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Film & Television WRITING Intensive

July 15, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - July 17, 2016 @ 5:00 pm


with Linda Coffey, senior story editor

*Note There is a $30 discount off the workshop price for all members and permits of: The DGC, Manitoba’s Writers’ Guild, IATSE 856, IATSE 669, and ACTRA. Please mention this when registering.


   Friday, July 15th, 2016 | 6 pm – 9 pm

Red River College – Princess Street Campus, 160 Princess St. | Rm W411




Group discussion:

    Saturday, July 16th, 2016 | 10 am – 12 pm

Individual, 30 to 40-minute meetings to be scheduled on:

    Saturday, July 16th, 2016 | 1 pm – 5 pm

     Sunday, July 17th, 2016 | 10 am – 5 pm

Red River College – Princess Street Campus, 160 Princess St. | Rm W411


Application Deadline (for One-on-One Sessions) – WEDNESDAY, JULY 6th, 2016 at 4 pm

  • Applicants are required to submit a letter (one-page maximum), detailing:
  1. potential questions to ask the instructor
  2. a current bio
  • Applicants must also submit one of the following materials:
  1. 3 to 5-page pitch document for an original television or web series (please include: the series premise, character descriptions, setting, tone, style, two sample episode ideas and any other important information to your series);
  2. 1 to 2-page synopsis for a feature screenplay. If the screenplay is already in a draft stage, please indicate which draft stage it’s currently in (e.g. 1st draft, 2nd draft, etc.);
  3. 12 to 15-page story treatment for a feature or a series pilot (i.e. a scene-by-scene description of the screen story written in prose with little or no dialogue (note: treatments over 15 pages will not be considered).

      Please submit all materials to:





Veteran story editor Linda Coffey will engage with the lecture participants in an overview of the process of developing and writing for film and television.

She will discuss story structure and current trends in writing, with particular consideration given to working in the Canadian marketplace.

All participants will get the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback during this evening session.





This interactive workshop will focus on integral elements of the scriptwriting process and knowing what funders/networks look for at each stage. Participants will learn about effective and strategic writing for the various stages of the development process.


During the one-on-one sessions, Linda will work collaboratively with the participants and provide feedback about their individual submitted projects. She will address the strengths and weaknesses of their story concepts, setting, story structure, characters, and themes.



About the Instructor

LINDA COFFEY is one of the very few story editors in Canada to have worked successfully in every aspect of both film and television development and production. After working as consultant to the Faculty of Commerce at UBC, Linda spent eight years as an executive script consultant in charge of western-based drama development for the CBC. Here she was responsible for the development and production of both series and movie projects.


Linda has story edited and consulted on hundreds of hours of television and feature film projects. She was a freelance external drama consultant for the CBC (2003-2007), the only outside drama consultant the CBC has ever contracted. She was also an external project analyst with Telefilm for 12 years.


She has also written a number of commissioned scripts for documentary, feature films and television series. She was the creator of a children’s multi media web based environmental series.


Linda has also designed and taught a number of master classes for film and television writers and directors. She has been a guest story mentor with Women in the Director’s Chair Program (WIDC) at the Whistler Film Festival since 2006.





Film Training Manitoba Course Registration Policy


  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older to register and attend the course.
  • Participants must register in advance of the course. No drop-ins.
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis – unless otherwise specified. Enrollment may be limited.
  • Registration for all courses, including weekend workshops, must be done between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays).
  • All registrations must be received and confirmed in-person or by telephone with an FTM staff member during office hours.
  • We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.
  • Payment in full is required to secure a spot in an FTM course.



Course Registration

Registration can be done in one of two ways:

In Person – cash, cheque, VISA and MasterCard, and debit are accepted. (Please make cheques payable to Film

Training Manitoba.) Our offices are located at 100 – 62 Albert Street, in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. We are open to the public Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.


By Phone – VISA and MasterCard (credit & debit) only. Registrations are accepted via the main line at 204-989-9669. *We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.


Cancellation Policy


  • Participants must cancel up to 4 full business days prior to the course start date to receive an 80% refund.
  • No refund will be given to participants who cancel within 4 full business days before the course start date, or if they do not attend the course.
  • Film Training Manitoba reserves the right to cancel, or postpone, any course where a minimum registration level has not been met. Participants registered for a course that is canceled will receive a full refund.



Breaks and refreshments


All course participants are responsible for their own lunch.




Film Training Manitoba’s workshop training program is generously funded by the provincial government department of Jobs and the Economy.



July 15, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
July 17, 2016 @ 5:00 pm