Presented for Screenworks by Media Mentors.

Applications open to Screenworks members who live in regional NSW – only 15 places available.

It’s great to get the opportunity to pitch a Doco or Factual idea – and even better to get a commission from your pitch.

But, then, you’ve got to deliver!

We’ve got the training workshop for you – it’s storytelling with strategies for taking your ideas from the page to the screen!

Media Mentors offers a fully mentored and supported, practical two month online programme which focuses on how to successfully tell stories from start to finish.


Part 1.

There will be four weekly, two-hour workshops delivered via zoom, covering how to find a story, how to research the subject matter, tell the story visually and in sound, research the audience, get to know the potential market place and deliver exciting, engaging, successful stories.

The participants will work with a tried and tested manual, which they can use for reference and can stream the sessions to revisit as required

Part 2.

Then comes what Media Mentors call the “long tail.” Participants put into practice what they’ve learned by delivering a short film in just 4 weeks! It could be a proof of concept, a trailer or a scene from their factual idea, and you can work as an individual or as part of a team. The style and content of the short film will be decided during the course and the duration will be between 1 and 5 mins.

At the start of part 2 there’ll be a one-hour online via zoom setting goals session defining what they will achieve in the next four weeks of production.

A moderated and supported WhatsApp group will run throughout this period to support all participants to produce fantastic content they can use to pitch their idea or be part of their film.

Finally a show and tell online via zoom graduation session – where the work they’ve done during the course is shown to the group – with a BYO glass of something to celebrate the screening.

Who is this designed for?  For the amateur and the professional – and everybody in between – who want to know how to tell a good yarn or to improve their story-telling skills.

Applications open to Screenworks members who live in regional NSW – only 15 places available.




Application Deadline 9am 29 June, 2020 Applications close

Key Dates

6 July, 2020 Successful applicants notified.

Sessions delivered on line via zoom

Thursday 16th July 6pm – 8pm

Thursday 23rd July 6pm – 8pm

Thursday 30th July 6pm – 8pm

Wednesday 5th August 6pm – 8pm

Thursday 13th Aug 6pm – 7pm goal setting for phase two

On going online support during production of short film over four weeks.

Wk commencing 7th September, 2 hr wrap up workshop

Media Mentors is pleased to offer discounted mentorship at the completion of the course.


Denise Erikson

I bloody love “television” – creative content made for all platforms – and my career has allowed me to play in that particular sandpit for more years than I can remember! I binge watch everything from high-end (and low rent) drama and documentary to factual and reality shows.

I’ve worked as a journalist, producer and Executive Producer around the world – and in brilliant jobs as Head of Factual and Head of Current Affairs at the ABC and Head of Production and Development at SBS.

I regularly consult for international companies setting up in Australia – and I’m currently Development Executive in Australia for Arrow Media UK.

In tandem with my production and commissioning career, I’ve made it my mission to ensure that talented people access the training and resources they need to forge their careers. I’ve run courses for the BBC, ITV, ABC, SBS, NITV, TVNZ and RTE. Most recently, I trained journalists and producers in Ho Chi Minh–and worked as co-Director of Make It in Melbourne for AFTRS and Film Vic.

My career highlights? Making shows that audiences love, create careers or educate while entertaining. Oh – and bringing Australia’s own Eurovision broadcasts to SBS.

Esther Coleman-Hawkins

I’m a smart, creative and innovative producer with a wealth of worldwide programming experience. From the award-winning Revolution School for ABC1 to the Logie-nominated Last Chance Saloon, my goal is to bring intimate stories to life with insight and humour.

I’m also a long-standing, and enthusiastic, veteran of development. I thrive with the challenge of turning an exciting idea into a successful TV series. Some of my favourite success stories are Luke Warm Sex, Secrets of Our Suburbs and House of Food Obsessives.

Alongside two decades of program making, I love coaching and mentoring people both inside and beyond the media industry.  I’ve helped people kick start their projects and revamp, restart or change careers.  I’m driven by the fact that I love working and I think, given how much of our lives most us of spend at work, that we need to do something that meets our needs

This event is made possible with support from Create NSW, Southern Cross University and Media Mentors


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