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 in TV series writing, such as creative team work, joint brainstorming, and creating or following one unified narrative voice and vision, as well as the structure of a TV series episode itself.
November 2 - 7, 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.
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.
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.
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 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.