The Rewrite Stuff: 12 Ways to a Stronger Series

Spend an intensive week working on twelve key aspects of your series design while perfecting your pitch, get feedback from experienced peers through a series of group and individual meetings led by Emmanuel Oberg and be ready to take the market by storm within 12 weeks!

Average Rating: 5.0 stars (based on 33 ratings)

The course had more jaw-dropping moments than Game of Thrones.

To sum it up in one word, INSPIRING! 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.

Danny McCafferty

Meticulously designed to make every bit of information comprehensible and enjoyable!

I am blown away by the attention to detail and care that was shown by Emmanuel in constructing this course. I have never been on a writing course that is so meticulously designed to make every bit of information comprehensible and enjoyable. […] I can’t wait to get stuck into my TV pilot knowing I have all the tools and material I need to make a compelling show.

Tania Notaro

Excellent, insightful and practical

Emmanuel’s approach is comprehensive, insightful and gives you the tools to design, test and troubleshoot your scripts or any Story writing project you undertake. The course is intensive and you really need to cover the material […] to get a complete appreciation of the principles involved. It has given me food for thought, ideas on how to approach my projects and I’m looking forward to troubleshooting the projects that need rewriting. Thank you Emmanuel!

Tom Halton
HMHmmmmm Limited

Thoroughly recommend this inspirational and practical course

The structure of the TV show you aspire to write – broken down for you, by a professional. That’s what this course achieves. It is extremely well researched, and uses very up-to-date references as examples of each story type. The tone of the live training is informal, humorous but practical and straightforward. Emmanuel […] knows his subject inside out, explains it in great detail[…]. I left this course excited about my project and would thoroughly recommend that anyone who aspires to TV screenwriting take these workshops.

Dara Flynn

Great Experience

I had high hopes for this course, that I would gain certain insights on how to progress my own project and learn what approach to take with different types of stories . This online course surpassed my expectations. I found it interesting and full of worthwhile information that I can use in a practical way going forward. I would certainly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the area.

Mark Hayes
Clear Haze Limited

A Toolbox Filled to Bursting

An excellent experience. Emmanuel doesn’t preach a magic formula for writing success, instead he presents a flexible set of dramatic tools that can be applied to any genre, format or process and which are far, far more helpful than any rigid creative doctrine. The course was both enjoyable in its own right and insightful on its topics. I would highly recommend it to anyone, regardless of your position in the screen sector.

Adam O'Keeffe

A superb and refreshing online course!

‘Writing a Successful TV Series’ is a superb online course. […] It is a welcome alternative to the plethora of other structural analyses out there that often appear to strive for adherence to time-based units of progression without prioritising the internal dramatic engine. […] I would thoroughly recommend the course for any aspiring and indeed many experienced writers.

Dominic Wright

Brilliant step by step guide in how to design a TV series

For a total novice, only started in TV writing and intimidated by the gargantuan task ahead of me, I really needed a course like this. Emmanuel broke down the elements into fresh, manageable parts, posed all the right questions, explained their importance and challenged me to think more deeply about the ultimate question – What’s really at stake? It opened my eyes to both the flaws and opportunities in my project.

Lisa Callanan

A fabulous insight into the structure of TV Series

“Writing A Successful TV Series” online course, provides a fabulous insight into the structure of TV series and how to troubleshoot your project. Emmanuel covers everything from story structure to constructing your own series bible, using great examples and case studies of some successful TV shows along the way. […]. Highly recommend this for anyone looking to learn more about structure and design.

Heather MacLeod

Easy to grasp and use in relation to your own work

Emmanuel breaks down story structure in a fresh way that really opens up the process of writing without hindering you with set rules and page numbers. His deep dive into case studies made his concepts immensely easy to grasp and use in relation to your own work.

Graeme

Helping me to understand and appreciate the stories I want to tell.

Emmanuel’s passion for storytelling throughout the course was infectious from the get go. Having such an engaging tutor was a huge help to me in bringing my own stories to life.
Sign up for his course today; you won’t regret it.

