Intermediate Plotting Skills


Holly is often required to plot shows home alone – mainly for low budget projects who can’t afford a writers’ room. She will share how she manages to craft a character driven stories in isolation. It’s HARD!

      • Further develop the concept of story spring boards; thematic links and cliffhangers.
      • Using an existing Australian drama, be guided through the steps of how to plot an episode.
      • Using a plotting template, ensure your episode idea has unique reversals and escalations.
      • Explore foreboding and Superior Knowledge: and how to use them to the best advantage.

Perfect for participants who have already completed Scripteaser KEY PLOTTING SKILLS but not essential.

Holly will take you through techniques, tips, hints and short cuts when it comes to plotting television drama. Using an exisiting television series, the class will mirror a writers’ room environment, and implement Holly’s plotting techniques in a practical format.

Using a half hour narrative television series, we will mirror a writers’ room.

HOMEWORK: Implement and apply these plotting skills:

Each participant will be asked to use these plotting techniques to craft their own beat outline, for the selected television series. The challenge is to echo the tone and style of the series. Participants will deliver their beat outlines for one on one feedback on zoom.

What they say about this workshop…

“Having completed two online workshops with Holly I highly recommend her screenwriting expertise and experience. As an emerging screenwriter I have found her detailed feedback invaluable. She provides clear objectives and helpful advice, which has given me the boost needed to advance my project.”

“I recently undertook Holly’s Comedy Class. The initial lecture session was well organized with reference materials and watch lists, that meant we could get the most out of the class. She also provided a PDF of the session notes that meant we could all focus on the discussion as it evolved instead of scrambling to write notes. What really caught my attention about this course was the chance to have a session after the initial lecture where Holly gave feedback on a Spec Beat Outline of Brooklyn Nine Nine. The follow up session was so helpful in terms of specific questions I had from doing the homework. I felt I could apply what I learnt to my original concept too. I feel Holly made the most of the time and her passion for the craft of writing was evident throughout. For a chance to focus on a specific genre, I can’t recommend her class enough! Thank you”

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