TV Writing

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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I learned what it takes to be a sitcom writer. I might as well have been writing for a show being produced today. I pitched ideas, made outlines, wrote draft after draft, and finally finished a full spec script.
Dan Acuna
writer

TV Writing | Level I

10-week Workshop

NYC info, tuition: $425 (returning students: $395)
Online info, tuition: $399 (returning students: $369)
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

This course gives you a firm grounding in the basics of TV writing craft and gets you writing a TV script for an existing show. Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises
  • Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work two times)

TV Writing I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals. Students must be 18 years or older.

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3.00 CEUs
Starts
Meets
Teacher
 Jul 7
Class fullCall for wait list
Tue, 7–10 pm
1450 Broadway
 Jul 13
Class fullCall for wait list
Mon, 7–10 pm
1450 Broadway

TV Writing | Level I

One-day Intensive

NYC info, tuition: $125
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

The NYC One-day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses, giving you brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve learned. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn; leave in the evening as a more knowledgeable writer.

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.

TV Writing Intensive topics include: format, scene structure, character, dialogue, selling/producing your work.

Not available at this time.

TV Pilot | Level II

10-week Workshop

NYC info, tuition: $425 (returning students: $395)
Online info, tuition: $399 (returning students: $369)
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

This course helps you sharpen your skills at TV writing craft and work on a pilot script for an original series. Writers often repeat TV Writing II to continue their projects. Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises
  • Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work two times)

Prerequisite: TV Writing I, or the equivalent. Students must be 18 years or older.

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3.00 CEUs
Starts
Meets
Teacher
 Jul 9
1 spot left
Thu, 7–10 pm
555 8th Ave.
 Jul 15