Screenwriting – three part series


*** We have already run our first workshop in this series – if you are interested in attending future sessions please email us: or waitlist for this event below ***

WORKSHOP ONE – Screenwriting Fundamentals

Saturday 24th July 2021

Time:  9.00am – 10.30am

Everything you need to know about screenwriting basics – including a simple plotting guide and shortcuts to creating three dimensional characters.


WORKSHOP TWO – Crafting a Short Film

 Saturday 31st July 2021

Time:  9.00am – 10.30am

This workshop explores the key ingredients required to write an effective short film with impact.


WORKSHOP THREE – Pitch Treatments with Power

Saturday 7th August 2021

Time:  9.00am – 10.30am

How to create a treatment with impact. Discover my secrets to crafting a powerful treatment that dazzles.


Platform:  Zoom Virtual

Other: Participants will be asked to watch one episode of a series before the first session


Guest Speaker Holly Lyons – Screenwriter & Lecturer

BIO – Meet your Narrative Expert

Holly Lyons is a screenwriter with extensive experience in Australia and the UK – she has over 500 hours of broadcast credits, as a writer or script editor. In the UK, Holly co-created the action comedy, Help! I’m a Teenage Outlaw (ITV) and script edited Emmerdale. She was awarded an EBU development grant of 15,000 euros; and she was nominated for a Prix Jeunesse. Since returning to Australia, Holly has worked on numerous series such as Home and Away, Neighbours, Skinner Boys, Bananas in Pyjamas. Holly’s play Space Virgins was a finalist in the ATYP Foundation Commission.

In 2019 Holly, along with her co-collaborator, won funding through Screen Australia and ABC’s DisRupted Initiative for their original project, Rocky & Me. In 2020, Rocky & Me was nominated for the Japan Prize and was the National Winner of the Asian Academy Creative Awards. Recently, Holly has returned to the script department of Home and Away (Network Seven), as Associate Script Producer.

Holly is committed to supporting emerging writers – she is the founder of the script assessment service, In 2017 Holly conducted a biometric study into what key elements make a successful pitch, and since then she has delivered Pitching Workshops all over Australia. She has presented for WIFT SA, Queensland’s Emerging ScreenMakers’ Conference; the Adelaide Film Festival and Screen Forever. Holly lectures in Screenwriting and has recently released her podcast series, ScriptTeasers, bite sized screenwriting theory.


“Holly was an excellent presenter with a wealth of practical knowledge. I found her honesty and humour great and her real world experience was invaluable. She gave permission to approach pitching completely differently….not necessarily having to conform. The fact that she was extremely practical was really useful…sometimes seminars can err on the side of being too general” -Screenworks, Art and Science of Pitching 2020

“Having completed two online workshops with Holly I highly recommend her screenwriting expertise and experience. As an emerging screenwriter I have found her detailed feedback invaluable. She provides clear objectives and helpful advice, which has given me the boost needed to advance my project.” — SUZANNE CONNORS

Program:  As part of the Essential Screen Festival we will be running multiple workshops to help prepare your entries. Sign up for our newsletter to find out more!

This event will take place over Zoom – event link will be emailed prior to event date. 

*In purchasing a ticket for this event, you agree that your ticket is non-refundable if you do not participate/attend the event.  If the event is cancelled due to reasons beyond Essential Screen Skills control (including due to COVID), the event organisers where possible will transfer your ticket to the new rescheduled event date (if applicable). 

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Ticket Type

Gateway Teachers, Students, General Admission