TV Series Workshop
This workshop is currently delivered online to closed groups or teams of five to forty-nine participants. A larger audience is possible, at the expense of interactivity.
We use advanced presentation tools to deliver an interactive, engaging experience, including live online Q&A sessions, hands-on group work and optional one-to-one meetings on projects.
The content of this workshop is also accessible to individuals as a self-led online course, without a live element.
What's in it for You?
Based on Oberg’s innovative Story-Type Method®, this workshop explores the crucial distinction between conventional TV Series formats and the actual story structure lying underneath.
The aim of the workshop is to equip storytellers (writers, directors, producers, showrunners, story editors, development execs) with a detailed understanding of the principles at play in the pitching and development of a TV Series for broadcast or online streaming.
The workshop puts a strong emphasis on each project reaching the widest possible audience, both at home and abroad, without compromising the storytellers' creative ambition.
Using clips, examples and exclusive case studies from successful TV series such as Stranger Things, Killing Eve, Breaking Bad, Sex Education, Occupied, Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies, Fleabag, Happy Valley, Mr. Robot and many others we’ll look at the flexible yet powerful tools and techniques needed to master this popular storytelling form.
Finally, we’ll explore how to create an irresistible bible, a compelling pilot, unforgettable characters and addictive storylines that audiences around the world will want to watch week after week once they’re hooked on the first episode...
Writing a Successful TV Series Workshop:
Fees on January 1st, 2021
Excl. 20% UK VAT when applicable
INDEPENDANT PRODUCTION COMPANY
for 5-9 participants
- Includes preparation and delivery
- Travel & accommodation costs on top
- A/V equipment / Meeting room not included
Would you like to bring your script development skills to the next level and give your TV Series project a total makeover?
This package will train creative producers, development execs, story editors and writer/directors working for the same independent production company, making sure that everyone in the team is on the same page and equipped with the best tools when discussing TV Series. A separate slate assessment service can be arranged (fee to be defined depending on the number of projects in development).
One or more extra day(s) for project work can also be booked alongside the workshop to allow meetings on individual projects immediately after the last day. See the next column for more details.
OPTIONAL ONE-ON-ONE DAY
£1,995 (4 projects)
For project work meetings
- Includes preparation and delivery
- Up to four projects per day (90mn meetings)
- Actual fee varies, written notes optional
While the TV Series Workshop is very practical and allows the participants to focus on a specific project if they want to, there is no time during the workshop to discuss individual projects (except maybe briefly during the breaks!).
A number of extra days can therefore be booked along with the workshop to make time for specific projects to be read in advance and discussed with the creative team (producer, writer, director) immediately after the last day.
This fee includes preparation work for up to four projects. It varies depending on the exact number of projects and the actual amount of work requested (for example, written notes given after the meeting are an extra cost).
Beyond the strength and weaknesses of the screenplay, we'll try to look at the bigger picture and discuss which resources might be needed to move each project forward and which potential partner(s) might be involved.
REGIONAL/NATIONAL FUND OR STUDIO
for 10-20 participants
- Includes preparation and delivery
- Travel and accommodation costs on top
- A/V equipment / Meeting room not included
- £295 for each additional participant
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 forty-nine). It's also the option a studio would go for to train their development team and writers working with them in development.
The content of the workshop can be fine-tuned to a specific audience (for example producers, story editors and development execs, or writers and directors).
While the tools are the same, the approach can be different depending on the participants' role in development. This being said, the workshop works equally well with a mixed audience as long as participants have roughly the same level of experience.
What People Say
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]
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 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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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!!!
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 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]
Extremely enlightening and informative
Extremely enlightening and informative. [TV Series Online Workshop for Creative Europe Galway, May 2020]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Helpful, necessary and stimulating…
A helpful, necessary and stimulating approach to structure! [TV Series Workshop for ACE Producers, November 2019]
Have Any Questions?
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Who might want to attend a Story-Type Method workshop?
This is an add-on to our Advanced Development Workshop, so it's not for beginners.
The minimum level of experience would be film students with a master's degree. Most of our alumni are working professionals.
How is the workshop delivered?
Currently, all our workshops are delivered online, using our webinar platform for interactive lectures and Zoom for Q&A sessions.
We are also converting our workshops into self-led online courses. is already available to individuals.
Are there prerequisites or language requirements?
All our courses are delivered in English, so a good verbal understanding of the language is necessary.
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