Christchurch Workshop: Creating Series Drama with Fiona Samuel

“Absolutely Blimmen Brilliant!”
“Exemplary and valuable in every respect”

– 2022 Queenstown Creating Series Drama Workshop Participants

How does an idea become a story, and how does a story become a series?

This one-day workshop digs into those all-important first steps that take you from the very beginnings of an idea to having a developed project you can use to attract collaborators, platforms and funders.

During this practical hands-on day, workshop participants will create new projects from scratch, interrogate successful shows & analyse why they work, bring original ideas to develop in the room, and learn about the essential materials you need to sell a project and how to create them.

The workshop is pitched at the developing writer – if you have ideas you would like to turn into a series drama, this day is for you. Bring a notebook & pen, an original idea – a few lines is fine – and your creative energy.

When & Where:
Saturday, 5th November 2022
9:00am – 5:00pm

Ara Institute of Canterbury, NZ Broadcasting School (TV Building)
33 Southwark Street (Cnr Madras and Southwark), Christchurch.

Cost: General Admission $23 (incl. GST) via EventBrite

What to Bring: Please bring a pen, paper and your own lunch (there are also cafes in the area).

About Fiona Samuel

Fiona Samuel is an award-winning writer and director for television, theatre, radio and film and an esteemed writing teacher and mentor. In her career she has created a body of work that centres female experience,  starting with her ground-breaking television drama series The Marching Girls and continuing with an acclaimed trilogy of telemovies Piece of My HeartBliss, and Consent – The Louise Nicholas Story.

Alongside this work, Fiona is also a teacher, mentor and script consultant, teaching the Masters in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington and working with directing students at the South Seas Film & Television School in Auckland. Fiona is an NZ Arts Foundation Laureate, a MNZM for services to television and theatre and the Co-President of the NZ Writers Guild.

This workshop is made possible thanks to generous support from Screen CanterburyNZ, Creative Communities Scheme, and our venue sponsor Ara – New Zealand Broadcasting School.





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