If you dream about writing a TV series and seeing it on TV or one of the streaming platforms, this workshop will help your dream come true!

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Bible of your TV series

35 hours of classes

Seven 5-hour meetings

Small workshop groups

6–10 people per group

Practical TV series screenwriting

Writing a TV Series is an advanced workshop offering its participants the possibility to expand knowledge acquired during the basic workshop Practical Screenwriting. It expands theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the skills of writing for television purposes. With the help of our experienced mentors, participants create a bible of their TV series and are ready to pitch to producers and directors.

Attention: The workshop Writing a TV series is for graduates of Practical Screenwriting or Screenwriting for Beginners only.

How does the workshop look?

During seven 5-hour meetings, from the theoretical point of view, we will focus on the most important elements of the TV writer’s craft. But first of all, we concentrate on practical skills and development of participants’ ideas, and help them to prepare their own drama or comedy TV series project. During classes, participants work on a one-page pitch and a short bible consisting of descriptions of the main characters, a plot summary, the arena, the theme and the writer’s vision. The participants will also have a chance to work in small groups and create joint projects. This is good preparation for work in professional writers’ rooms.

Additionally, chosen participants will be able to test their skills in the ongoing BAHAMA FILMS projects.

Thanks to our involvement in projects both in Poland and abroad (for which we are also searching for new screenwriters), there will be additional selection being made from participants who sign up. We ask that anyone interested in signing up fill in the application form before 24 September 2023. Applicants will be informed about the recruitment procedure, which will end by 1 October, 2023 at the latest.

Our graduates

  • have been accepted at their dream film schools in Poland and abroad;
  • have presented their projects at international pitching meetings during film festivals (Cannes, Munich, Rome, Lille, Tallin and Odessa);
  • have cooperated with organisations such as TVP, TVN, Polsat, Netflix, Viaplay, Canal+, TV4, Nowa TV, UW and UJ;
  • have been nominated for and received awards in competitions such as Script Pro and Script Wars, and many more screenwriting contests.
    In 2021, one of our workshop graduates received an award for his script in Gdynia, and
    in 2015, another workshop graduate was nominated for an Oscar.

Workshop trainer and mentor

Wiktor Piątkowski
Screenwriter, producer, lecturer and owner of Bahama Films.

Wiktor Piątkowski created and co-wrote HBO’s first original series produced in Poland (Wataha) and the first Polish romantic comedy produced by Netflix (Squared Love). Over the last 11 years he has worked as showrunner, head writer, screenwriter and producer on various shows (crime series, soap operas, scripted reality, period dramas, sitcom), with more than 1000 hours of TV produced. A sitcom he co-created and co-wrote, Just Push Abuba, premiered in 2018 on ZDF. Wiktor is the head writer of the first Polish TV series produced by Viaplay (Murderesses), the first co-production between Canal+ and Polsat (Sortownia) and the first political thriller series produced by Polsat (Vote of no Confidence). Wiktor’s filmography includes, among others, the feature films Heart Parade (Netflix) and Holidays Backwards (which he also produced), and the TV series War Girls.

Wiktor graduated from the Polish National Film School in Łódź, the Warsaw School of Economics, and Warsaw University (psychology), and is an alumnus of Serial Eyes (organized by the Deutsche Film and Fernsehakademie Berlin, and the London Film School), European TV Drama Series Lab, European Showrunner Training, and Racconti and Berlinale Talents. He has participated in many screenwriting courses, led by, among others Syd Field, John Truby, Robert McKee, Linda Seger, Dov Simens, Glen Benest and Sammy Montana. The list of his mentors includes James V. Hart (Dracula, Hook, Contact), Frank Spotnitz (The X Files, The Man in the High Castle), Graham Yost (Speed, Justified) and Jeff Melvoin (Northern Exposure, Designated Survivor, Killing Eve).

Wiktor Piątkowski is also a member of SEAN, the Dirty Dozen Collective, the Polish Filmmakers Association (SFP) and the Polish Screenwriters’ Guild. He has a PhD in television marketing, runs screenwriting workshops in Poland and abroad, and manages Bahama Films, an independent production company based in Warsaw.

Program terms:

Sunday 15.00-20.00. First class: 8.10.2023
Next class dates: 22.10, 12.11, 19.11, 3.12, 10.12, 14.01.2024 

Place of the meeting:

Practical TV series screenwriting

Bahama Films workshop​

4000 pln

Attention! Signup slots are allocated according to the order of payments received. In the case of a larger number of applications than available places in the group, we reserve the right to carry out an additional selection of participants.