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A Practical Guide to Writing for Children’s Animation 2023 (6 evenings online)

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Start DateDurationCostMax Participant Numbers
Monday April 3rd6 Weeks€12515


Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet are delighted to welcome Dee Roycroft for this in-depth six week course. Participants will be taken through each stage of script development -from pitch to outline, to finished episode. Whether you want to write for your favourite show or write your own, this course will give you the basics you’ll need to write a spec script or develop your idea.

The course will focus on children’s animation – from preschool up. Some writing experience is preferable, though not necessary. 

What will this course cover?

Over six weeks, we will cover the following topics:

  • Bible/pitchdeck content and development.
    • Basic skills and techniques in writing premises, outlines and scene by scenes.
    • Writing dialogue and scenes.
  • Developing a script.
    • Familiarity with scripting formats.
    • Familiarity with S&P (Standards and Practice).

Classes will be practice-based, meaning peer-review and feedback will be encouraged.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you’ll have had the opportunity to generate material, then revise and edit based on notes and feedback received. You’ll have a good practical knowledge of the essentials of animation writing.

Participant profile

This course is aimed at anyone with a specific interest in writing for children’s television animation. No previous experience in either animation or writing for television is necessary. 



Dee Roycroft is an animation writer and script editor. Recent work includes new projects for both Cartoon Saloon and Daily Madness, Ollie for Ink & Light and Jessy and Nessy for JAM Media. Over the past 8 years, Dee has worked on productions for many companies and broadcasters including RTÉ, BBC, CBBC, Amazon Studios, Telegael, Fíbín, SLR Australia and TG4. She has mentored on initiatives with X-Pollinator, Galway Film Centre and the WGI, and taught in UCD, the Irish Writers Centre and RTÉ.

Materials/equipment/software needed

Participants will need to have a good internet connection and a device with Audio, Webcam and Microphone for live chat sessions and feedback. 

They should also have access to one of the following; Word, Final Draft, Scrivener.




Normally, the fee for this course would be €180 , but through Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet we can offer this course at the subsidised members rate of €125.

Dates and times of the course

6 Monday evenings from 7pm- 9pm starting on April 3rd

April 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

May 1st, 8th

Application process

Applications are closed.

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