One of MIDPOINT Institute's programs dedicated to scripted series writing and development, the Writers’ Room is designed to train specialized writing skills and offer practical knowledge about the organization of a writers’ room.
The one-off event spans over 4 training days and consists of lectures and simulation of a writers’ room, including plotting and writing exercises, and is aimed at writers and producers with the ambition of becoming hired writers’ room members or showrunners, without a particular project in development. 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.
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.
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October 18 - 21, 2021
(in case an online format is inevitable, the workshop's span is expected for approx. 2 weeks)
Obristvi, located near Prague, Czech Republic
* writers or writing producers (active role in the program)
* producers (observing role in the program)
* all Europe (primary focus on Central and Eastern Europe)
* 500 EUR
The tuition, full board and accommodation is offered within the participation fee. Travel costs should be covered by the participants themselves.
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 selected series' first season
/ approx. 10-page excerpt of a script written by the applicant*
*only mandatory for submitters applying as actively writing participants
You can apply to the program in two capacities:
/ active writer
/ observing producer
If you want to know more about these two roles, please visit our FAQ section.
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.
I'm a writer and producer – how do I choose in which capacity am I to apply for the program?
This really depends on your ambitions: if you'd like to participate in writing and be trained in actual writing skills, we'd suggest applying as a writer. As a writer, we will be asking you to participate in writing exercises during the training. If your profile is more of a producer and you feel more comfortable in a semi-observing position, we suggest you apply as an observing producer.
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.
What background should the writing 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 designed for writers wanting to train their skills in series writing, in particular. Writers that have written features, documentaries, shorts or series before are welcome. But so are script editors or directors or any other actively writing talents.
How many participants does the Writers' Room program expect to select?
We're anticipating 8–10 writing participants, and 1–2 observing producers, divided in two groups for the training.
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.
What is the function of an observing producer in the training?
While the selected writers will be actively participating in all the writing and plotting exercises, and actively work throughout the training, the producers will rather take on an observing position. But don't get us wrong, it will be no holiday. They will be still asked to participate and be a part of the discussion.
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.
Does MIDPOINT Institute offer scholarships?
Sadly, not for this particular program. We HIGHLY recommend to submit an application to a national organization (fund, institute, ministry) 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.
Mr. Hjorth will focus on what is the key decisive factor in a writers' room: the creative collaboration, using a familiar character driven show as an example.
Obristvi, Czech Republic
Ms. Murphy will discuss the highlights of the most powerful and critical parts of your script… The beginning and the end. In this market of television where there are hundreds of shows to watch - how can you break out of the clutter? It is critical to hook the audience in the first 10 or 15 pages. This is the heart of your show… the make it or break it. Maggie will screen an assortment of iconic pilot openings and analyze why they keep the audience mesmerized. There will also be discussion on the ending of your pilot and how it must also be equally strong to bring the audience back for more.
Obristvi, Czech Republic / online
A look at behind the scenes of these sacred spots where tv series are conceived, written and refined, where you give birth to the characters and define the story, the structure and all aspects of writing for original dramas. After focusing on what happens and who works in a writer's room, we'll then focus on the differences with the writing for cinema and how the creative process unfolds in a television series.
Obristvi, Czech Republic