Matthew Hall is a novelist and a screenwriter from mid-Wales. After studying law at Oxford and practicing for several years as a barrister he decided to pursue his dream of writing and finally got his break aged 27 writing episodes of the hit ITV show, Kavanagh QC. Soon after, he was commissioned to create an original series for the then new Channel Five,Wing and a Prayer. The first season earned him a BAFTA nomination in the Best Series category. In a screenwriting career lasting over 20 years, Matthew has written over 50 hours of prime-time TV drama. His debut novel, The Coroner, was published by Pan Macmillan in 2009 and was nominated for the Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger in the Best Novel category. His fourth novel in the series, The Flight (Pan Macmillan, 2012), also made it to the same shortlist. His eighth novel, a stand-alone thriller, The Black Art of Killing, will be published by Penguin in early 2019. Matthew is the writer of Keeping Faith, a BBC Wales Welsh noir thriller, which broke the BBC iPlayer’s record with over 9.5 million requests to view the series so far. The second series is due to begin filming in the autumn of 2018.
Writing for TV
This course will teach you the fundamentals of how to create and structure stories for the screen: we will learn how to create complex and layered characters; how to write dialogue; and how to compose a screenplay leaving room for director and actors. We will consider how film structure differs from television, and how to go about writing long-form TV drama. We will closely analyse several film and TV pilots exploring precisely how the story is constructed. There will be talks by visiting screenwriters, and plenty of practical exercises to develop a comprehensive toolkit containing all the major tools a writer will need to turn raw inspiration into a fully-functioning narrative.