Storytelling for Screenwriters

The deadline to apply is April 29th at 5PM

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Faced with the recent challenges of travel and social distancing, Screen Nova Scotia is offering selected screenwriters access to MediaXchange’s virtual workshop Storytelling for TV Screenwriters with acclaimed drama producer, commissioner, author, consultant and lecturer John Yorke (Executive Producer, Wolf Hall, Shameless, Life On Mars).

Please note: 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 four 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, April 29, 2020, at 5PM.

Storytelling for TV Screenwriters: A structured modular course that explores all the key components of writing for television. In thirty sessions over ten days, you’ll explore technique, structure and theory, as well as the methodology to transform knowledge into concrete application when writing, structuring and developing hit TV dramas. More info on this workshop is available HERE.

  • Advanced Structure & Story Rules: May 4th-8th, 2020
  • Advanced Character & Dialogue: June 22nd -26th, 2020

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 of Screen Nova Scotia;
  • Submit all the required application materials;
  • Commit to the workshop dates (May 4th-8th and June 22nd-26th).

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 “Screenwriters Workshop”. Due to tight timelines, late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact: Tara McClair, Operations & Communications Manager: / 902-229-1499.