producer, Coronation Street).

HEAR WHAT PAST PARTICIPANTS HAVE TO SAY
Mickey Lin

“An amazing experience! I'm blown away by the compelling stories in this IMDA Story Lab initiative and the feedback that we've received from WritersLab 2017 International Expert. The WritersLab has exceeded my expectations and I hope that we'll be able to keep pushing the boundaries of scriptwriting here in Singapore.”
Mickey Lin, Storyteller

 

Huang Yushan

“I liked the fact that this programme is so closely tied to industry practice with great local and international industry veterans as trainers to guide the participants in practical issues on top of the theoretical ideas of narratives. The one-on-one consultations have been really useful as well”
Huang Yushan, Senior Producer

 

Christopher Fok

"The presence of the experts, and their depth of knowledge really sold the programme for me. I have learnt so much that it’s now even applicable to my playwriting"
Christopher Fok, Theatre Playwright

Apply Now For WritersLab 2019