Over the last two decades, in parallel with his writing, Emmanuel Oberg has been involved as a tutor, lecturer and creative consultant with some of the best training organisations, production companies and studios, working with thousands of Film and TV professionals around the world.
His internationally acclaimed live workshops, adapted from his bestselling books, are designed for closed groups of five to forty-nine participants. A larger audience is technically possible, with less interactivity.
They are currently delivered online using advanced presentation tools to offer an engaging, interactive experience including live online Q&A sessions, hands-on group work and optional one-to-one meetings on projects.
Emmanuel's Advanced Development Workshop, designed around his innovative Story-Type Method®, is aimed at experienced screenwriters, directors, creative producers, showrunners, development executives and story editors.
Its main focus is on feature film development and it can be expanded through four add-on modules: Writing a Successful Thriller, Writing a Successful Comedy, Writing a Successful Animation and Writing a Successful TV Series. The main workshop and its modules are regularly updated with new film clips and case studies.
Emmanuel has run these workshops on multiple occasions in the UK and in Sweden, Germany, France, Finland, Norway, Ireland, the Netherlands, Croatia, Latvia and the Czech Republic.
Our workshops are being gradually converted into self-led online courses accessible to individuals. More details in the FAQ below.
An analytical but flexible approach.
Emmanuel Oberg’s workshop was very inspiring and eye opening. Three days with an intensive focus on storytelling in the broadest sense where existing models of structuring a screenplay were questioned.
Emmanuel’s wider perspective is at the same time very detailed. Both the workshop and the book provides useful tools and makes you reflect on what can be the best path for your story to flourish. It’s also an encouragement to an analytical but flexible approach of your story without being dogmatic. [Advanced Development Workshop for the Netherlands Film Fund]
I’m itching to write. I can think of no higher praise.
Every once in a while, we need an update; whether it’s a software update for our phones or laptops, or an attempt to re-paint the kitchen cabinets.
This is the update for story on screen. If you are a writer, an editor, a producer or a commissioner, you need to do this course. Every project you work on will be better – fact!
I’ve been writing and editing for ten years, and I’ve done lots of different courses over the last decade, but this Advanced Development Workshop has completely revolutionized the way I think about my writing and the structure of story.
Not only is the Story Type Method enlightening, it’s as creative and fluid as the writing process itself. And it puts the audience at the heart of the discussion. Not in a slavish way that suggests pandering to the market or duplicating previously successful formulas, but in showing the best way to make the story you want to tell enjoyable for the different audiences that are out there.
I found this course inspiring and encouraging. Gone is the sense of dread that can accompany sitting down to tackle a scene or a treatment – I’m itching to write. I can think of no higher praise. [Advanced Development Workshop for Creative Europe Galway]
This 4 day online course was really enjoyable. Emmanuel presented it very well and it was interesting from start to finish. The tips and advice given to us will most definitely be used in the future and I appreciate it very much. Thank you. [TV Series Online Workshop for Creative Europe Galway, May 2020]
I gained an amazing amount of knowledge.
Emmanuel’s enthusiasm and knowledge were incredible. What an excellent facilitator and a lovely man too. I’ve always had loads of ideas for screenplays but was never quite sure about where to begin the script writing process. Over the three days, I gained an amazing amount of knowledge on story types and structuring, what does and doesn’t work and why it’s ok to not always live by the rules (lead with your passion). Thanks Emmanuel, I feel that I’ve unlocked the start of a new writing chapter in my life. [Advanced Development Workshop for Screen Skills Ireland]
Enlightening and inspiring.
Terrific workshop. Emmanuel drilled down into the essence of various types of thrillers. Enlightening and inspiring. Delivered with passion and insight. I recommend Emmanuel’s Story-type method workshop for any writer, producer or director interesting in finding the most efficient and effective way to tell their story. [Thriller Workshop for Screen Skills Ireland]
I had the pleasure to attend two of Emmanuel’s workshops. His knowledge about the different screenwriting approaches is impressive and enables him to recombine and rethink them to a new approach. I highly appreciate his work no matter if you already know a lot about screenplays or not. [Advanced Development Workshop (ACE 27)]
I would definitely recommend it!
