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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 Office, 30 Rock), dramas (Law and Order SVU, Mad Men), and comedy/dramas (United States of Tara, Desperate Housewives).

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.

View a course syllabus

(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
Apr 15 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
Sample Class
CLASS FULL
May 27 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
Sample Class


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.
Which level is right for you? How to Choose a Level

(3.0 CEU)

New York City Classes  
Tuition: $420, Returning Students $390. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts Meeting Day Location Time Special Enroll
Apr 22 Tuesdays 1450 Broadway 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Apr 29 Tuesdays 272 W. 10 St. 7:00PM - 10:00PM

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
Apr 23* Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
Sample Class

* You can still enroll in this class!

TV Writing | Intensive
 
The Intensives are fun, fast-paced immersions in a type of writing. You’ll get a mixture of brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve just learned. The Intensives provide an excellent overview of their fields, ideal for both the beginner and someone wanting a quick refresher course. Come in to class with a notepad, pen, and desire to learn. By the end of the day, you’ll be a more knowledgeable and skilled writer.

Intensives are for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals.

Intensives are offered in NYC on Fridays and weekends throughout the year.

Gotham also offers two and four-week seminars, including: How to Get Published, Hit Send: Publishing Short Nonficiton, How to Blog, Nonfiction Book Proposal, and How to Sell Your Screenplay.

Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.


Topics include: format, scene structure, character, dialogue, the business.



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