One of MIDPOINT’s programs dedicated to TV series writing and development, the Writers’ Room, is a sidebar module of the project-based 9-months long TV Launch and is designed to support the training of specialized skills and offer practical knowledge about the organization of a writers’ room.
The one-off event runs in 4 training days and consists of lectures, plotting and writing training, and simulation of a writers’ room. The program runs in the English language.
The single 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 American and the European. 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 TV 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 TV series episode itself.
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.
November 4 - 9, 2019
Prague, Czech Republic
/ creative producers with some experience in writing and the ambition of becoming creators/showrunners
/ all Europe (primary focus on Central and Eastern Europe)
September 13, 2019
400 EUR per participant
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 Visitor Page and follow the instructions within the submission form.
The instructions will contain detailed regulations and further information on the requested materials.
/ biography and filmography
/ motivation letter
/ brief analysis of the television industry in the applicant’s respective country
/ script (creative work) sample
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. If you don't want to submit the entire script, please select approx. 20 pages.
Does MIDPOINT offer scholarships?
Firstly, we HIGHLY recommend to submit an application to a local supporting organization at the same time you're applying to MIDPOINT. 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.
Unwrapping the mystery of organizing a writers’ room, its purpose, hierarchy and the roles of the writers in it, Maggie Murphy (US) and Gabor Krigler (HU) will talk about their extensive experience with this powerful “tool”, shedding a light on how a European writers’ room might differ from the American one or if it works differently when writing a procedural and serialized show.
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With more than 25 years of experience in the television business, Maggie Murphy (Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope, Veronica Mars, Malcolm in the Middle and many more), will discuss the highlights of the most powerful and critical parts of a pilot script: the beginning and the end. In the market of television where there are hundreds of shows to watch - how to break out of the clutter. It is critical to hook the audience in the first 10 or 15 pages. This is the heart of a 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.
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Gabor Krigler, the founder of Joyrider TV and former Creative Executive and Producer at HBO Hungary, will explain why the pilot episode must serve many different needs. First and foremost, 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 make them want more of your stories.
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