Paddy C. Courtney

Fantastic and in-depth course on the fundamentals of story and structure

I really enjoyed this course and think it will change forever how I approach writing and watching TV and film. I’ve read a lot of screenwriting books and almost all point to a narrow and often contrived approach to writing which never really sat right with me. Now, I understand why.

Nicola Cassidy

Thought provoking and practical

I found the ‘Writing a Successful TV Series’ hugely informative, thought provoking and practical in terms of giving you an additional ‘toolset’ for the development of stories. The case studies are excellent, and feature a forensic level of analysis of dramatic structure in hit TV serials. Highly recommended!

Bob Jackson

Great!

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 think I will come back again and again to all I’ve learned here.

Fiona Diver
Writer

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.”

Niamh O'Connor

Excellent course for those who work with story

Excellent course for those who work with story – writers, directors and producers. […] Emmanuel is an engaging and insightful teacher.

Imogen Murphy

Creating a common toolbox for writers working together

TV Series is a wonderful aid for writers and producers working together. […] 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.

Bláthnaid de Róiste
Danú Media Teoranta

A brilliant and comprehensive one stop shop

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.

JJ Ó Dochartaigh
Losta Plot

A great course

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.

Brian Ó Tiomáin

An engaging masterclass in storytelling

Emmanuel was engaging throughout and his passion for storytelling has definitely encouraged me to put pen to paper.

Proinsias Ó Coinn

An insightful, clarifying and fun workshop!

Emmanuel Oberg’s workshop offers an insightful and comprehensive way to approach tv series narrative and structure. […] 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.

Cristina Zumarraga

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.

David Keitsch
Komplizen Serien

Thanks, Emmanuel!

Of all the many international workshops I have done, I have rarely experienced one that offered such a steep learning curve. Thanks, Emmanuel.

Ivan Madeo

TV Series Workshop for CE Desk Latvia

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!!!

Lelda Ozola

An enlightening experience

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.

Sinead Collopy
Screenwriter

Great tools

This workshop is great. Leaving you with many tools to help with redrafting and reassessing your bibles and pilots. Thanks Emmanuel.

Paul Walker

Extremely enlightening and informative

Extremely enlightening and informative.

Conor Matthews

Brilliant!

This 4 day online course was really enjoyable. Emmanuel presented it very well and it was interesting from start to finish.

Niamh Ní Chualáin

Highly Instructive Webinar

I found Emmanuel’s course immensely beneficial. I could not recommend his courses more highly.

Peadar Cox
Ros na Rún

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. […] I would definitely recommend it!

Daria Keršić

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.

Helen Perquy

Impressive knowledge!

Emmanuel’s knowledge about the different screenwriting approaches is impressive.

Arash T. Riahi

Helpful, necessary and stimulating…

A helpful, necessary and stimulating approach to structure!

Laura Gragg

Give Your TV Project a Total Makeover in 12 Weeks

Apply all the tools explored in the TV Series Workshop or Course to your own project, with feedback from a group of experienced peers led by Emmanuel Oberg

This new module is an extension of our acclaimed TV Series Workshop, which has been delivered successfully across Europe since 2019 and was recently adapted into a self-led online-course.

Based on Oberg’s innovative Story-Type Method®, this rewrite workshop builds on the tools and principles explored during the TV Series Workshop / Course and puts them into practice through an intensive process that tackles both the story design of an existing TV Series project and how to best pitch it and sell it. Note: For Feature Film projects, please see The Rewrite Stuff: 12 Ways to a Stronger Screenplay. This rewrite workshop can also be adapted to follow a genre add-on module focusing specifically on thriller, comedy or animation projects.

“The Rewrite Stuff” is project-based, so five to twelve projects are selected at least four weeks before the beginning of the workshop. The initial week uses one of the final topics in course / workshop — "12 Ways to a Stronger Series" — as a framework to focus on twelve key areas of series design through project work. It ends with a series of individual meetings to define the aim of the rewrite. An optional follow-up meeting within the next 12 weeks can be offered to assess the revised series and provide final feedback.

