WSQ Write a Documentary Script

SSG Course Ref No.: CRS-Q-0023388-CI / Funding Validity Period: 21 Nov 2016 - 30 Apr 2020

This unit may be taken as part of the WSQ Diploma in Film & Television (Script).


Writing a documentary script is much more than just simply documenting reality. Learn to create factual films that are dramatic.



Scottish documentarian John Grierson was believed to have coined the word “documentary”. He believed that a new art form could be created by exploiting cinema’s potential for observing life. Documentaries have also been called factual films that are dramatic. How does one write a script for life? A well-written script should be able to capture the imagination of the audience and help them visualise the overall experience on the screen.

Participants will get a clear understanding of the various documentary modes and formats, learn how to conceptualise a compelling documentary, conduct research, devise a plot structure for the script and write the documentary script.


Learning Outcomes

  • Develop the subject and/or focus of the documentary to provide a perspective which is of interest to the audience
  • Conduct research for selected subject and focus to facilitate the writing of the script
  • Determine the format and style appropriate for the documentary to meet the expectations of the producer, distributor and audience
  • Write the documentary script to meet the format and style defined for the documentary 


Who Should Attend

Research Writers, Staff Writers (TV), Writers (News), Assistant Producers


(Duration) Date

(41 Hours) 7, 9, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30 April 2020

Registration Closing Date: 17 March 2020



7:00pm to 10:00pm (Weekdays)

9:00am to 6:00pm (Saturdays)


Fees (Inclusive of 7% GST)

Application Fee: S$53.50 -Waived-


Course Type: Category A

SSG Funding* (70%)

MCES or ETS Funding* (90%)

WTS Funding* (95%)

Full Course Fee S$3,600.00 S$3,600.00 S$3,600.00
SSG Funding (S$2,520.00) (S$2,520.00) (S$2,520.00)
Nett Course Fee S$1,080.00 S$1,080.00 S$1,080.00
7% GST S$75.60 S$75.60 S$75.60
Total Fee Payable S$1,155.60 S$1,155.60 S$1,155.60
Additional Funding (S$0.00) (S$720.00) (S$900.00)
Nett Fee Payable S$1,155.60 S$435.60 S$255.60

*SkillsFuture Funding (SSG Funding), Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES Funding), Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETS Funding), Workfare Training Support Scheme (WTS Funding) - Fundings from SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) are applicable to Singapore Citizens and/or Permanent Residents only. Terms and conditions apply. For more information on funding available, click here


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