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MA Screenwriting for Television and Film (Retreat)

Work-00254The Masters in Screenwriting for TV and Film (Retreat), known as MASTFiR,  begins in September each year.

MASTFiR is an innovative new programme, taught over four week-long residential retreats spread over one year (full-time). Some of these are in Central London, others in beautiful Egham Campus near Windsor. Between retreats the programme is run as a distance-learning with a website, chatroom and e-tutorials.

This makes it possible for those living outside the UK, and those with busy working lives such as freelancers and those in the film and TV industries, to take time out to attend. We have a wide variety of students – established actors, comedy writers, editor, producers, novelists and many others.

You can apply online - https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/home.aspx

If you have any queries, please contact Programme Administrator


students on benchesMASTFiR covers writing for Feature Film and Television as well as new developments such as web drama.

This postgraduate programme provides a creative atmosphere conducive to concentrated learning and group interaction. A core course of the programme is Development Lab, where students present their work in progress to the group for criticism and feedback, and experiment with co-writing.

You’ll develop a range of ideas before going on to write film and television outlines, and either several drafts of a feature film screenplay, TV drama or a TV series bible and episodes.

You’ll get to meet and work with industry and independent producers, directors, agents, writers and actors to provide a production context. We have recently had guests from Working Title, Channel Four, the BBC, Script Factory, Blake Friedmann Agency and many others.

Many of our first graduates are already getting work in the film and TV business. For example,  Kay Stoneham has written episodes of Life of Riley for the BBC, Janice Hallett co-wrote the 2011 film Retreat starring Thandie Newton, Cillian Murphy and Jamie Bell and Adam Rolston has written and directed the short film Meet Me On The Southbank (2013).


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