SCRIPT ANATOMY TV WRITING CLASSES

Script Anatomy offers TV writing classes in LOS ANGELES and also *ONLINE*. View our course calendar to see a schedule. As of 2019, we now also offer a *NEW* Feature Writing Class, details below!


TELEVISIONARY

Televisionary is the foundation of the Script Anatomy Curriculum.

An intensive 5 week course that is perfect for both new and working writers who want to elevate their scripts by applying Script Anatomy’s unique tools. 

*Whatever your level this course will help you advance.*

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You may choose to work on either a TV spec or an original pilot. 

Your instructor will guide you through the Script Anatomy tools, a tried and tested process of crafting your script from concept to outline. Each week, you will receive lectures about the tools, and then a corresponding assignment in which you will apply those tools to your own project. And you will receive weekly peer feedback and instructor critique, providing you with an honest evaluation of your material in a dynamic and supportive environment.

Like all Script Anatomy courses, it’s highly applicable and hands-on, and it prepares you for life as a professional writer. All of our successful alumni have taken this course, many of them several times. 

Classes cover:

  • Hooks/Concepts

  • Arena

  • Loglines

  • TV Story Structure

  • Strong Act Outs

  • Tone & Genre Expectation

  • Character Development

  • Dynamic Relationships

  • Conflict and Obstacles

  • Dilemmas and Goals

  • Stakes

  • Theme

5 weeks / 12 writers max

*Now available ONLINE*

For the next Televisionary Class, please check the Course Calendar.


TV SPEC & PILOT DRAFT INTENSIVE

A logical next step after Televisionary, the TV Spec and Pilot Draft Intensive is a structured 3 session class designed for screenwriters who have a completed outline and are ready to write their draft.

Perhaps you have a draft that needs to be rewritten? Or you just want deadlines and feedback as you head into draft? This course will help you get that unfinished project written and polished while reviewing core structure and other key elements.

It begins with a pre-class prep week in which writers hand in their outline and read a comedy or drama script chosen by the screenwriting instructor. In Week One writers receive notes on their outlines from their peers and the instructor. In Weeks Two and Three, they receive notes on the first and second halves of their scripts.

This is not a rewrite class, though there will be revising and retooling of story and key elements.

Classes cover:

  • Structure

  • Act Outs

  • Set up

  • Character Development

Hannah Rosner has landed a coveted spot in the 2019 Warner Brothers Writers Workshop. She was the writer's assistant on the Netflix/Di Bonaventura show “Jupiter's Legacy”, showrun by Steven DeKnight. She was a VP for Zak Penn (The Avengers & The Incredible Hulk) and the script coordinator on Ready Player One.

  • Strengthening Dynamic Relationships

  • Amping up Conflict/Stakes

  • Deepening Emotion and/or Comedy

  • Scene Techniques

1 week prep + 3 weeks / 8 writers max

*Now available ONLINE*

Required: Televisionary or equivalent experience.

For the next TV Spec & Pilot Draft Intensive, please check the Course Calendar.


TV COMEDY PILOT LAB

This 6-week intensive class is run like a professional writers room, and requires 2 weeks prep before class begins.

Using Script Anatomy tools, you will develop, outline and write your TV comedy pilot script at a pace expected in the TV industry.

All class members are required to devote time to homework, writing and reading other classmates’ work to provide feedback. They are expected to actively participate in the development and story breaking process each week. In a professional writers room, you must participate if you want to keep your job! Working this muscle will benefit you.

This is an advanced class, designed to prepare you for your first job writing for TV. As our alumni attest, the experience is invaluable.

2 week prep + 6 weeks / 8 writers max

Required: Televisionary or equivalent experience.

For the next TV Comedy Pilot Lab, please check the Course Calendar.


TV DRAMA PILOT LAB

This 6-week intensive class is run like a professional writers room, and requires 2 weeks prep before class begins.

Using Script Anatomy tools, you will develop, outline and write your TV drama pilot script at a pace expected in the TV industry.

Jonathan Hurwitz is a WGA Award-nominated writer based in Los Angeles. As a writer's assistant and freelance writer on three seasons of “Andi Mack” (Disney), his Season 2 episode was nominated for a 2019 WGA Award, and his Season 3 episode featured a main character coming out using the words "I'm gay”, a first in Disney Channel history.

All class members are required to devote time to homework, writing and reading other classmates work to provide feedback. They are expected to actively participate in the development and story breaking process each week. In a professional writers room, you must participate if you want to keep your job! Working this muscle will benefit you. 

This is an advanced class, designed to prepare you for your first job writing for TV. As our alumni attest, the experience is invaluable.

2 week prep + 6 weeks / 8 writers max

Required: Televisionary or equivalent experience.

For the next TV Drama Pilot Lab will be, please check the Course Calendar.


TV SPEC LAB

This 4-week intensive class is run like a professional writers room, and requires 2 weeks prep before class begins.

Our TV Spec Lab is where writers finesse their specs for submission to the TV Writing Fellowship Programs.

Lisa Bao is currently a staff writer on Nancy Drew (CW). She is a graduate of the CBS Writers Mentoring Program ’19, and CAPE New Writers Fellowship ’18. She is represented by Industry Entertainment.

Every writer is expected to actively participate: read materials, pitch ideas, give notes, and work together to help your fellow screenwriters. In a professional writers room, you must participate if you want to keep your job! Working this muscle will benefit you.

Using Script Anatomy’s tools, you will work at a pace expected in the TV industry. It will require devoting time outside class to writing, homework and, at certain points, reading other classmates’ material to give feedback.

As our alumni attest, this unique curriculum provides invaluable preparation for your first job writing for TV.

