Script Editing for Television

My last Script Editing for Television course, funded by Creative Skillset was held in May 2017. Here are a few thoughts by the writers who attended. The next course will be held over two weekends in London in November 2017.

Students Comments

The weekend was packed full of useful information; still digesting some of it. It was far more relaxed than I was expecting, but in a good way! It was the perfect environment to soak up new information on a job role I only really know bits and bobs about from my time at university. It was great to be surrounded with people who have a similar goal as myself, and interesting to see how we had all come from different backgrounds. It’s excellent to connect with people in the industry with diverse knowledge and experience. I can’t wait to soak up more of Yvonne Grace’s wisdom. I would recommend the course wholeheartedly and it’s definitely worth trying to get a place.

Rosie Drabble – script editor delegate

I really enjoyed everything we covered on Saturday and Sunday and I’m so excited for this coming weekend as well (especially meeting Kate Oates as her time on Emmerdale is some of my most favourite/beloved soap ever.)

Nadia Rasheed – script editor delegate

I can’t believe we’re only halfway through. I have learnt so much, and had fun along the way. Highly recommended.

Elena Johnston – script editor delegate

“Few gurus have the experience or expertise Yvonne brings to her first-of-its-kind script-editing course, nor can they match her enthusiasm and energy. Every session is intensive and accessible, every guest speaker a leader in their field. You couldn’t get a better introduction to the job.”

Emma Morgan – script editor delegate

I really love how practical this course is and with how much joy and love for the business comes across from Yvonne sharing her knowledge. If you want to learn how to connect creativity with structure, empathy within pressure and create meaningful stories in a team- this course it the right thing for you. I found it amazing to meet industry professionals and hear from their everyday life in the business.

Anna-Zoë Schmidt – delegate

I have learnt so much about the art of script editing – Yvonne has packed the course with some much useful information. She is really inspiring and her enthusiasm is so infectious. I can’t recommend the course enough. I will never watch television the same way again!

Anna Hinds – delegate

This is a unique course in script editing for British television, and a privilege to work with speakers at the forefront of the industry. As a result of Yvonne’s fun and insightful approach, I’ve achieved all that I wanted to get out of this course; confidence in my ability, an awareness of the current industry and the pleasure of working with live scripts. Loved it.

Hannah Piekarz – delegate

HUGE thanks to the powerhouse of knowledge that is @YVONNEGRACE1 your script editing masterclass was everything you promised.

Richard Paul  Wheildon Delegate

Yvonne Grace is a veritable goldmine of information regarding the processes underpinning script development and TV programme production. Yvonne is knowledgeable, passionate, analytical, engaging and encouraging. I found her course to be constructive, pragmatic and highly informative. I would definitely recommend it to anyone with the desire to forge a career in UK TV.

Kerry Reynolds – delegate

Do You Want To Learn How To Script Edit For Television?

That’s Great News Because Working With Creative Skillset, Award-winning Television Drama Producer Yvonne Grace Is Delivering A Course Just For You…..

25 years ago I got my first job and my big break into the Television Industry as a Script Editor. EastEnders was the show and my career future; thanks to the best job in drama development and production, was assured.

Script Editing one of the most popular and fast turnaround shows on our networks at the time, taught me all I still know and use on a daily basis working with writers from my script consultancy Script Advice.

If you are a story nut; love the written word and how it translates to our screens, are a binge watcher of streamed series or box sets, tend to shout out plot holes or highlight plot twists at the telly box, annoy your loved ones with your obsessive attention to story and character detail in all your favourite shows….then you are a script editor in the making.

You will need to be a lover of all things story related. You will need to have definite likes and dislikes where television drama is concerned, and be able to articulate and back up any opinion you have.

You don’t need to be a show off. You do need to have opinions and be able to voice them in a group setting.

You may really like working in a group. You may like working one on one. Both are suited to the job of Script Editing and both are applied in this course.

MY AIM:

To introduce, analyse, break down and share with you the joy of the job of Script Editing for Television. All from the perspective of one who has been there and bought the tee shirt. As an ex script editor of long running drama, I am keen to share what I know and how it should be applied within the Television Industry today.

I want to give you the skills necessary to get into the Television Industry as a Script Editor and to stay in the role, gaining experience and deepening your contribution to the production of long running drama.

