January 18, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Writing the TV Movie with Roslyn Muir

Sponsored by CMPA - BC Producer's Branch 

Date:   January 18th

Time:   10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: SFU Woodwards, Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Room 2555, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings

Workshop Topics covered:

The Movie-of-the-Week format is a staple in TV and is actually the bread and butter for many screenwriters—seasoned and emerging. From female protagonist thrillers to ripped-from-the-headlines stories and Syfy shark movies, the odds of selling a TV script far outweigh the feature film genre. But how do they differ? 

This hands-on, one day workshop will reveal the variety of genres within the MOW format, show you how to write and pitch a TV Movie script, reveal the structure and content differences between the feature film and TV movie genre, and get you writing your own MOW. Writers will do writing exercises, prepare concept pitch sheets, and learn how to take them to outline, treatment, and draft.

The day will also include info on production companies who produce MOWs, current opportunities, and the trends in the lucrative US market. The day will wrap up with Special Guest MOW producer, Keith Shaw of Odyssey Media, who will discuss the script development process.


Roslyn Muir
Roslyn Muir is a Praxis Award winning screenwriter. Her MOW thriller, Anatomy of Deception, starring Natasha Henstridge, was produced by Odyssey Media in 2013, and they have optioned two more thrillers, Reluctant Witness and Evidence of Truth. Her dramatic script, The Birdwatcher, is an indie micro-budget feature going to camera in 2014 with director Siobhan Devine and Executive Producer Alexandra Raffe. Roslyn’s feature comedy, Unravelled, is a winner of the Praxis Screenplay Competition and her drama Hold the Sky, has development funding from Corus Made with Pay and BC Film. She wrote and produced the short film, OMG, starring Gabrielle Rose, which premiered at VIFF in 2012, at Palm Springs in 2013, and was broadcast on CBC. Roslyn also story edits and has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC.