Create A Hit TV Series: Workshop

The deadline to apply is October 28, 2020

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Faced with the ongoing challenges of travel and social distancing, Screen Nova Scotia is offering selected screenwriters access to MediaXchange’s online course Create a Hit TV Series: Story Development Workshop for Screenwriters with acclaimed drama producer, commissioner, author, consultant and lecturer John Yorke (Executive Producer, Wolf Hall, Shameless, Life On Mars).

Please note: this is the third workshop in the “Storytelling for TV Screenwriters” series from MediaXchange and John Yorke. If you participated in the first two workshops and confirmed your attendance with Screen Nova Scotia, then you do not need to reapply.

This course will not replace the Screenwriter Internship Program, but will provide a way for Nova Scotian screenwriters to continue to develop their knowledge, hone their skills, and stay connected to work during COVID-19.

Screen Nova Scotia will select two (2) emerging to mid-level Nova Scotian screenwriters to participate in this interactive live workshop, free of charge. Please read below for important details on the program format, eligibility criteria and submission requirements.

The deadline to apply is: Wednesday, October 28th at 5PM ADT.

Create a Hit TV Series: Effective television development requires a creative storytelling skillset, strategic positioning, and personality management. John Yorke has been behind some of the biggest hits in television and has distilled that knowledge into a development deep-dive. This story development workshop will explore technique, the role of the method of consumption in dictating story structure, and how to apply that knowledge into contemporary analysis and application. More information about this workshop can be found HERE.

Workshop Dates: November 23rd to 27th, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM (ADT)

Eligibility Criteria: Emerging and mid-level screenwriters are eligible to apply to the program. Please note that this is not an introductory course. An emerging screenwriter has experience in or has completed basic education and training in screenwriting, film and television production, film studies, and/or any field related to narrative and story structure. 

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a resident of Nova Scotia;
  • Be a member in good standing of Screen Nova Scotia;
  • Submit all the required application materials;
  • Commit to the workshop dates and times (as outlined above)

Application Process: Applicants will be selected on the basis of the following materials via a competitive application process. Applications will be reviewed by an independent jury of experienced screenwriters and showrunners.

  • A resume/CV that includes credits as well as relevant education and training;
  • A letter of interest/intent.

There is no fee to apply and Screen Nova Scotia will cover the registration cost of the workshop.

When submitting your application, please save both your CV and letter of interest/intent in .PDF format and send to: with the subject line “Story Development Workshop”. Due to tight timelines, late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have any questions about this workshop, please contact Sian Morris Ross, Industry Services & Locations Manager: / 902-229-1499.