The workshop was so well-structured, easy to follow and it felt like the focus was put on just the right things. Even when you hear about the stuff you already know about, like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, you see it in a different light and it gets you to think about your own projects immediately. I would definitely recommend it! [Advanced TV Development Workshop for NEM Zagreb]
TV Series Workshop for CE Desk Latvia
The TV Series online seminar with Emmanuel Oberg in Riga organised by CE Desk Latvia, MEDIA office, was a unique experience, as it was the first professional training for writing TV series in this country.
It was a huge pleasure to organise it together with Emmanuel – all happened on a high professional level – he was reachable 24/7 and solved any organisational issues promptly and easily.
The seminar was also greatly appreciated by the participants. Several of them admitted that these 3 days were like a month at a film school, all of them confirmed that having participated in the seminar will seriously improve the quality of their projects and all of them said they have hunger for more!!!
Thank you very much for being the turning point of the TV series writing in Latvia!!!
The course had more jaw-dropping moments than Game of Thrones.
To sum it up in one word, INSPIRING! The content was on point and helped make it easy for me to categorize and break down a story that I was struggling to tell. When I get stuck at a certain point, be it treatment or bible, I search high and low for a spark or key to unlock the issue so that I can move on. I now feel like the janitor walking about with a master key, no longer intimidated by the daunting task of holistically bringing everything together in a single document. That’s a powerful tool to have in anyone’s arsenal. [Writing a Successful TV Series Online Course for Danu Media, January 2021]
The right kind of teacher for inherently creative people.
Emmanuel is the right kind of teacher for inherently creative people. He does not instruct, or impose, or prescribe. He displays and explains a box of first-class tools, and encourages the writer to use the ones that suit the work in hand. In this way the work is improved, and the writer gains confidence at the same time, which in turn leads to even better work. Emmanuel is very tall, but he never talks down to you. [Advanced Development Workshop for Cologne Intl Film School]
Of all the many international workshops I have done, I have rarely experienced one that offered such a steep learning curve. Thanks, Emmanuel. [Writing a Successful TV Series Online Workshop for ACE Producers, October 2020]
Intense but incredibly useful!
Intense but incredibly useful workshop that has helped take our script to the next level. Emmanuel is very friendly and doesn’t force you to conform to any fixed methods. Instead he gives you the tools to explore your own ideas better. [Advanced Development Workshop for iFeatures]
Extremely inspiring and very useful!
Thank you so much for the workshop at Filmlab in Norway a couple of weeks ago! As a producer I found it extremely inspiring and very very useful for my future collaborations and my work in creative processes. I have now got more tools when analyzing projects, guiding my directors/scriptwriters or just to discuss the projects. For my particular team that participated we also now have a common vocabulary to talk about our project, which feels really great. I’m also impressed with the structure of the lesson and your lecturing – kept me concentrated and interested the whole way. Thank you so much! [Advanced Development Workshop for Filmlab Norway]
A brilliant and comprehensive one stop shop
I was a novice writer coming into this course with a head busting full of ideas. This course helped to focus my ideas and give them direction, steering me away from wasting my time. It’s a brilliant and comprehensive one stop shop that cuts through all the excess and illuminates the path to writing your best script. Emmanuel is very easy to listen to and makes the journey of learning that good bit more enjoyable. Cúrsa den scoth! Nár laga Dia a lámh. [Writing a Successful TV Series Online Course for Danu Media, January 2021]
I enjoyed Emmanuel’s lecture ‘Writing a Thriller that Producers Want to Make and Audiences want to Watch’ which he gave at the London Screenwriters’ Festival 2017. I found his talk plus these notes extremely useful in creating the structure for the thriller I am writing. [Thriller Lecture for the London Screenwriters’ Festival]
Fresh insight into the craft
In his deconstruction of the story development process, Emmanuel Oberg provided fresh insight into the craft and artistry that combine to create an engaging story.
The Story Type method as pioneered by Oberg is a particularly useful diagnostic tool and has helped me identify key structural flaws and weaknesses in my screenplays while equipping me with new tools and strategies to problem-solve. Would highly recommend this workshop to both budding and established screenwriters or indeed anyone engaged in the script development process. [Advanced Development Workshop for Screen Skills Ireland]
Extremely enlightening and informative
Extremely enlightening and informative. [TV Series Online Workshop for Creative Europe Galway, May 2020]
Refreshing and liberating!