The aim of the workshop is to give each project a complete makeover. By the end of the first four days, participants will have a clearer understanding of their series design, they’ll have received constructive feedback from their peers through group work led by Emmanuel Oberg and they’ll have refined their pitch (both written and verbal). After the first series of individual meetings with Emmanuel immediately following that, they’ll have a clear action plan for a rewrite. Then, after an optional meeting with Emmanuel following their rewrite, they should have a project ready to go to market.

Who can apply?

  • Development Teams (writer / director / creator / showrunner / producer / story editor developing the same project). A team cannot apply without a project and the associated writer / creator. Min. 2, max. 5 applicants per team.
  • “Solo” writers with a project who are happy to be paired with another solo writer for the duration of the main workshop (4 days). When working as a team, solo writers will have read each other’s project and will work on both projects during the project work sessions.

Note 1: Applicants must be available for the entire duration of the workshop (4 full days + 1.5 hours on day 5 or 6). They should be happy to read 3-5 projects from other participants (each project being 15 pages max.) and willing to let their project be read by other participants. Non-disclosure agreements will be issued.

Note 2: Participants are expected to have attended our TV Series Add-On Workshop or online course, so that everyone speaks a common language during the workshop. Access to the self-led online course can also be provided for selected participants (please see options in the Fees section). Ideally, this hands-on rewrite workshop immediately follows a TV Series Workshop.

With Which Projects?

Applicants (solo writers or development teams) need to have a TV Series project with a treatment / bible / pitch deck describing the whole series (if limited) or at least the first season (if serial / procedural). This working document should be at most 15 pages long.

Once selected, participants can also submit a draft of the pilot / first episode (max. 90 pages) before the workshop for feedback during individual meetings. Having a pilot ready isn't necessary to apply.

Submitting an outline of each episode for the first season and arcs for future seasons is welcome but not necessary as these can be added during or after the workshop.

Any series type (procedural, serial, anthological, etc.) or genre is eligible, except non-fiction / documentaries.

Workshop Overview

The workshop starts with a 'meet and greet' and a short introduction, immediately followed by a pitching session so that everyone gets to know all the other participants and their projects.

Emmanuel then introduces the first of the “12 Ways to a Stronger Series” (series type, story-type and genre) to the full group so that participants can start working on their own projects, either as a development team or as a pair of solo writers, while meetings led by Emmanuel take place to discuss projects in split groups (4-6 projects per group). Project work on the first topic is then debriefed with the full group at the end of day 1.

Over the next three days, project work continues in small teams on the remaining eleven topics, each session starting with a short brief and ending with a debrief with Emmanuel, before a final pitching session and conclusion at the end of day 4. Emmanuel remains available at all times to answer questions arising during project work on days 2, 3 and 4.

A series of individual project meetings with Emmanuel for each solo writer or development team will take place on days 5 and 6, to wrap things up and define a clear action plan for the rewrite of each project. An optional follow-up meeting can be held within 12 weeks to provide final assessment and feedback before the project goes to market.

Like the TV Series Workshop, this hands-on workshop puts a strong emphasis on each project reaching the widest possible audience, both at home and abroad, without limiting the filmmakers' creative freedom.

This live, interactive workshop is usually fine-tuned to the specific needs of a production company, regional / national funding body or studio. For example, the number of projects, participants and meetings can be adjusted as needed and optional access to the online course can be offered to participants before, during and after the workshop. Please see the fees and options below for more details.

It is delivered online as standard to closed groups of ten to forty-eight participants. Travel permitting, it can also be delivered in person, for an additional fee.

