Checking date: 09/06/2021

Course: 2024/2025

Scriptwriting for television (fiction)
Bachelor in Film, Television and Media Studies (Plan: 382 - Estudio: 211)

Coordinating teacher: GALAN FAJARDO, HELENA MARIA

Department assigned to the subject: Communication and Media Studies Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


1. Understanding the creative and industrial process in developing a script for a television fiction. 2. Understanding the different tools available for a television writer. 3. Ability to undertake a fiction project for television.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction: audiovisual media and writing process. 2. Scriptwriting for television fiction: rules, languaje, trends. 3. The creation of a television series. 3.1. The starting point: the development of the concept. 3.2. The main concepts of the project: the "bible" 3.3. The characters and the characterization process. 3.4. The development of plot lines: the map frame. 3.5. The "escaleta". 3.6. Dialogues. 3.7. The presentation of projects: the "pitching. "
Learning activities and methodology
1. Theorical classes: Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of narrative television, specifically focusing on fiction. They will be also introduced to the differents tools that are necessary for creating a script for a fiction series. Competency 1. 2. Practical classes: Through practical sessions, students will apply the concepts previously established and explained in the theorical lessons. Competencies 2 and 3. 3. Student work. Students will develop a project of a fiction series for television ("bible"). Competencies 2 and 3.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • Dancyger, Ken. Alternative Scriptwriting: successfully Breaking the Rules . Elsevier/Focal Press. 2007
  • Goldberg, Lee y Rabkin, William,. Successful television writing,. John Wiley &Sons, Inc., New Jersey, 2003..
  • Ryan, M. L. (Ed.) . Narrative across media. The languages of storytelling. University of Nebraska Press.
  • Sandler, Ellen. The TV Writer's Workbook : A Creative Approach To Television Scripts . Delta Trade Paperbacks. 2007
  • Smethurst, William,. How to write for television-A guide to writing and selling successful TV script,. Howtobooks, Oxford, 2007..
Additional Bibliography
  • GARCÍA DE CASTRO, MARIO. La ficción televisiva popular, Una evolución de las series de televisión en España. Gedisa. 2002
  • Rueda Laffond, José Carlos y Coronado Ruiz, Carlota. La mirada televisiva: ficción y representación histórica en España . Fragua . 2009

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.