Over the next few months I’m going to be showing up all over the place to talk about writing and run a series of masterclasses and development programs for writers and producers working across platforms and genres.
The Melbourne and Byron Bay writer’s festivals, Supernova, the Queensland Writer’s Centre, Storycode Sydney and PlatformX with the Australian Writer’s Guild are just some of the events I have locked in through June, July and Aug.
And in the middle of these is the very exciting WebiPod with ScreenACT in Canberra.
WebiPod is the latest in a long line of intensive development programs run by ScreenACT focused on generating new and innovative works by writers and producers. In July I’ll be running WebiPod centred on the creation of WebSeries and OnlineTV projects; a program that will blend writer-centric processes for episodic storytelling and storyworld building, with audience and business model thinking.
The days of the Youtube amateur free-for-all are gone. As the distinction between ‘broadcast’ and ‘online’ TV collapses, audiences are becoming increasingly demanding and broadcasters see the online space as a first-run environment for commissioning and developing programs. The rigour and discipline of storytelling for the online space has become more sophisticated.
In WebiPod we’ll be exploring the spectrum of online-series forms - from indie stand-alone projects, to integrated cross-platform productions, to commissioned series for MCN’s (multi-channel-networks). And to meet the challenges of these opportunities we’ll be fleshing out a craft-centric process for shaping episodic stories and storyworld engines that can generate ongoing narratives.