Writing for children's animation: workshop

Target job roles
Writer (Animation)
Career stages
Early, Experienced
ScreenSkills funded

What's it like to write for a children's animation show? What are the challenges you will face? What are the limitations you will have to work with? How do you develop your own show, or adapt an existing concept? What does a storyboard artist need from your script? What does a TV exec look for? How do you work with the show's producer? 

Led by accomplished writer Myles McLeod, this course will answer these questions and more in four 2 hour sessions. 

Workshop dates:

  • Tuesday 18 January 2022 – 6-8.00pm
  • Tuesday 25 January 2022 – 6-8.00pm
  • Tuesday 1 February 2022 – 6-8.00pm
  • Tuesday 8 February 2022 – 6-8.00pm

You must be able to commit to all four workshop sessions to participate.

At the end of the workshop, there will be a networking session with animation producers, date and time to be confirmed.


Myles McLeod has been writing for TV since 2006. He has over a hundred TV credits including shows Hey Duggee, Octonauts and Clangers. He has also developed shows for TV including Noddy Toyland Detective, Circle Square and Percy’s Tiger Tales. Myles is one half of The Brothers McLeod known for their BAFTA Film Award nominated short films. He is a children’s poet and author of the Knight Sir Louis books published by Guppy Books. In addition to writing, Myles is also a voice actor with credits from Disney, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Nickelodeon.

Who it's for

This course is for early career writers or writers with some experience, rather than complete novice or expert writers.

This workshop is not open to students in full time education. You will need to demonstrate at least one professional credit in your application, whether it be a short film, published story, or a series episode.

We particularly encourage applications from writers from groups under-represented in the industry.

How to apply

As part of the application process you will be asked to include a CV (no more than 2 A4 pages), a link to a previous short film or series you have a writing credit on, and include a brief paragraph about your writing experience and why you would like to participate.

Deadline for applications: midnight, 4 January 2022

Successful applicants will be notified no later than 14 January. If you have not heard by this date, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.  We are unable to give feedback on applications. 

Course free due to ScreenSkills funding

This training addresses an industry skills shortage and is subsidised by ScreenSkills as an investment in the professional development of people working in the UK screen industries. 

The workshop is supported by the ScreenSkills Animation Skills Funds with contributions from UK animation productions.

This session will take place online via Zoom. A joining link will be sent via email to successful applicants before the start of the first session.



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