The Rewrite Stuff
12 Ways to a Stronger Series
Fees on January 1st, 2022

Excl. 20% UK VAT where applicable
INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION COMPANY

From £9,995
for 5 projects (max. 6)

  • Includes preparation and online delivery (using Zoom)
  • In-Person delivery, travel & accommodation costs on top
  • A/V equipment / Meeting room not included
  • £695 for one additional project (£1,190 with optional 2nd meeting within 12 weeks)
  • All individual meetings are extended script chats (up to 90 min.)
  • Maximum 6 projects / 20 participants

This version of the workshop is aimed at independent production companies looking to give an accelerated boost to up to six projects in active development on their slate.

For more than six projects, producers are invited to select the group / studio option.

The main difference between the two options is that there are no split groups for independent producers. Participants read all the projects and we discuss them as one group.

OPTIONAL GROUP LICENSE

From £1,995
For up to 20 participants

  • This group license includes 90-day access to the TV Series self-led course for up to 20 participants who have already done the course — this could include up to 3 who haven't.
  • £95 for each additional participant who has already done the course (beyond the up to 20 included in the group license).
  • £295 for each additional participant who has not already done the course (beyond the up to 3 included in the group license).

If the "Rewrite Stuff" hands-on workshop doesn't immediately follow a TV Series Workshop, it can be beneficial to provide access to the TV Series Online Course to participants so that they can go through the content to prepare and access it for reference during or after the hands-on workshop.

If the "Rewrite Stuff" workshop immediately follows a TV Series Workshop, then the course access is extended from 30 days to 90 days and there is no additional cost.

FILM FUND OR GROUP / STUDIO

From £11,995
for 8 projects (max. 12)

  • Includes preparation and online delivery (using Zoom)
  • In-Person delivery, travel and accommodation costs on top
  • A/V equipment / Meeting room not included
  • £695 for each additional project (£1,190 with optional 2nd meeting within 12 weeks)
  • All individual meetings are extended script chats (up to 90 min.)
  • Maximum 12 projects / 48 participants

This version of the workshop is aimed at regional / national funds or organisations who would like to train a larger number of participants (up to 48, with a maximum of 12 projects).

It's also the option a media group or studio would go for to boost the development of up to 12 series projects.

Participants are split into half-groups during group work so that they don't have to read more than 4-6 projects (each 15 pages max).

What People Say About the TV Series Workshop

Average Rating: 5.0 stars (based on 33 ratings)

Meticulously designed to make every bit of information comprehensible and enjoyable!

I am blown away by the attention to detail and care that was shown by Emmanuel in constructing this course. I have never been on a writing course that is so meticulously designed to make every bit of information comprehensible and enjoyable. It took one week with Emmanuel for me to understand story design, character and structure at an in-depth level I didn’t think was possible to attain in such a short time. I can’t wait to get stuck into my TV pilot knowing I have all the tools and material I need to make a compelling show.

Tania Notaro

A superb and refreshing online course!

‘Writing a Successful TV Series’ is a superb online course. The story-type method is a refreshing approach, driven by dramatic conflict rooted in causality and understandable character action, reaction and evolution. It is a welcome alternative to the plethora of other structural analyses out there that often appear to strive for adherence to time-based units of progression without prioritising the internal dramatic engine. I absolutely agree with the idea of the fractal aspect of storytelling at season, series, episode, sequence and scene level – nature is built on fractals so it makes complete sense that drama that resonates with us is too. I would thoroughly recommend the course for any aspiring and indeed many experienced writers.

Dominic Wright

Helping me to understand and appreciate the stories I want to tell.

Emmanuel’s passion for storytelling throughout the course was infectious from the get go. Having such an engaging tutor was a huge help to me in bringing my own stories to life.
Sign up for his course today; you won’t regret it.

Paddy C. Courtney

Great!

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.

Fiona Diver
Writer

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.”

Niamh O'Connor

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.

Bláthnaid de Róiste
Danú Media Teoranta

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.

Cristina Zumarraga

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.

Sinead Collopy
Screenwriter

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]

Peadar Cox
Ros na Rún

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.

Helen Perquy

Impressive knowledge!

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.

Arash T. Riahi

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