Script Development Skills


We run workshops in developing scripts for both television and feature films. We help you to master the key skills of working with writers, script assessment, script within a production environment, visual storytelling, plotting, dialogue and viewer engagement so you can help writers deliver the stories they want to tell in the most engaging way possible. As well as script development, we also talk about engaging with the industry. Our script development skills workshops are ideally suited to script readers, producers and assistant producers and writers looking to move into a new area of script work.

Script Development: Script Editing for High End TV


RUNNING AT WEEKENDS: Starting September 2016 until 27 January 2017

Funded by Creative Skillset’s Skills Investment Fund

Freelances & Individuals: £495.00

Company employees: £1500.00


Television drama and comedy needs a constant supply of well crafted scripts. Screenplay development is at the heart of all television production and the craft of script editing is a vital element of getting scripts ready for the cameras.


Script editing, though, needs a different set of skills from scriptwriting. It is about being able to read and assess the script, balance the needs of production and manage the writer to produce the best final draft possible.


This unique funded workshop series will take students through the skills needed to be a great script editor and hone the skills needed to enable the writer to put the perfect version of their story on the page (while also making it television production friendly).


The workshop will be highly practical, with script editors working with writers on real scripts in development. Script editors will collaborate in an 'as real' production setup, with tutors acting as executive producers guiding the programme.


We will also cover industry landscape and how to break into this specialised area of television.


  • 30 Sept & 1 Oct: Introduction to script development

  • 15 Oct: How script conferences & production work

  • 5 Nov & 6 Nov: Script editing skills workshop & Working with writers

  • 3 Dec: Script development meetings

  • 26 Jan & 27 Jan: Final script edit conferences & Engaging with the Industry




Douglas Dougan began his career writing for series television at BBC, Channel Five & ITV (Casualty, Family Affairs, Doctors, River City, The Bill). In 2006, he set up Fluid Eye Productions, an independent production company based in Edinburgh. Among their credits are the BAFTA award-winning Run, Tony, Run! and BBC Three Award winner Mono. He has also created the CITV series Zoe’s Point of View. Douglas works regularly as a script editor and script consultant on UK film and television productions including the multi-BAFTA award winning dramas Margaret, Small Island, Five Minutes of Heaven, Occupation, Sex ‘n’ Drugs ‘n’ Rock & Roll and '71.


Yvonne Grace is one of British television's most experienced creatives, with over 20 years' experience in script editing, story-lining, script development and television drama production. She was a script editor on Eastenders (BBC), The Ward (Granada), Revelations (ITV) and trained storyliners on Coronation Street (ITV). She was series producer on Holby City (BBC), My Dad's A Boring Nerd (CITV) and re-launched and re-vamped Crossroads for ITV in 2003. Yvonne has developed long-running formats for the BBC Drama Series Department and Carlton Television.


Mary Paulson-Ellis is a writer and script editor based in Edinburgh. She trained as a script editor at BBC TV. As a script editor, she worked on three series of the BBC Scotland continuing drama, River City, working on 18 individual episodes with 11 different writers. She also worked with the BBC Drama Department in development and on the BBC One primetime series Waterloo Road. Mary also has a background in theatre where she worked with writers developing drama for Stellar Quines Theatre Company.


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Who's the course for?


Ideally suited to script readers, directors or producers who want to work in creative development.

How to apply


Attendance is by application only - please download the application form from the link below.

You need to include the completed application form, along with your completed script task. If one or either parts of the submission are missing, we will not accept your application.

Skriva TV Script Development Workshops are funded by Creative Skillset's Skills Investment Fund