Allaboutwriting Essential Scriptwriting: The Scene


Allaboutwriting’s Essential Scriptwriting: The Scene is an intensive one-day
exploration of scenes as the basic building blocks of television – or indeed, any –

Compelling and effective scenes lie at the heart of successful television drama. This
course looks at what makes scenes work – and how you can write them.

We’ve built the course around a series of exercises that challenge participants to
write three increasingly complex scenes.

We outline the specific demands and constraints of writing for television, before
showing the writer’s role in the collaborative process. The writer’s job on a typical
daily drama is to interpret in dramatic form the story that the team’s story-liners
have dreamt up.

We show how to structure a scene, how to animate it, and how to bring the
characters to life through what they do and say.

By the end of the course, you’ll have learned to avoid the pitfalls, and to write
compelling and memorable scenes.

Why should you do the course?

• To master a skill absolutely fundamental to dramatic writing of all sorts

• To hone your scriptwriting skills

• You need to write compelling and convincing scenes for your script to

Who will benefit?

• Anyone who wants to understand the nuts and bolts of TV drama

• Junior writers working on soaps or television dramas

• Anyone who wants to break into the world of television drama

• Aspirant screenplay writers

• Even writers of fiction and creative non-fiction will find an understanding of
scenes an immense benefit to their writing


Allaboutwriting’s one-day course, Essential Scriptwriting: The Scene,
introduces participants to the central importance of scenes in drama. Our focus is on
the demands and challenges of television drama, but the skills we’ll help develop are
of practical use to all story writers.

We explore the need to

• Know your characters

• Know the world of your characters

• Know your audience

• Know your story

And then, without further ado or explanation supply you with a typical television
scene “breakdown’ and challenge you to write the first of three scenes.

We view a number of dramatic scenes drawn from some of the best television dramas
of the last few decades, then analyse what the components of a great scene are.

• The characters

• The story

• The structure

• The business

• The dialogue

And then present you with a second challenge – a more complex scene which you
will write bearing all the points we have made in mind.

We focus in our final session on dialogue writing, and start by viewing a few scenes
distinguished by the excellence of their dialogue. We explore the attributes of fine
and compelling dialogue:

• How to write in character

• How to write efficient and effective dialogue

• How to suggest sub-text

• How to write convincing dialogue that borrows from, but is not a slavish
imitation of, real dialogue.

And we end with a final challenge: to write a scene in which dialogue is all-

Throughout the day, we’ll give kind but honest feedback on the scenes participants
have written.

Date: 9 June 2012

Time: 9h00 to 16h00

Venue: Parkview, Johannesburg.


Cost: R1250 which includes lunch and teas

For more information and to book your place please e-mail


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