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"I had a great time studying TV and talking about it with other people who are passionate about it."
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"If you have always wanted to write a spec script, this class will give you the knowledge and structure to do it."
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Creative Writing Classes in NYC and Online with Professional Writing Instructors
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Writing For TV Online

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.

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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
Jan 13 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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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.

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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
Jan 14 Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
Sample Class



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