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MIDPOINT Writers' Room 2020

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One of MIDPOINT Institute's programs dedicated to scripted series writing and development, the Writers’ Room is a sidebar module of the project-based TV Launch and is designed to train specialized skills and offer practical knowledge about the organization of a writers’ room.

Organizational information

The one-off event runs in 4 1/2 training days and consists of lectures, plotting and writing exercises and simulation of a writers’ room. The program runs in the English language.

Dates and venues

October 14 - 23, 2020
Online

The program's schedule and the form of the organization inevitably depend on the development of the coronavirus pandemic situation.

Who is it for?

  • writers
  • creative producers with some experience in writing and the ambition of becoming creators/showrunners

Eligible countries

all Europe (primary focus on Central and Eastern Europe)


Contact person

Katarina Tomkova
Program Coordinator
katarina.tomkova@midpoint-institute.eu

"An intense training on how writers’ rooms on international series work, that gave me immense practical knowledge in a very short amount of time. It also offered an insight in the international industry of television and functioned as an inspiring environment with networking and collaboration opportunities."

Anna Skordi
Writer, Writers' Room 2019 alumna

Participants

Tutors

Ben Harris
Ben has just finished writing and executive producing Young Wallander, the show he created for Yellowbird and Netflix about the formative experiences of the iconic detective Kurt Wallander. Before ...
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Gabor Krigler
Hungary
Gabor’s career began in the writing staff of a daily serial at Grundy UFA in 1999. He became a Creative Executive at the Budapest office of HBO Europe in 2010, responsible for all creative aspects ...
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Methodology

The individual participants, entering the program as talents looking into enhancing their craft and writing skills, will get acquainted with the structure, hierarchy and processes running in a writers’ room from two different perspectives: of a procedural and a serialized show. Theoretical lectures and plotting exercises will be offered alongside the simulation.

The program’s graduates will acquire knowledge and skills connected to the processes occurring during scripted series writing, such as creative teamwork, joint brainstorming, and creating or following one unified narrative voice and vision as well as the structure of a series episode itself.

Lectures

  • Lectures
    Lectures
    Inside the Writers' Room
    Ben Harris
    October 14, 2020 | Online

    Experienced UK-based writer and producer Ben Harris (Young Wallander, Devils, Ransom, Marcella) will talk about all the essentials of running a writers‘ room: the methods of breaking a story, means of managing a team and dealing with the networks, while sharing his own invaluable experiences in the series industry.

    The Narrative Foundations of a Series Project
    Gabor Krigler
    October 14, 2020 | Online

    Gabor Krigler, the founder of Joyrider TV and former Creative Executive and Producer at HBO Hungary, will explain how the pilot episode of a drama series must serve many different needs. It has to be a great story itself but it also must set up a long, ongoing narrative. He will be looking at the various elements that need to be introduced in a pilot to hook the audience and create an emotional experience they want to return to. The second part of the discussion focuses on the creative processes behind the show bible and what it needs to contain to help sell your project first, and then serve as a springboard for further development.

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