The story-type method is a refreshing and liberating way of looking at story and structure. Emmanuel is full of enthusiasm, and his passion for good storytelling makes the workshops engaging and the method fun (yes, really!) to apply. I’ve gotten some solid new tools, as well as the bonus of a new surge of inspiration and energy into the development process. Thank you! [Advanced Development Workshop for FilmLab Norway]
I had the pleasure to attend two of Emmanuel’s workshops. His knowledge about the different screenwriting approaches is impressive and enables him to recombine and rethink them to a new approach. I highly appreciate his work no matter if you already know a lot about screenplays or not. [TV Series Workshop for ACE Producers, November 2019]
A great tool box to find your own approach
Emmanuel’s approach to dramaturgical structure is the right mix between craftsmanship and the knowledge that each project is individual. He gives you a great tool box to find your own approach. [Writing a Successful TV Series Online Workshop for ACE Producers, October 2020]
An engaging masterclass in storytelling
With a background in documentary and podcast making for the BBC, I have always wanted to take some of the skills I have acquired over the years and learn how they might translate into visual storytelling. But I didn’t know where to begin. Then I did Emmanuel’s course and that soon changed. This course provides focus around the practical matters of how to go about developing your ideas for the screen; the different trends when it comes to writing a TV series, the importance of a strong bible, how to identify the type of story you have and what that means for how you go about telling your story. No stone is left unturned. The use of samples such as Stranger Things and Big Little Lies to further detail the points he was making was fantastic. I love the tone Emmanuel has by not coming across preachy but that he really wants your stories to be the best they can be. Emmanuel was engaging throughout and his passion for storytelling has definitely encouraged me to put pen to paper. [Writing a Successful TV Series Online Course for Danu Media, January 2021]
Extremely informative course!
As a writer I was able to immediately put into practice what I learnt from this extremely informative course, presented with passion, humour and verve by a man of great generosity at the top of his game and an accomplished speaker of great clarity. [Advanced Development Workshop for Screen Skills Ireland]
Non prescriptive and flexible!
Emmanuel’s Advanced Development Workshop for Ealing Studios was very useful and stimulating. I’m a big fan of Emmanuel’s teaching style because it’s non prescriptive and flexible – tools not rules as he always reminds us. All the feedback I’ve had from the writers who attended was extremely positive, I think they responded particularly well to the collaborative atmosphere and interactive sessions. [Advanced Development Workshop for Ealing Studios]
An insightful, clarifying and fun workshop!
Emmanuel Oberg’s workshop offers an insightful and comprehensive way to approach tv series narrative and structure. His method is simple but very clarifying, a useful tool when dealing with episodes, pilots, bibles, strands, seasons, cliffhangers, franchise and all sorts of often confusing concepts even for the experienced film producer. It is also fun and I really enjoyed taking it. I can say that I feel much better equipped now to face the development of my series project. [Writing a Successful TV Series Online Workshop for ACE Producers, October 2020]
Very thorough understanding of the inner workings of our craft.
True value for money. Well-suited for advancing and advanced screenwriters, including successful ones and those who think they have heard or read it all before. Don’t expect a gospel from a preacher or a showman. Oberg is a modest man who clearly resists becoming the next screenplay guru. Yet he delivers an amazing, almost complete and very thorough understanding of the inner workings of our craft, guaranteed to spark fresh thoughts that will benefit your next project, no matter how experienced you are. And there is a big bonus. The screenplay business is a fickle mistress that can often leave you frustrated. Oberg makes you remember why you fell in love with her in the first place and he makes you fall in love all over again. [Advanced Development Workshop for the Netherlands Film Fund]
An enlightening experience
I did the Advanced Development Workshop and I really enjoyed the experience. It brought to the forefront the importance of a solid structure in order to enhance the impact of storylines without necessarily compromising creative expression. Emmanuel uses practical examples to breakdown the theory into practice which I found very useful. I would definitely recommend this course if you want to dig deep into the heart and soul of your story and give it legs. [TV Series Online Workshop for Creative Europe Galway, May 2020]
This is the way to go!
