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.
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.
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.
The program's schedule and the form of the organization inevitably depend on the development of the coronavirus pandemic situation.
Note: Do you have a series project in development and want to work on it under the leadership of world-renowned tutors? Our "idea-to-market" project development program MIDPOINT TV Launch might be just the right thing for you! Within this program, we are also offering a training for aspiring development executives.
Independent producers interested in shifting from feature films to television content, feel free to learn more about our yet another TV dedicated sidebar program MIDPOINT Cold Open.
October 14 - 23, 2020
* creative producers with some experience in writing and the ambition of becoming creators/showrunners
* all Europe (primary focus on Central and Eastern Europe)
* 250 EUR per participant
To apply for the workshop, please create an account on the MIDPOINT Institute Visitor Page and follow the instructions within the submission form.
The instructions will contain detailed regulations and further information on the requested materials.
/ basic information on the applicant
/ motivation letter
/ general analysis of the television industry in the applicant's respective country
/ general analysis of a favorite series' first season
/ approx. 10-page excerpt of a script written by the applicant
I have an idea for a project. Is Writers' Room a program for me?
Not really. Writers' Room is a program designed to work on your skills, as opposed to a particular project. However, if you do have a project you'd like to develop within MIDPOINT, we strongly suggest that you apply for MIDPOINT TV Launch.
My English no good. Me can apply?
Sadly, no. As the entire training runs in English, and during the working days you'll be asked to write directly in English, we require an intermediate level of these language skills. This simply means: your grammar doesn't have to be perfect, but you need to talk/write fluently and have the vocabulary to do so.
How many participants does the Writers' Room program expect to select?
We're anticipating 8 - 10 participants, divided in two groups for the training.
I'm not European, can I apply?
The Writers' Room is specifically designed for European writers, as we'd like to address the demand for training coming particularly from this territory.
What background should the applicants have?
We don't like to narrow the profile of the applicants down too much, as we believe talent comes from all places, however, Writers' Room is a program designed particularly for writers wanting to train their skills and knowledge of writing television series in particular. It can be applicants that have written features or documentaries or shorts before, or even those who have some experience with writing television series but would like to try an international environment for this process. But it can also be producers with writing experience, script editors wanting to transform to writers working on television projects.
What sample of a script/writing should I submit in my application? Should the sample already be produced?
No, it doesn't have to be produced already, and you're most welcome to submit any fiction script you feel reflects your style the best: feature, short or series episode. Of course, the sent material has to be submitted in English.
Does MIDPOINT Institute offer scholarships?
Firstly, we HIGHLY recommend to submit an application to a local supporting organization at the same time you're applying to MIDPOINT Institute. You can always withdraw your application if not selected, but as the processing time of this support can be rather long, it might be quite late to do this once we confirm you're in. These supporting organizations usually are the national or local funds, ministries of culture or education, professional associations, etc. In exceptional cases, we can consider a scholarship.
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.
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.