Writing a Successful
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 contact us for more details.
Improve How you Pitch and Develop Projects
for Television and Online Streaming in 30 Days
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, Friends, 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's Included in This Course?
- 30-day access to the 'Writing a Successful TV Series' course (10 hours of self-led content in 8 training modules).
- Interactive quizzes at the end of each 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, raising questions and suggesting practical tips so that you can apply the content of each module to your show 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.
- '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 as you make your way from writer's PA to showrunner in a virtual writers' room and see if you earn a spot on the 'All-Time Best' leaderboard...
- Suggested course schedule: Week 1 is for series watching, Week 2 is for Modules 1-3 (Series Design and Project Development), Week 3 is for Modules 4-8 (Case Studies and Conclusion), Week 4 is to revisit the content of the course. In the end, it's up to you: The whole course is available right away, so you can binge it all in a week or take a whole month to go through the content if you've done the preparation before starting the course.
- Permanent access to extensive course materials including: all the slides shown during the course; Oberg's exclusive in-depth analysis of 'Stranger Things' (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 25% off a 'Script Chat' if they would like one-to-one feedback on a project within 30 days of the end of the course.
Important Note Regarding Preparation
'Writing a successful TV Series' is an add-on to the main Advanced Development online course / workshop, so you're expected to be familiar with the method already. If you haven't followed Oberg's Advanced Development Workshop or read Screenwriting Unchained recently, we highly recommend that you read the book or take the main Advanced Development online course before purchasing this add-on.
If you're ready to compromise or just need a refresher, reading the free sampler of Screenwriting Unchained (first 60 pages of the book) is the minimum pre-requisite. It's available as a free download in the Members' Area.
Assuming you're already familiar with the method, you'll need at least a week to prepare if you want to make the most of this course as we recommend you watch a few series before going through the case studies (Modules 4-7). It's possible to do this preparation as you go through the first three modules of the course (Series Design and Project Development), but please be aware that the whole content is designed assuming you've watched these series before you start.
The 'Welcome to the Course!' section is freely accessible to allow you to look at the 'Preparation and Resources' topic and get a sense of how much preparation is involved. That way, should you want to, you can prepare ahead of your purchase in order to maximise your access window to the course.
Writing a Successful TV Series Online Course
NEXT INTAKE: NOVEMBER 2021
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What People Say
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 – not only the minimum trailers and first episodes or seasons but also preferably the full Series of the case studies 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!
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 Oberg is a professional in screenwriting who knows his subject inside out, explains it in great detail, and he also uses visual diagrams to represent some of the more complex elements. I left this course excited about my project and would thoroughly recommend that anyone who aspires to TV screenwriting take these workshops.
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. [Writing a Successful TV Series Online Course for Screen Skills Ireland and Screen Skillnet, June 2021]
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. [Writing a Successful TV Series for Screen Skills Ireland and Screen Skillnet, June 2021]
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. [Writing a Successful TV Series Online Course for Screen Skills Ireland and Screen Skillnet, June 2021]
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. [Writing a Successful TV Series Online Course for Screen Skills Ireland and Screen Skillnet, June 2021]
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 really opened my eyes to both the flaws and opportunities in my project.
In terms of the online course. As someone with patchy or no WiFi during the days allocated to the workshops with Emmanuel, I had to speed watch whenever I got a chance. I found it overwhelming so I would recommend taking your time with his excellent video instructions and rewatching the videos again and again before taking the tests.
I would strongly recommend that you buy his book Screenwriting Unchained. It compliments the course and helps you to make sense of the large body information provided online. [Writing a Successful TV Series Online Course for Screen Skills Ireland and Screen Skillnet, June 2021]
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. The blend of self led modules and online workshops and Q&As is an excellent way for everyone to work at their own pace. Highly recommend this for anyone looking to learn more about structure and design. [Writing a successful TV Series Online Course for Screen Skills Ireland and Screen Skillnet, June 2021]
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. I highly recommend his courses to really get that extra personal level he brings to the live lectures and Q&A’s. [Writing a Successful TV Series Online Course for Screen Skills Ireland and Screen Skillnet, June 2021]
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. [Writing a Successful TV Series Online Course for Screen Skills Ireland and Screen Skillnet, June 2021]
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. There’s a lot to unpack and I’ll be digesting the information for a long time to come, but overall I am coming away with permission to be more creative, while meeting the constraints required for screenwriting production. Thank you! [Writing a Successful TV Series Online Course for Screen Skills Ireland and Screen Skillnet, June 2021]
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! [Writing a Successful TV Series Online Course – Spring 2021]
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. I enjoyed the course taught by Emmanuel Oberg a lot and feel that I can use the tools provided very well for current and future projects in series but definitely also feature films. Highly recommended as a course to learn about strategic approaches to creating and checking the stories you work on – also as a producer! [Screenwriting Unchained Intro and Writing a Successful TV Series Online Course – Spring 2021]
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]
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]
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