Writing a Successful TV Series
This CPD certified, self-led online course is an adaptation of Emmanuel Oberg's acclaimed TV Series workshop. Unlike the workshop, it's open to individual participants, worldwide. There is no live interactive element included as standard.
Group licenses and cohort enrolment are available for groups or teams of five or more, along with optional live interactive elements (Q&A sessions, group work or one-to-one meetings), but these can't be purchased directly from the website. Please look at our Live Workshops or contact us for more details.
How to Pitch and Develop Projects
for Television and Online Streaming
Learn how to design an original series and increase your chances of reaching a wide audience, at home and abroad, without limiting your creative freedom!
Based on Oberg’s innovative Story-Type Method®, this self-led online course explores the crucial distinction between conventional TV Series formats (3-act, 4-act, 5-act, 7-act...) and the story structure lying underneath.
If you're developing ambitious, original projects at any budget level for a global audience and would like to find the most appropriate design for each individual series, then this course was made for you.
It aims to equip talented storytellers (writers, directors, creative producers, showrunners, development execs, story editors) with a detailed understanding of the principles at play in the pitching and development of a TV Series in order to help them design, troubleshoot and deliver outstanding stories!
Using examples and exclusive case studies from successful, recent TV series such as Stranger Things, Killing Eve, Sex Education, Occupied, Big Little Lies, Fleabag, Happy Valley, Transparent, Mr. Robot and many others, this course lifts the veil on the flexible yet powerful tools and techniques needed to master this popular storytelling form.
"Writing a Successful TV Series" will show you 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...
What do you get when you purchase this course?
- Complimentary 14-day access to the mini-course "Screenwriting Unchained - Introduction to the Story-Type Method" (3 hours of self-led online content, a $297 value) (dates TBC). This is to help with preparation if you haven't attended the Advanced Development Workshop or read "Screenwriting Unchained" recently and need a refresher. "Writing a successful TV Series" is an advanced add-on so you're expected to be familiar with the method already.
- 14-day access to the "Writing a Successful TV Series" course itself (10 hours of content in eight training modules) (dates TBC). Please note that this self-led online course includes no live element (Q&A sessions, group work, one-to-one meetings on projects). If you'd like to discuss such options for groups of five or more, please contact us.
- Interactive quizzes at the end of each training module, that help you check how much you've remembered, clarify your understanding and provide instant feedback depending on your answers, for example suggesting which topic you might want to revisit.
- Hands-On videos focusing on project development at the end of each module, raising questions and suggesting practical tips so that you can apply the content of each module to your series project as you go along. The last hands-on, "The Rewrite Stuff: 12 Ways to a Stronger Series", looks at twelve key areas for your upcoming rewrite.
- Optional "Writers' Room Game". As you go through the content and take the quizzes, you earn points depending on your answers. You can check your progress, compete with participants from your intake group, make your way from writer's PA to showrunner in a virtual writers' room and see if you earn a spot on the leaderboard...
- Permanent access to extensive course materials including: all the slides shown during the course; an exclusive in-depth analysis by Emmanuel Oberg of " " (detailed scene breakdowns, storylines and strands maps for the eight episodes of the first season); free samplers (first 60-70 pages) of Oberg's books; recommended reading and links to libraries of produced bibles, pilots and episodes.
- Participants who finish the course will receive a certificate of completion and 10% off our consulting and coaching fees on their first consultation, if they would like feedback on a project within 30 days of the end of the course.
Important Note Regarding Preparation
If you want to make the most of this course, you most likely need at least two weeks to prepare (mostly series watching and some reading/mini-course watching if you haven't attended the Advanced Development Workshop or read "" recently). This is why we close the intake two weeks before the course starts.
The 'Welcome to the Course!' section is freely accessible to allow you to take a look at the 'Preparation and Resources' topic and start preparation as soon as possible, even when the course is closed to enrolment.
If you don't have the time to prepare for this intake, we strongly recommend that you prepare at your own pace and wait for a future intake to enrol.
Writing a Successful TV Series Online Course:
Spring Intake - Enrolment Closed
Preparation - Dates TBA
"Introduction to the Story-Type Method" Self-Led Course Access - TBA
"Writing a Successful TV Series" Self-Led Course Access - TBA
NEXT INTAKE: SUMMER 2021 (TBC)
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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!!!
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