TELEVISIONARY WRITERS WORKSHOP

This is where you start. If you've never written a script before, or it's your first time writing TV, or if you're just rusty, and want a solid grounding in the art of television writing, the Televisionary Writers Workshop is essential. It's the foundation of our curriculum, and a pre-requisite for most of our other classes.

In this intensive 5-week workshop, writers may focus on a TV spec or an original pilot. Your instructor will guide you through the process from concept to outline using Script Anatomy tools. It's applicable and hands-on and it will prepare you for staffing, development, and studio writing program applications. It will also provide you tools to help your development process throughout your career. Many successful alums have taken the Televisionary multiple times, to work the tools on new projects. 

We cover:

  • Hooks/Concepts
  • Arena
  • Loglines & Pitching
  • TV Story Structure
  • Strong Act Outs
  • Tone & Genre Expectation
  • Character Development
  • Dynamic Relationships
  • Conflict and Obstacles
  • Dilemmas and Goals
  • Stakes
  • Theme

Writers will learn tools to develop their TV scripts while completing weekly assignments on concept, pitching, character development, outline, etc.

Additionally, each writer will receive weekly peer feedback and instructor evaluation of weekly assignments and material in a supportive environment.

Sign up for the next Televisionary Writers Workshop by visiting our CLASS SCHEDULE.

 

TV SPEC & PILOT DRAFT INTENSIVE

Designed for writers who have completed an outline and are ready to write their TV spec or pilot draft while reviewing core structure and other key elements.

Starting with a pre-class PREP week, writers will read a selected comedy or drama script chosen by the instructor and hand in their outline in its current form to receive notes in SESSION 1. In SESSION 2, writers receive notes on pages from the instructor and their peers on the first half of their scripts; in SESSION 3, writers receive notes on the second half.

We focus on:

 
  • Structure
  • Act Outs
  • Set up
  • Character Development
  • Strengthening Dynamic Relationships
  • Amping up Conflict/Stakes
  • Deepening Emotion and/or Comedy
  • Scene Techniques
 

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

PREREQUISITE: TELEVISIONARY WRITERS WORKSHOP OR SUFFICIENT EXPERIENCE.

Sign up for the next TV Spec & Pilot Draft Intensive by visiting our CLASS SCHEDULE.

 

ADVANCED TV COMEDY PILOT LAB

This 2 week prep + 6-week intensive lab is limited to 8 students and is run like a professional writers room.

During lab, you will develop and write your material at the demanding pace expected in a professional environment using Script Anatomy tools.  All classmates are required to devote outside class time to homework, writing and, at certain points along the process, actively participate in the development and story breaking process each week.  In a professional writers room, you must participate to keep your job.  Working this muscle will benefit you.

Aside from helping you develop, outline, and write your script in 6 weeks, Pilot Lab includes writing and business topic lectures.  This unique curriculum provides invaluable preparation for your first staffing job.

PREREQUISITE: TELEVISIONARY WRITERS WORKSHOP OR SUFFICIENT EXPERIENCE.

Sign up for the next Advanced TV Comedy Pilot Lab by visiting our CLASS SCHEDULE.

 

ADVANCED TV DRAMA PILOT LAB

This 6-week intensive lab is limited to 8 writers and is run like a professional writers room. Every writer is expected to actively participate: read materials, pitch ideas, give notes, and work together as a room to help fellow writers in the story breaking process each week.

This fast-paced class requires that each writer devote outside class time to writing, homework and, at certain points along the process, reading other classmates’ material to give feedback. In a professional writers room, you must participate if you want to keep your job. Working this muscle will benefit you.

Aside from helping you develop, outline, and write your script in 6 weeks, this unique curriculum provides invaluable preparation for your first staffing job.

PREREQUISITE: TELEVISIONARY WRITERS WORKSHOP OR SUFFICIENT EXPERIENCE.

Sign up for the next Advanced TV Drama Pilot Lab by visiting our CLASS SCHEDULE.

 

ADVANCED TV SPEC LAB

In this 2 week prep + 4-week intensive lab, writers can expect step-by-step detailed feedback from the instructor on Script Anatomy development tools, outline, and draft.

Aside from helping you develop and write your script in 4 weeks (with breaks for outline and draft), this unique curriculum also provides invaluable preparation for your first staffing job.  We expect writers to read materials, pitch ideas, give notes, and work together as a room to help fellow writers in the story breaking process.  In a professional writers room, you must participate to keep your job — working this muscle will benefit you.

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

PREREQUISITE: TELEVISIONARY WRITERS WORKSHOP OR SUFFICIENT EXPERIENCE.

Sign up for the next Advanced TV Spec Lab by visiting our CLASS SCHEDULE.

 

"ART OF THE PITCH" WORKSHOP

This 4 session intensive is limited to 8 people and will give you the tools, insight and experience to successfully pitch a TV show.  This is an in-depth crash course on what to expect when pitching a TV idea to a production company, studio or network. Typically pitching is only experienced by the highest-level writers and there are usually about five people in the room. This class pulls back the veil on that secretive process.

Expect to:

  • Watch the instructor pitch a project he/she is going out with this season. (Invaluable! You never get to see behind the curtain!)
  • Learn the key elements of a strong pitch.
  • Discover how to hook and engage your audience from the get-go.
  • Learn what to expect “in the room” when you are pitching.
  • Take your idea, outline or script and create a written and verbal pitch.
  • Learn tricks and tips for memorizing.
  • Learn pitching do’s and don’ts.
  • Pitch your show to the class and receive feedback from instructor and peers.

PREREQUISITE: MUST HAVE TAKEN A SCRIPT ANATOMY CLASS

To find out when the next "Art of the Pitch" Workshop will be, please visit CLASSES BY DATE.

 

REWRITE LAB

Need to rewrite your spec or pilot? This class is the place to do it! The instructor will read, evaluate, and customize a prescription for your current draft in the first session so you know exactly what to focus on in your rewrite.

This course is perfect for students who want to re-break or re-write an existing project entirely, but aren’t quite sure where to start.

In-class lectures, exercises, and assignments will focus on:

  • Concept
  • Structuring & Re-breaking
  • Character flaw, Core wound, Active goal
  • Relationship dynamics & progression
  • Storylines & Arcs
  • Sequence Building
  • Scene Work Techniques
  • Dialogue Techniques
  • Scene Transitions
  • Types of Act Breaks
  • Polishes
  • Additional Rewrite Plan giving you a clear path forward
  • Implementing Theme, and more...

PREREQUISITE: TELEVISIONARY WRITERS WORKSHOP OR SUFFICIENT EXPERIENCE.

Sign up for the next Rewrite Lab by visiting our CLASS SCHEDULE.

 

REFUND POLICY:

100% refund 14 days or more before start of the first class

75% refund 10-13 days before start of first class

50% refund 7-9 days before start of first class

25% refund 4-6 days before start of first class

0% refund 3 days or less before start of first class