We strongly recommend you register at least two weeks early to ensure completing your prep work on time.

2 weeks prep + 4 weeks / 8 writers max

Required: Televisionary or equivalent experience.

For the next TV Spec Lab, please check the Course Calendar.


PILOT PITCH LAB

So you've finessed your script. Now what?

This 4 session intensive class will give you the tools, insight and hands-on experience to successfully pitch a TV show to a producer or studio executive. It’s also a great way to develop your project.

Jeane Wong has sold a pilot to Universal Cable Productions, set another pilot up at Homegrown Pictures (of Netflix’s “Dear White People”) and has written several episodes of Arrow (CW). An LA native, she completed NBC’s Writers On The Verge, and is currently repped by Circle of Confusion.

Instructor Kevin Townsley has set up shows at SyFy, Crackle, Pivot, Sony, CBS Studios, Warner Brothers, FOX 21 and Fremantle. He has worked with Silver Pictures (Joel Silver), Divide Pictures (Milo Ventimiglia), That's Wonderful Productions (Jim Parson) and Wonderland Sound and Vision (McG). 

He devised this fast-paced crash course to pull back the curtain on a process that is usually experienced only by high level screenwriters and executives. 

You will learn all the rudiments of pitching, and watch Kevin pitch a project he is going out with this season. Then you will have the invaluable experience of pitching your own TV show to the class and receiving feedback.

Classes cover:

  • Key elements of winning TV show pitches

  • How to hook and engage your audience from the get-go

  • What to expect “in the room”

  • Reverse engineering your idea into a written and verbal pitch

  • Tricks for memorizing

  • Pitching Do’s and Don’ts

4 weeks / 8 writers max

Required: Must have taken a Script Anatomy class.

For the next Art of the Pitch Class, please check the Course Calendar.


REWRITE LAB

Writing is rewriting, and this is the place to do it - right up to a table read of your finished TV show script by local actors!

The Rewrite Lab is an 8 week class designed for students who want to re-break or re-write an existing project entirely. 

Whether you’re writing TV drama or comedy, a spec script or a TV pilot, Script Anatomy’s tools can help you rebuild and finesse your script. 

Michael Robin has won the Cinestory Foundation Fellowship Spec Division last year, was a 2nd rounder at the Austin Film Festival, a semi finalist at The PAGE Awards, and a finalist for the HUMANITAS New Voices program.

The first 5 weeks will be guided classes in which the screenwriting instructor and your peers will help you work the tools and give you honest notes on your material. The last 3 weeks will be table reads with actors in which your work will come to life - an exciting and invaluable experience for any screenwriter. 

Classes Cover:

  • Strengthening Concept and World

  • Structure: Core Beats and Arcs

  • Layered and Complex Characters

  • Relationship Dynamics & Progression

  • Escalating Conflict, Stakes and Emotion

  • Scene Work Techniques and Transitions

  • Dialogue Techniques

  • Types of Act Outs

  • Rewrite and Polishing Tips

  • Implementing Theme

8 weeks / 8 writers max

Required: Televisionary or equivalent experience.

For the next Rewrite Lab, please check the Course Calendar.


STRUCTURE LAB

“Breaking story” is your number one job when you’re working in a TV writers room. We’re proud to introduce a brand new 7-week lab that will show you, in a hands-on way, how it’s done – both for your script and for others. 

To “break story” means coming up with all the scenes (the beats) for the episode and making sure that each scene, and the structure of the episode is properly vetted. When working on a show the writer pitches his/her episode out to the room, scene by scene, and then the writing staff weighs in with fixes and improvements to solve any story or structure problems. 

This course mimics that process, but for your pilot. So, you will: 

  1. Have six other writers help you figure out story structure, beats, transitions, and act outs 

  2. Learn invaluable lessons on all those core elements

  3. Learn how to troubleshoot a story that isn’t working

  4. Get feedback on how you pitch ideas and conduct yourself in a room. 

This lab is run like a simulated writers room and is invaluable preparation for life as a TV writer since a huge part of the job is pitching ideas every day.

You would never build a house without proper blue prints. Pilot writing is no different. You must lay the proper foundation for your show or it will collapse under the weight of the notes and it all starts with a sound structure. Sign up today!

8 weeks / 7 writers max

Required: Televisionary or equivalent experience.

For the next Structure Lab, please check the Course Calendar.


FEATURE DEVELOPMENT LAB

Perfect for new writers, this intensive 5-week course will show you how to develop and outline your script with step-by-step notes/feedback and gain an effective writing process that will empower you throughout your career.

Our instructor and working feature film writer will guide you through the process of turning your idea into a viable concept, using Script Anatomy’s signature lectures, development tools and in depth analysis of existing films.

Classes Cover:

  • Brainstorming and elevating your concept

  • Crafting a logline

  • Developing your “elevator pitch”

  • Creating compelling three-dimensional characters

  • Building stakes and conflict

  • Building dynamic relationships

  • Analyzing three act structure

  • Integrating powerful theme into your story

  • Developing your character’s transformational arc

  • Creating set-pieces and cinematic imagery

  • Building a solid outline.

Your instructor will share his/her experience on breaking into the business, navigating pitfalls, selling your work. Our first instructor Brandy Finmark has sold multiple projects and continues to work in the film industry.

By the end of this class you’ll have a strong grasp of the fundamental elements for developing and writing a killer script from concept to solid outline. You’ll be taking your writing to the next level. Feedback from both the instructor and peers is also an important component of the course.

Please be prepared to not only do your own homework but give notes to your fellow writers!

5 weeks / 9 writers max

For the next Feature Development Lab, please check the Course Calendar.


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