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Micharne Cloughley

Micharne Cloughley is a TV and theatre writer.  Cloughley is currently a staff writer for Law & Order: SVU.


Her plays include A Dream Panel of Real Women, which was developed through the Creative Arts Fellowship at the National Library of Australia. With The Civilians, she wrote The Way They Live and co-wrote The End and the Beginning, both performed in The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Other plays have been developed or presented by The Tank, Animus Theatre, Australian Made Entertainment, Holden Street Theatres, Rock Surfers Theatre, Spark Youth Theatre, and the Q Theatre.


This is Micharne’s first Festival as a participating writer and she will be offering the Writing Workshop, “PLOTTING THE TV EPISODE”.

Workshop for :

Micharne Cloughley

“POETRY vs. ADVERTISING: Writing Scenes For Television”

The scene is the building block of a television episode. While it is easy to get caught up in the endless storytelling possibilities of television, the strength of an episode comes down to how each scene tells the story it needs to tell.

In this workshop I will attempt to demystify writing for television by focusing in on writing great scenes. We’ll discuss structure, pace, action, character and dialogue, as well as write our own scenes. Writing for television is more like writing for poetry than you may imagine.

A huge amount of thought and sculpting goes into each word on the page. But nearly all television is still advertising something. This results in specific demands of a TV episode. Demands that are answered scene by scene.

Micharne Workshop
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