Self-Led Online Courses

Discover an empowering and modern approach to story structure, learn at your own pace and get results!

These advanced development courses are accessible to individuals or groups from around the world. Some add-ons are only available as live workshops but will be converted soon.

THRILLER
Add-On
(Live Workshop)

COMEDY
Add-On
(Live Workshop)

ADVANCED DEVELOPMENT
Main Self-Led Course

ANIMATION
Add-On
(Live Workshop)

TV SERIES
Self-Led Add-On

Extremely helpful!

I found extremely helpful the information on story structure, juxtaposing logistical and dramatic acts, with flexibility as one of the factors. The same should be said regarding the difference between plot-lead and character-lead stories, as well as the original approach of the Maslov pyramid as an instrument for designing wider target audience. Thanks a lot for your knowledge.

Ligita Lukstraupe

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

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.

Mike van Diem

If you are going to do one TV writing course, do this one.

I had the pleasure of doing both Emmanuel’s online course and then experience the rewrite course in person. His online course is by far the most succinct, clear and easy to follow guide to help you in planning/developing or writing a TV series that I have ever completed. It’s also broken down in neat sections so you are not overwhelmed, and you have the slides as a take away so that you can refer to them in the future. In person he has a clear understanding and passion for TV series and he delivers his patented 12 steps in an entertaining, patient and concise fashion. I would highly recommend for people working in development and TV writers to take his course […].

Fiona Tuohy

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

A liberating revelation

So far I haven’t come across a take on story structure that has been as helpful and useful as this one.

Håkan Östlundh

Oberg has certainly shared some nifty moves

Emmanuel Oberg has certainly shared some nifty moves (NB tools, not rules) that I am sure will offer, if not “true ease in writing” then certainly a better understanding of the craft.

Roger Childs
RTÉ

Inspiring and educational course

I read the book Screenwriting Unchained and I found the title very appropriate as it unshackled me from the logistical dramatic approach that I always found restricting. The follow up course [on TV Series] was intense and demanding but rewarding and more than worth the effort.

Mícheál Ó Meallaigh
NA

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

It makes so much sense!

Emmanuel’s Story-Type method as explained in the [Screenwriting Unchained] course makes creative sense and deals with the real tasks and issues involved in developing a script/screenplay. The whole process has become more clear to me from following this course and I intend to wring every bit of wisdom and technique I can out of the full course over the next few weeks.

Tom Halton

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 workshop

It was a great self-learning experience that was really flexible to get done because of the videos provided which allowed for watching in your own pace and time schedule. […] Highly recommended as a course to learn about strategic approaches to creating and checking the stories you work on – also as a producer!

Noah Bohnert

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

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.

Karla Stojakova

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

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

An extraordinary course!

The practical tools will be tremendously useful and the resources a huge bonus.

Natasha Carlish
Producer, Dreamfinder

The right kind of teacher for inherently creative people.

Emmanuel 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.

Simon Perry

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.

Smita Bhide

I’m itching to write. I can think of no higher praise.

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!

Blathnaid De Roiste
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FAQ's

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Who might want to enrol in a Story-Type Method online course?

These are advanced courses, so they are not designed for complete beginners. However, we get excellent feedback from users with little experience, so they seem to work for a wide range of storytellers.

Most of our alumni are professional writers, directors, creative producers, showrunners, story editors and development executives working in the Film and TV industry, worldwide.

We don't believe in a one-size-fits-all, simplistic approach: Screenwriting and script development require talent, hard work, and originality.

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, our courses should be a great fit for you.

How are the courses delivered?

Our online courses are self-led, with no live interactive element as standard. However, we use advanced tools to deliver a unique experience: training videos with subtitles and transcripts, hands-on topics for project work, interactive quizzes, gamification, extensive course materials and optional feedback on projects.

Although the transcripts are not downloadable, all the slides shown in a course are included in the course materials. Some courses have companion books, in which case the book allows you to dive further into the subject. Free samplers of our books (first 60-70 pages) are also included in the course materials.

We can deliver live, interactive online sessions (Q&A, group work, project work, one-to-one meetings) for groups or teams of five or more participants, but these optional sessions can't be purchased directly from the website. Please look at our Live Workshops for more information or contact us.

If you'd like to get some feedback on your project after completing a course, please check our Consulting and Coaching options. Participants of our online courses get 25% off a Script Chat.

Are there prerequisites or language requirements?

Our online courses are delivered in English, so a good understanding of the language is necessary. Our training videos come with English subtitles and transcripts, which makes them more accessible to non-native English speakers.

Otherwise, you're expected to have an intermediate to advanced understanding and practice of screenwriting, but you don't need a huge amount of experience to benefit from them.

Some of our courses require participants to have read "Screenwriting Unchained" or to have taken the main Advanced Development Online Course before going through the content if they aren't already familiar with the method. This will be specified in the requirements for each course.

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