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Writing for TV Drama with Eilish Kent


€260 Members / €295 Non-Members

Writing Television Drama is a course aimed at writers who are interested in learning more about the fundamental skills of crafting good television drama in all its forms.




Along with the explosion of high quality television drama over the last decade there has been an increasing diversification of audience viewing patterns. Broadcasters and production companies are increasingly looking for innovative and distinctive drama proposals capable of reaching and attracting large television audiences.

The course is highly recommended for writers who are interested in exploring TV drama as an avenue for their work, but may also appeal to directors and producers seeking a better understanding of television story structure and dynamics.

The course is designed and will be led by Eilish Kent, who worked for the BBC and RTÉ commissioning and developing TV dramas, for over 16 years. She has worked across formats from singles to renewable series, and across genre, from comedy to true life stories. She has brought many first time writers to TV audiences.


Course Content:

  • The principles of screenwriting and their application for television drama.
  • The current best practice for submitting drama proposals to broadcasters and television production companies.
  • The commissioning process and broadcaster requirements at the various stages of the development process.
  • The fundamental principles of writing for single and one-off dramas, serials and renewable series.
  • The world of the series and the series ‘Bible’.
  • The importance of research, generating storylines, arcs and plotting.
  • Creating compelling characters, pacing and tone and audience engagement.
  • Different formats and genre.


Tutor: Eilish Kent

Projects Eilish managed onto screen for RTÉ include Hardy Bucks, Raw, Fade St, Any Time Now, No Tears (International Emmy for best series or serial), Love Is The Drug (IFTA best series), Fergus Wedding, Paths to Freedom and Foreign Exchange. And for the BBC, Vicious Circle, Rap at the Door and Mezzone (RTS winner). She devised and managed StoryLand, a unique project when launched that saw 28 original online series produced. Prior to her work in TV, Eilish was an actor’s agent in London and worked in marketing for Oxford University Press. She is a graduate of EAVE and North by Northwest. She has a BA in English and History of Art and an MA in Modern Drama from UCD. Currently she works freelance as a story consultant.



“I did enjoy the course and I heard others on it who had done similar courses say that it was the best by far. I thought Eilish really knew her stuff, she was explained things well and illustrated all of her points with examples from real series’ which was really useful. It’s great to be taught by someone working in the field.”

-Áine O’Connor, 2015


“Doing the Writing for TV course in Filmbase with Eilish Kent not only gave me a great introduction to what is required to work within the world of the small screen, but also the confidence to want to build a career as a screenwriter. The foundations laid during those eight weeks have remained solid ever since, and Eilish’s advice and guidance has proved invaluable to my development.”

– Paul O’Reilly (Paul recently published a collection of short stories, The Girl Missing From The Window for Doire Press.  His adaptation of Claire Keegan’s short story Men And Women won a FilmOffaly/Filmbase Short Film Award and was produced in 2013).


“Eilish Kent’s workshops are extremely intense and very enjoyable.  Anyone wishing to further their career as a scriptwriter would be well advised to do these workshops.  Not only is Eilish well respected in the industry, she is full of sound advice – outlining the tricky skills of preparing a pitch and treatment.  She explains clearly the expectations of the industry and by carefully analysing the more successful TV series she helps participants to come to grips with what makes a ‘really good’ script.  I found the workshops challenging and as a result feel that they really up-ed my game.  Now, instead of faffing about with script ideas, I have come away from the course with a clearer sense of what is required of me as a writer.  This course is for those who are serious about becoming scriptwriters and Eilish Kent’s extensive knowledge and experience is just fantastic.  When you sign up, prepare to work!”

– Caroline Barry, has three books published to date, and her latest novel The Dolocher was published March 2016 with Black&White Publishers, Scotland.


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Class times:

  • 7 – 10pm


  • €260 Members / €295 Non-Members
  • €100 Deposit


  • Filmbase, Temple Bar, Curved street

To reserve your place on this course, please contact Filmbase Reception on 01 679 6716 and dial 0. For more information, email our Training Department at Please read our Terms & Conditions before booking a course.