Writing for TV: How to Develop a Series, and Write the Pilot and Bible

10 Mondays from 10:30-1:30pm, starting January 27th
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
In this hands-on class writers will learn the craft and process of developing a serialized, limited, or anthology TV series while writing the first draft of an original pilot. 
We’ll dive deep into craft topics such as structure, character, dialogue, world-building and formatting as we read/watch and analyze several award-winning pilots including (but not limited to) American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Black Mirror, Breaking Bad, Mozart in the Jungle, and Orange is the New Black. Additional craft readings will include excerpts from Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc by Dara Marks, Save the Cat by Blake Snyder, and The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler.
We’ll also look at the the process of TV writing, the ‘how to’, the ‘where do I even begin’, to ensure that writers have the tools they need to develop future projects on their own. Toward this goal we’ll begin by crafting loglines (series, first season, pilot and sample episodes) to hone and vet concepts. We’ll then move on to developing the series’ ‘bible’ to flesh out the themes, characters and world, as well as a one-page synopsis for the first season. Finally we’ll be ready to craft a pilot beatsheet and outline, and write the opening beats. 
We’ll end the class with a discussion on the art of offering and accepting craft-based feedback, and revision strategies for the second draft.
Students can expect to leave the class with a series bible, season synopsis, detailed pilot beatsheet and outline, and at least act one of their television pilot.
Please note: Class does not meet Monday, February 17th.

Scholarship Information

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Shari D. Frost
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  • Generate New Work
  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing
  • Instructor Feedback
  • Workshop
  • Revision Assignments
  • Lecture
  • Class Discussion
  • Reading Homework
  • Writing Homework
  • Computer or Tablet Recommended


  • Screenwriting

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