This course is open to students with a serious interest in the craft of television. This writing-intensive workshop is modeled on the industry, requiring strict adherence to deadlines and mandatory attendance.
This workshop focuses on the writer as an individual in the often daunting, sometimes humbling "collaborative" world of TV writing. In this workshop, we work on capturing the voices, rhythm, and style of varied classic TV hits, while executing class writing assignments. Students test their discipline, motivation, and ingenuity as they complete their very own "spec script" of a show of their choice, presently on the air. Readings may include How to Write For Television by Madeline Dimaggio, The Sitcom Career Book by Mary Lou Belli and Phil Ramuno, and selections from Story by Robert McKee and How to Write a Movie in 21 Days by Viki King. Students are required to work in Final Draft software for class projects.