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Friday, March 26, 2010


The CBC Prime Time Television Program is recognized within the industry as an essential source for trained writers and newly developed projects for the television marketplace.  Join alumni Alan McCullough and Denis McGrath for free TV writing workshops, and stick around to learn about the CFC’s CBC Prime Time Television Program.

VANCOUVER – APRIL 10th, 2010:


TV writer, producer and CFC Alumnus Alan McCullough (Sanctuary, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: Universe) will lead participants through the deconstruction of an episode of a sci-fi series and will offer a detailed look at the structure of a typical episode of this genre, and how it fits into the North American landscape of the genre. The process of developing a sci-fi series; creating the rules and world, beat sheets, outlines, scripts, writing to and working with a particular cast and implementing network notes will also be explored.

After the workshop, chat with CFC TV Director Kathryn Emslie and find out more about the CBC Prime Time Television Program.

TORONTO – APRIL 13th, 2010:


TV writer and CFC Alumnus Denis McGrath (The BorderAcross the River to Motor CityBlood Ties) will lead a workshop on the effective use of structure in writing for one-hour drama series.  Elements include building the plot while revealing character; placement of act breaks; action vs. dialogue; and how to effectively use structural conventions to best showcase your pilot script and series.

After the workshop, learn about the benefits of the CFC’s CBC Prime Time Television Program – who’s involved, how it’s delivered, skills development, and how the program helps grads take the final step towards being a professional television writer.

The CBC Prime Time Television Program is currently accepting applications for the 2010/2011 program. The deadline to apply is May 12th, 2010.  Please visit or contact Valentina Puvtoska at vpuvtoska@cfccreates.comfor more details and to sign up.
The CFC Prime Time Program is one of the best TV programs in North America. Not only do you get to work in a story room with a real showrunner, you get to meet a Who's Who of Canadian television -- producers, agents, writers, network execs. A ridiculously high percentage of people in Canadian TV have been through the program -- there's even a Facebook group for those of us who have not.

Sorry, Yanks -- you have to be a Canuck (or Canuck permanent resident) to apply.



Thanks for the heads up, Alex! Would you happen to know if these workshops open to anybody, in terms of education and experience? The website doesn't really give too many specifics.

By Blogger Dave, at 8:33 AM  

I would imagine they're open to anybody.

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 9:15 AM  

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