Screenwriting workshop with Fiona Samuels

Posted Tuesday 06 Sep 2022

Screenwriting workshop with Fiona Samuels

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, participants will create new projects from scratch, investigate successful shows and 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 and pen, an original idea - a few lines is fine - and your creative energy.

Travel Grants

Film Otago Southland is generously offering travel grants to enable participants from outside Queenstown, but who reside within the Otago and Southland region, to attend.

- For those within an hour’s drive of Queenstown, $50 travel grants are available.

- For those further afield, $100 travel grants are available.

Film Otago Southland will offer up to $500 worth of grants, which will be issued, first come first served.

Please email Kahli Scott ( to request this support. Confirmation of your workshop registration will be required before the grant will be offered. Any person accepting the grant and failing to attend the workshop in person will be liable to return the grant.

Date: Saturday 24 September 2022

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm.
After the workshop, enjoy drinks and nibbles provided by Film Otago Southland. This industry mixer is a free event open to workshop participants and any industry members who would like to join and runs from 5pm-7pm.

Location: The Stables, Sherwood Queenstown, 554 Frankton Road, Queenstown

Cost: General Admission $23 (incl. GST) Click here to book tickets.

What to bring: Pen and paper. Snacks, tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring your own lunch. There is a restaurant on-site, and Queenstown township is a short drive away.

Christchurch dates: This workshop will also be held in Christchurch on Saturday 5 November 2022. More details coming closer to the time.