If you want to dig deep and even deeper: this is the way to go. It is explained well, every step of the way, so you can apply what is thought. [TV Series Workshop for ACE Producers, November 2019]
Helpful, necessary and stimulating…
A helpful, necessary and stimulating approach to structure! [TV Series Workshop for ACE Producers, November 2019]
A stimulating and inspiring course.
Many, many thanks for such a stimulating and inspiring course. The tools are already coming in extremely useful and I hope will transform my approach to any new project from now on. [Advanced Development Workshop for Ealing Studios]
The most inspiring developing session I have ever taken part in.
Without doubt the most inspiring developing session I have ever taken part in. Emmanuel is not only a very good speaker – but manages to use practical examples and group discussion to give the participants a very clear understanding of his thoughts on drama. Less dogmatic than McKee and Field he aims at giving the creative a tool box of dramatic elements rather than a formula for success. I strongly recommend this workshop to both writers, producers and funding bodies. Well done! [Advanced Development Workshop (ACE 26)]
This workshop is great. Leaving you with many tools to help with redrafting and reassessing your bibles and pilots. Thanks Emmanuel. [TV Series Online Workshop for Creative Europe Galway, May 2020]
A deep dive into story structure
“Emmanuel’s course is like a deep dive into story structure. You think you’ve got it mastered and then you realise how much more there is to learn. I feel so much more equipped as a screenwriter and script reader after this course.” [Writing a Successful TV Series Online Course for Screen Skill Ireland and Screen Skillnet, March 2021]
Highly Instructive Webinar
I found Emmanuel’s course immensely beneficial. He combines an encyclopaedic grasp of his subject with a natural flair for communication and shares his knowledge with great generosity and passion. I was able to apply the information and insights immediately to my scripts. I could not recommend his courses more highly. [TV Series Online Workshop for Creative Europe Galway, May 2020]
A great course
I recently completed the on-line course “Writing a Successful TV series” by Emmanuel Oberg. I found the course to be really comprehensive and practical. Emmanuels’ application and teaching of the ‘Story Type Method’ can be applied to every possible type of TV series genre including Hybrids. In fact it could be applied to nearly all screenplays as a very effective means of addressing problems in the script that might not be apparent to the Writer. Many thanks. [Writing a Successful TV Series Online Course for Danu Media, January 2021]
Creating a common toolbox for writers working together
TV Series is a wonderful aid for writers and producers working together. Since completing the ADW in 2018, and the TV Series course in 2020, I’ve come back again and again to Emmanuel’s methods when troubleshooting my own work or steering others in development. Recently, along a group of writers I’m working with, I completed the latest online TV Series course. It has created a common language with which to discuss story issues and character development that has been invaluable in shortcutting how we communicate. The course is thorough and well presented, with clips and case studies that make it easier to put these gems of writing wisdom into practice. Emmanuel’s methods put the audience at the heart, helping the writer to amplify their message and maximise the chances of getting their story out into the world. [Writing a Successful TV Series Online Course for Danu Media, January 2021]
Definitely a game changer!
The most encouraging workshop I have ever attended.
I am a big fan of the book [Screenwriting Unchained] and I highly recommend it to anyone working in the industry. Emmanuel is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I cannot thank him enough for sharing his methods with us. The workshop is definitely a game changer and brought my writing skills to the next level. Many thanks. [Advanced Development Workshop for Creative Europe Galway]
Very inspiring and thoughtful.
One of the best workshops regarding script structure I’ve attended. It really makes you review and research what you know about books like Mckee, Field etc. The books that I’ve been related to at my studies. Really enjoyed it and will try to convey it to my work with films I produce and students I tutor. Very inspiring and thoughtful. Thank you Emmanuel! [Advanced Development Workshop (ACE 26)]
Full of vital and resourceful tools to use in the development process
I truly enjoyed Emmanuel’s three-day insightful workshop on The Story-Type Method! Full of vital and resourceful tools to use in the development process. Emmanuel is enthusiastic with no fixed screenwriting rules – only great tools he skillfully shared with us. I highly recommend his workshop to anyone who works in the film industry. Thank you so much! [Advanced Development Workshop for FilmLab Norway]
I did this course online and loved it from start to finish. I think it gives writers a very clear understanding of some really useful tools which can be used to design a story/storylines or to diagnose why a story might not be working and how to fix it. I loved having the ability to pause and rewind and take notes at my own pace. I also found the quizzes at the end of each module and the feedback on right/wrong answers super useful. I think I will come back again and again to all I’ve learned here. [Writing a Successful TV Series Online Course for Screen Skill Ireland and Screen Skillnet, March 2021]
A really useful and inspiring seminar!
