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TV Writing from Concept to Production

February 12, 2016 - February 14, 2016

$80 – $125


with Jordan Wheeler

in partnership with the Manitoba Writers’ Guild

Friday, Feb. 12th, 2016  |  7:00 pm – 10:00 pmmwg logo

Saturday, Feb. 13th, 2016  |  10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, Feb. 14th, 2016  |  10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Manitoba Writers’ Guild Classroom, 218-100 Arthur Street

$125 (Manitoba Writers’ Guild members: $80)


APPLICATION DEADLINE – Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 at 4 pm

*To apply, prospective participants are asked to please submit a one-page letter and bio explaining why you are applying and your related writing experiences, as well as a writing sample (three page maximum) to:  The instructor will be making the participant selections.  Chosen participants will be notified by Wednesday, February 3rd and will be asked to make payment upon notification.

Please note: Writing samples are for selection purposes only. Applicants who are not selected will not receive feedback or notes on their submitted materials.


During this three-day writing workshop, participants will work with veteran, Gemini Award-winning screenwriter Jordan Wheeler, who will share his knowledge on the craft of storytelling, screenwriting, development of story structure, characters, co-writing and re-writing skills, and how to work and participate in a television series’ writers room.


Participants will be required to pitch a story they are currently developing. Each pitch will take place in a group environment and should be no more than 3 minutes in length. The instructor will provide feedback.

To explore the collaborative elements, etiquette and process of a writers room, participants will also help develop original scenes from concept through springboard, outline and into the draft stage.

Concise instruction on screenwriting narrative elements will be peppered throughout the three-day workshop.


Day 1 (evening)

  • Introduction of instructor and participants
  • Work flow of writing on series television


Day 2 (full day)

  • Pitches and feedback
  • Assignment of teams and scenes to develop
  • Industry trends and professional standards


Day 3 (full day)

  • Simulation of a writers room
  • Working relationships (directors, producers, network, co-writers)


About the Instructor

JORDAN WHEELER has worked as a TV series writer for Arctic Air (on which he is also a producer), Cashing InWapos Bay, and has received a Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series for his work on

Jordan has been a professional writer ever since his mother, Bernelda Wheeler, made a pitch to Indian Record magazine for a ‘mother and son’ column – she and Jordan each contributing a part – when he was 17.

Back when Jordan started on the television series, North of 60, he had initially been silent during noisy story meetings, following the Cree custom of waiting for his turn to speak. The producer quickly told him, “Get over it…you’ll never get a break”. Well, he did – Jordan Wheeler is, now, one of the busiest and most successful Indigenous writers working in film and television in Canada, today.

Whether writing for children, teaching scriptwriting, giving workshops for Indigenous youth, writing for Indigenous television, or keeping mainstream scripts honest, Jordan tells Indigenous stories with love, humour, and authenticity.




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.
  • 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

Lunch will be included on both days.


February 12, 2016
February 14, 2016
$80 – $125


Film Training Manitoba