Byron Bay region, 13th – 14th July, 2019

Screenworks’ Writing for TV Intensive is a 2-day professional development workshop designed to support regional writers in building skills and techniques for creating successful TV drama in a writers’ room environment.

Guided by acclaimed screenwriter and script advisor Holly Lyons, selected applicants will be taken through the key elements fundamental to successful TV drama, including how to devise characters, challenge protagonists, develop premise and plot. Participants will work in a writers’ room environment to learn essential plotting skills. In this creative space, collaboration, compromise and an ability to work to a deadline will be key. This workshop will also help writers understand how to apply these skills when developing their own original series, and how to prepare for the opportunities in television writers’ rooms.

Participants can apply for a follow-up Skype meeting with Holly Lyons for project and career advice.

This workshop is most relevant to early-career regionally based writers who have some experience in writing drama and an ambition to write drama for TV.

Applicants are asked to submit a 3-page sample of their drama script writing. If you want to also apply for a follow-up meeting with Holly Lyons you will need to submit a 2-page pitch document with your application, which details your original series and demonstrates where your drama could sit in the current TV landscape.

Applications are open to writers living in regional NSW, regional Queensland and Western Australia (with preference given to regional Western Australians).  Definitions of regional areas can be found here

Deadline for applications is 9am Monday 17th June 2019.

The cost to selected applicants from NSW is $200* which includes tuition, catering and a follow-up consultation.

*Selected applicants from regional Queensland, will be supported by Screen Queensland and from Western Australia will be supported by Screenwest (preference will be given to regional Western Australians). Definitions of regional areas can be found here

Applications will be assessed by a panel made up of Screenworks board and staff, the guest speaker and state funding body representatives.


Holly Lyons

Holly Lyons is a screenwriter with extensive experience in Australia and the UK – she has over 400 hours of broadcast credits, as a writer or script editor. In the UK, Holly co-created the action comedy, Help! I’m a Teenage Outlaw (ITV) and script edited Emmerdale. She was awarded an EBU development grant of 15,000 euros; and she was nominated for a Prix Jeunesse. Since returning to Australia, Holly has worked on numerous series such as Home and Away, Neighbours, Skinner Boys, Bananas in Pyjamas. Holly’s play Space Virgins was a finalist in the ATYP Foundation Commission. Recently, Holly has returned to the script department of Home and Away (Network Seven).

Holly is committed to supporting emerging writers – she is the founder of the script assessment service, She is currently script editor for the Screen Australia funded webseries, All for Eve created by Olga Markovic. In 2017 Holly conducted a biometric study into what key elements make a successful pitch, and since then she has delivered Pitching Workshops all over Australia. In 2018 Holly presented for WIFT SA, Queensland’s Emerging ScreenMakers’ Conference; the Adelaide Film Festival and Screen Forever Melbourne. Holly lectures in Screenwriting for AFTRS, NIDA, the Australian Writers’ Centre, Screen Queensland and the University of Wollongong.




Screenworks’ 2019 Writing Intensive is proudly supported by the Linnaeus Estate Education Fund.





Screenworks’ 2019 Writing Intensive is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW




Two regional Queensland participants will be supported by Screen Queensland




Two regional Western Australian participants will be supported by Screenwest




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