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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Writing a pilot is a daunting task--this class will chop it up into manageable chunks, taking it step by step.
Chris Fletcher
comedian/actor

TV Writing | Level I

10-week Workshop

NYC Tuition: $435 (returning students: $405)
Online Tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
Zoom info, tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
     Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $1745 Request consultation

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
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Spring NYC Schedule now available via Zoom Conference
Upcoming dates to be announced. Check Online listings.

TV Pilot | Level II

10-week Workshop

NYC Tuition: $435 (returning students: $405)
Online Tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
Zoom info, tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
     Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $1745 Request consultation

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
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Spring NYC Schedule now available via Zoom Conference
Upcoming dates to be announced. Check Online listings.

Intensives are fun, fast crash courses.

TV Writing

Two-day Zoom Intensive

Two three-hour sessions on separate days.

Zoom 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.

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Not offered in NYC.

TV Writing

One-day Intensive

Seven hours in one day (with lunch break).

NYC 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.

Meets
Teacher
Spring NYC Schedule now available via Zoom Conference
Upcoming dates to be announced.