Thanks for a really useful and inspiring seminar – I have attended a number of development training courses in the past, so wasn’t sure whether I would learn very much that was new. As it happens, I learned a huge amount and feel much more confident about going back into the development process with a brand new toolbox. [Advanced Development Workshop (ACE 24)]
An extraordinary course!
I cannot thank you enough for such an extraordinary course full of so much wisdom mixed with a rare humility and delivered with real passion. The practical tools will be tremendously useful and the resources a huge bonus. [Advanced Development Workshop for Screen West Midlands]
The Thriller Writing workshop I attended was extremely useful and Emmanuel gave us notes and advice that I will without a doubt revisit during the writing process. I would highly recommend attending his workshops. [Thriller Workshop for Screen Skills Ireland]
Excellent course for those who work with story
Excellent course for those who work with story – writers, directors and producers. Goes direct to the fundamentals which can get lost in ‘development jargon’. Can help kickstart a project revision or inspire a new one. Emmanuel is an engaging and insightful teacher. [Writing a Successful TV Series Online Course for Screen Skill Ireland and Screen Skillnet, March 2021]
What a fantastic three-day workshop. Emmanuel Oberg explored the mechanics of writing good drama, and provided us with a toolbox to help turn it into great drama. Inspiring stuff! [Advanced Development Workshop for Screen Skills Ireland]
I found the 3-day advanced workshop very inspiring. Emmanuel has no dogmas unlike other scriptwriting gurus. He is an ego-less gentle open-minded teacher, who does not place himself above his students. He is very intelligent, but also emotional, spiritual and funny. Above all very positive. His tools are practical, but do not interfere with your writing flow. It’s all about the balance between knowing and not knowing, combining heart and head. I would advise every screenwriter to do this workshop, especially when you want to (re)discover your originality and talent. [Advanced Development Workshop for the Netherlands Film Fund].
A wonderful opportunity!
Emmanuel Oberg organised for our FAMU production students an amazing short session from his workshop. An introduction to his method, including a group work, “What’s Your Type?” was great and followed with personal Q&A afterwards that gave our students a wonderful opportunity to dig into the subject. We decided to buy a few copies of Emmanuel’s books for our department as students are interested to know more after this experience. Thank you, dear Emmanuel, for making it happen for us within the limitations we had! [Introduction to the Story-Type Method Online Course, November 2020]
I have learnt more on this workshop than any previous development course.
I have learnt more on this workshop than any previous development course that I have attended. It’s as if up to now I have been looking in through a window and now the door has been opened. I came away not just with an effective set of diagnostic tools but the confidence to approach script development in an enthusiastic and positive way. [Advanced Development Workshop for Screen West Midlands]
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Who might want to attend a Story-Type Method workshop?
These are Advanced Development Workshops, so they are not for beginners.
The minimum level of experience would be film students with a master's degree. Most of our alumni are professional writers, directors, creative producers, showrunners, story editors and development executives working in the Film and TV industry, worldwide.
Screenwriting requires talent, hard work, and originality, so we don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach.
If you're looking for a modern, flexible approach to story structure, if you want to learn about the craft and are keen to troubleshoot your projects, then our workshops are worth considering.
How are the workshops delivered?
Currently, all our workshops are delivered online, using our webinar platform for interactive lectures and Zoom for Q&As. They are designed for closed groups and commissioned by independent producers, studios and training organisations.
We use advanced tools to provide a unique, engaging experience.
We are in the process of converting our live workshops into self-led online courses accessible to individuals.
Are there prerequisites or language requirements?
All our workshops are delivered in English, so a good understanding of the language is necessary.
Otherwise, you're expected to have an intermediate to advanced understanding and practice of screenwriting.
Some add-on modules require participants to have attended our Advanced Development Workshop or read "Screenwriting Unchained" before going through the training. This will be specified for each workshop.
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