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"A great course for beginners that can take you from 0-60 in your knowledge of TV writing."
- Justin Peele
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"It's a comprehensive, step-by-step course that teaches you how to write a TV Pilot and market it."
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"A great way to take an idea or a fledgling pilot and take it to the next level."
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Creative Writing Classes in NYC and Online with Professional Writing Instructors
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The best TV shows are addictive, beckoning us to bring the characters into our homes or onto our devices, episode after episode. The people might be cops, thugs, monsters, geeks, doctors, lawyers, fixers, or just ordinary people with everyday problems. The format might be network, streaming, or a web series. As long as it hooks us.
 
Each TV show is a unique story-machine, with its own rules and formulas. Here you will learn to write scripts that hit their marks, as well as dramatic-writing craft and how to market your work.
 
Whether you seek to write comedy, drama, or something in between, we’ll show you how to write TV episodes that might, someday, get you good ratings.

Notes:

TV writers either work on the staff of an existing series or they create an original show. To break into the business, you need samples of your work—either episodes of existing shows or original scripts, the latter more desirable these days.
 
TV I focuses on writing “spec” scripts for existing shows, which is the best way to learn how TV episodes work. TV II focuses on creating an original series and “pilot” episode.
 
These courses cover “scripted” shows, as opposed to reality TV. 


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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)

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
Jan 13 Tuesdays 555 8th Ave. 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Jan 13 Tuesdays 1450 Broadway 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Jan 14 Wednesdays 1450 Broadway 7:00PM - 10:00PM
= Daytime Class

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
Jan 13 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
Sample Class


Level II
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
Jan 12 Mondays 555 8th Ave. 7:00PM - 10:00PM
No Class: Jan 19, Feb 16

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
Jan 14 Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
Sample Class


TV Writing | Intensive
 

How much can you learn in one day? Plenty. As you will discover in one of our One-Day Intensives in New York City.

The One-Day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses. You are immersed in a topic through 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. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn. By the end of the day, you’ll be a more knowledgeable and skilled writer.

Students come from all over the world for our One-Day Intensives. You're likely to be sitting near NYC locals as well as people from such far-flung places as Texas, Egypt, and Japan. (NYC Hotel Information.)

Intensives are open for writers of any level.

We offer an online version of an Intensive, a three-week Character course.

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

Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.




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

New York City Classes  
Tuition: $125. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 30 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts Meeting Day Location Time Special Enroll
Jan 30 Friday 555 8th Ave. 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Feb 21 Saturday 1450 Broadway 11:00AM - 6:00PM



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