CREATING SERIES DRAMA a One-Day Workshop with Fiona Samuel

How does an idea become a story, and 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. This journey takes longer than a day, but this one-day workshop will take you through those first steps and help you plan your next moves. Empowerment starts here!

Participants will create new projects from scratch developing original ideas in the room, interrogate successful shows and analyse why they work, and learn about the essential materials you need to sell a project.

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 and pen, an original idea – a few lines is fine – and your creative energy.

We are excited to finally bring this workshop to Wellington – thank you One Foundation.

“Fiona runs a fantastic workshop. She demystifies the world of writing for the screen in a clear, concise and approachable way, where everyone has a story to tell.”
“Absolutely Blimmen Brilliant!”
“Exemplary and valuable in every respect”
– 2022 Christchurch and Queenstown Creating Series Drama Workshop Participants

Who is it for:
Anyone interested in developing a series idea for the screen

When & Where:
Saturday, 13th May 2023
9:00am – 5:00pm

Drama 2, Te Whaea National Dance & Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road, Newton, Wellington

Cost: General Admission $25 (incl. GST) via EventBrite

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


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 the New Zealand Film Commission,  One Foundation and the Wellington City Creative Communities Scheme.



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