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 about the craft of dramatic writing, how to write for TV, 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. 

“”
A terrific primer on how to outline and write a script for an existing TV show.
Amy Martin
freelance writer

TV Writing | Level I

10-week Workshop

Place & Price

  • Online: not real-time, week-long sessions  info
    tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
  • Zoom: real-time videoconference  info
    tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
  • NYC: in-person, on hold now  info
    tuition: $435 (returning students: $405)

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $1745  Request consultation

What’s the difference between Online and Zoom?

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
 Jan 11
Mon, 7–10 pm et
Zoom Conference
Deal du Jour! Register for $285.
 Jan 11
Mon, 2–5 pm et
Zoom Conference
 Jan 12
Tue, 7–10 pm et
Zoom Conference

TV Pilot—A | Level II

10-week Workshop

Place & Price

  • Online: not real-time, week-long sessions  info
    tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
  • Zoom: real-time videoconference  info
    tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
  • NYC: in-person, on hold now  info
    tuition: $435 (returning students: $405)

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $1745  Request consultation

What’s the difference between Online and Zoom?

This course teaches you the fundamentals of writing a TV pilot script for an original series, sharpens your TV writing skills, and helps you begin to develop a TV pilot. Writers who wish to continue to develop their projects should take TV Pilot—B:

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

Prerequisite: TV Writing I (10-week), or the equivalent. Students must be 18 years or older.

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3.00 CEUs
Starts
Meets
Teacher
 Jan 13
Wed, 7–10 pm et
Zoom Conference

TV Pilot—B | Level II

10-week Workshop

Place & Price

  • Zoom: real-time videoconference  info
    tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $1745  Request consultation

This course focuses on writing a TV pilot for an original series and sharpens your skills at TV writing craft. Writers often repeat TV Pilot IIb to continue working on their pilots. Course components:

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

Prerequisite: TV Writing I (10-week) and TV Pilot IIa (10-week) at least once, or the equivalent. Students must be 18 years or older.

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3.00 CEUs
Starts
Meets
Teacher
 Jan 13
Wed, 7–10 pm et
Zoom Conference

Intensives are fun, fast crash courses.

TV Writing

Two-day Zoom Intensive

Place & Price

  • Zoom: real-time videoconference  info
    tuition: $165

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

The Zoom Intensives are taught via the Zoom videoconference platform.

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

Course components: lectures, writing exercises

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

Students may reschedule a Zoom Intensive one time.

Meets
Teacher

Sat, Feb 20 & 27, 1–4 pm et
Zoom Conference

TV Writing

One-day Intensive

Place & Price

  • NYC: in-person, on hold now  info
    tuition: $165

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $300  Request consultation

The NYC One-day Intensives are taught in-person.

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

Course components: lectures, writing exercises

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

Students may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time.

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Teacher
Upcoming dates to be announced.