Archive for November 9th, 2010

Writing Digital Fiction

9th November 2010 by Maura McHugh

FAS Screen Training IrelandFÁS Screen Training Ireland is looking for applicants for a new course, Writing Digital Fiction, which is a 6-day event, spread over 3 weekends in December and January starting the 11 December 2010.

Participant Profile:
This course is aimed at writers who are interested in developing their skills in series writing specifically for online, interactive and digital media fiction.

The first module of this course will run in December and the other 2 modules in January.

Course Profile:
On this course writers will cover all stages and steps involved in project development from identification of a good idea through to full scripts. Writers will work together under the direction of experienced Head Writers Luke Hyams (Kate Modern, Dubplate Drama) and Melanie Martinez (Sophia’s Diary) to develop and write a drama series for online exploitation. The course will replicate the writer’s room experience.

Luke Hyams and Melanie Martinez will co-ordinate writing phases of projects in a “Showrunner” capacity, developing writers’ understanding of working in a professional Writer’s Room environment as well as the craft and skill of creating digital fiction projects.

Writers will work together in teams to develop outlines, treatments, series bibles and project pitches, first draft scripts, along with outlines for online character pages, micro-sites, blogs, and transmedia elements as may be appropriate for their projects.

The course will also explore the opportunities which exist for writers to develop projects which appeal to new and emerging markets for media.

The course will cover the following:

  • Team Writing, and working in the Writer’s Room
  • An understanding of the internet and transmedia storytelling
  • Finding an audience, audience identification, audience engagement
  • Concept and Idea generation
  • Recognising a saleable idea
  • The different online narrative formats
  • Ideas and the market
  • Story development, durations and demographics
  • Playing with the format, continuous narrative, episodic tags and hooks
  • Understanding genre and tone
  • Trends in Transmedia/Cross-Platform Projects
  • Writing for different platforms
  • Building an online community

Cost of the course is €200, and details on how to apply are on the web site.