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How do you break into TV as a writer? The most likely path is to join the staff of an existing show. To win those jobs, you need samples of your work, which means one or both of these: 1) several “spec” scripts (perfectly executed episodes of still-current shows), 2) original work (play, screenplay, or pilot episode of an original TV series). We have courses that will guide you through the process of writing both spec scripts and pilot episodes.

(Since the process of writing a spec is very different from writing a pilot, we have separate courses for each. Students should begin with TV Writing I, which focuses on spec scripts and gives students a foundation in the basics. It’s better to learn the basics with an existing show.)

Our TV courses cover “scripted” TV series: comedies (The Big Bang TheoryNew Girl), dramas (The Good WifeWalking Dead), and comedy/dramas (Louie, Orange Is the New Black).

If you seek to be a TV writer, we’ll show you how to write material of a high enough quality to give you a legitimate shot.


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Level I
TV Writing | 10-week Workshop
 
This course gives students a firm grounding in all the basics of TV writing. Students will focus on creating a spec script for an existing show. You will learn how to select a show, structure and format to industry standards, stay true to a show's characters and spirit, and develop a dramatist's sense of dialogue and scene. You will also learn how to market your work.
  • Develop a spec script for an existing TV show
  • Lectures on basics of TV writing craft
  • Writing exercises to help develop your episode
  • Present work for critique (two times)

TV Writing I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals.

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(3.0 CEU)

Online Classes  
Tuition: $399, Returning Students $369. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 16 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts New Lecture Location Time Special Enroll
Oct 7 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Advanced
TV Pilot | 10-week Workshop
 
This course guides students through the process of developing the concept for an original TV series and creating a pilot episode. You will learn the essential ingredients for a TV series (premise, structure, cast, setting, secret theme, tone, sustainability, etc.), and you will learn how to set up the series with a well-constructed pilot episode. You will also learn how to market your work.
  • Develop a concept and pilot episode for an original TV show
  • Lectures and script analysis on developing a concept and pilot
  • Writing exercises to help develop your concept and pilot
  • Present work for critique (two times)
Prerequisite: TV Writing I or the equivalent.
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(3.0 CEU)

Online Classes  
Tuition: $399, Returning Students $369. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts New Lecture Location Time Special Enroll
Oct 15 Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
Sample Class



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