The applications for WRITERSLAB 2019 is now closed.

WritersLab is specially curated for aspiring writers who would like to further hone their skills in scriptwriting, concept creation, creative storytelling and narrative design, WritersLab 2019 is a 14-week intensive scriptwriting programme led by Colin Muir, an accomplished scriptwriter and educator with more than 30 years of experience in scriptwriting, directing, theatre and film production.

At the end of the programme, participants will get to pitch their story ideas to the appointed platform partner who will select up to 3 scripts for pilot episode production. The creators of the selected projects will get the chance to work alongside the platform partner during the production of the pilot episode.

Topics covered include:

  • Dramatic Elements of a Story
  • Three-Act Structure and Modern Four Act Structure
  • Story Arcs – Episodic, Multi-episodic and Series
  • Series Bible, Logline and Conflict
  • Character and Dialogue
  • Script Practices to Avoid
  • TV and Film: Similarities and Differences
  • Producers, Writers and Modern Writer’s Room
  • Originality and Commerciality
  • Modern TV Industry

At the end of the programme, all participants will have:

  1. a fully developed pilot episode script and series bible
  2. the opportunity to pitch their stories to the appointed platform partner

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About the expert

About the expert

WritersLab 2019 Expert: Colin MuirColin Muir has MFAs in Theatre Directing from the University of Connecticut and Film and Media Arts from Temple University in Philadelphia. He was Programme Leader for the MA in Television and Radio Scriptwriting at the University of Salford from 1996-2017 and was Programme Leader for the MA in Film Screenwriting at the University of Salford/ Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland, from 2007-14. A project developed on the MA in Film Screenwriting and written by Anna Heinämaa, The Fencer (Miekkailija), was nominated for a Golden Globe award as Best Foreign Language Film in 2016. It was also shortlisted as Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in the same year. In 2004 Colin produced Joe Strick’s Lysistrata which was performed at the National Theatre, London.

His most recent writing project, Jenie, Huis Clos Productions/True Liberty Films, was filmed in France in October 2018.

Testimonials from past wrtiersLab participants

“An amazing experience! I'm blown away by the compelling stories in this IMDA Story Lab initiative and the feedback that we've received from Shari. The WritersLab has exceeded my expectations and I hope that we'll be able to keep pushing the boundaries of scriptwriting here in Singapore.”

Mickey Lin, Storyteller

"I liked the fact that this programme is so closely tied to industry practice with great local and international industry veterans as trainers to guide the participants in practical issues on top of the theoretical ideas of narratives. The one-on-one consultations have been really useful as well"

Huang Yushan, Senior Producer

“The presence of the experts, and their depth of knowledge really sold the programme for me. I have learnt so much that it’s now even applicable to my playwriting"

Christopher Fok, Theatre Playwright

Scriptwriting Interview with Adeline FooAdeline Foo is another aspiring TV writer who underwent WritersLab, an intensive scriptwriting programme. She’s an experienced writer who has authored several books. You can read her article here
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