THE BAD NEWS AND THE GOOD NEWS:

There is a skill shortage in this area. There is precious little specific training available but Producers Industry wide, lament the size of the talent pool from which they will take their next Script Editors.

I aim to go some ways to filling that gap with you – the next tranche of Script Editing talent.

WHAT THE COURSE ENTAILS:

  • Practical Know-how Expressed In Engaging, Informative And Fun Sessions With Me.
  • A No-nonsense How To Script Edit Television Series Booklet Written By Me, For The Exclusive Use Of The Course Attendees To Take Away As Reference.
  • Study Of Transmitted Scripts From Holby City And How They Relate To Their On Screen Episodes Via A Series Of Entertaining Dvd Sessions.

  • Practical Exercises In How To Write A Good Script Report
  • How To Work With Writers And Give Constructive Criticism

FOUR INTENSIVE, INFORMATION-PACKED, PRACTICAL DAYS…..

Over four days and two consecutive weekends in May, the course will analyse and discuss the role of the Script Editor within the production process; using real examples from dramas I have produced and are currently transmitting.

Using real commissioned examples of television scripts and treatments supplied by me and my contacts in the industry, I will show how to take a writer’s creative ideas in Treatment form and translate them into Script form.

MASTER CLASS IN SCRIPT EDITING A PROFESSIONAL WRITER:

I aim to ape as much as possible, the real process as it is happening on a daily basis in the industry today:

Two Professional Writers Working In The Industry Today Have Agreed To Work With You On Their Drafts. You Will Learn How To Give Notes And How To Handle Writer Reaction In A Real Life Script Edit Scenario.

Stop Press:

Two experienced and acclaimed television writers at the top of their game, joined us for the May course (see below).

Two more writers will join us for the November course! They will be allowing themselves and their scripts to be edited by you.

JEFF POVEY

Prolific writer, professional, successful and all round personable good egg – writer of Casualty, Holby City, EastEnders and latterly Co-Creator and Writer of the Sky Atlantic hit ‘Hooten and the Lady’.

 

ASHLEY PHAROAH

Writer Producer with decades of experience in creating and crafting award-winning drama serials; most notably Co-Creator and Writer of the mould-breaking Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, and latterly his critically acclaimed supernatural series The Living and The Dead.

 

Jeff and Ashley will be joining us on May 27th and you will have the opportunity to script edit two of the industries most popular writers in structured one on one script edit sessions using early drafts of both Hooten and the Lady and The Living and The Dead!

SCRIPT EDITING 101 – PANEL DISCUSSION – Q AND A WITH INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL WRITERS/PRODUCERS

* TWO INDUSTRY SPEAKERS WILL JOIN ME IN AN INFORMATIVE AND INFORMAL SESSION ABOUT THE ROLE OF THE SCRIPT EDITOR AND HOW IT FITS INTO THE DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION PROCESS.

AND AFTERWARDS…..

It is my intention to support those candidates on my course with Networking opportunities both during the course and after, to ensure they have the best possible chance of gaining employment in the area of Script Editing for Television.

WHERE IS IT?

BIRKBECK COLLEGE
MALET ST.
LONDON
WC1E 7HX
(Nearest Tube Goodge Street or Warren Street)

WHEN IS IT?

  • November, Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th, with a week’s break in between for homework and lots of television watching and November Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th of November. Registration at 9.30am to start at 10am until 5pm.

HOW MUCH IS IT?

£475.00

HOW MANY SPACES ARE THERE?

Ten lucky people with story running through their veins who need me to help shape their innate ability into a structured career path.

CONTACT ME HERE: To Be Welcomed On The Course, Pay Your Fee And Confirm Your Place.

This the first of its kind – I am pleased, with the support of Creative Skillset, to be able to offer you such an intensive and practical course which also benefits from the additional support and knowledge of key industry professionals. I look forward to helping you along your path to understanding the role and the skill set of Script Editors in the UK television industry.

PLEASE NOTE:

Applications are particularly encouraged from those from BAME (Black Asian or Minority Ethnic) backgrounds, those with a disability as defined under the Equality Act 2010, those from a lower socio-economic background, those returning to work from any of the stated groups, and those moving from any of the stated groups’.

THERE IS A BURSARY AVAILABLE FOR TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION OUT SIDE OF THE LONDON AREA.

Contact me for more details.

WELCOME TO THE REST OF YOUR LIFE AS A SCRIPT EDITOR!

 

Yvonne Grace