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. 

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A great way to take an idea or a fledgling pilot and take it to the next level.
Lynn Bakamjian
global health consultant

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
You can still enroll in this class.
 Sep 15
1 spot left
Class full.  Call for wait list.
 Sep 29
Tue, 7–10 pm et
Zoom Conference
 Oct 5
Mon, 7–10 pm et
Zoom Conference
 Oct 6
Tue, 2–5 pm et
Zoom Conference
 Jan 5

TV Pilot | 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 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 (10-week), or the equivalent. Students must be 18 years or older.

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3.00 CEUs
Starts
Meets
Teacher
 Sep 30
1 spot left
Wed, 7–10 pm et
Zoom Conference
 Oct 5
Mon, 10 am–1 pm et
Zoom Conference
 Oct 7
4 spots left
 Jan 13

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, Oct 24 & 31, 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.