Learn the fundamentals of outlining a story and executing an episode in proper script form while working in the “writers’ room” and creating original work.
Turn your passion for television into a working understanding and appreciation of how a show evolves from initial concept to final episode. Instructors will conduct this course as a two-week workshop, guiding students through the conception of writing a television one-hour in-process drama. Participants will learn the fundamentals of outlining a story and executing an episode in proper script form. Students will take the script from concept to outline to beat sheet, landing on the first episode of an existing series.
In order to write a successful script, students will study a full season of a current television show in order to critically understand its world, story and characters. Students will have the unique opportunity to work together in a “writers’ room” and experience collaborating as a think tank to craft an original story ending for the series.
Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.
• Students will gain hands-on experience as well as insight into the real work and creativity that goes on in the writers’ room.
• As part of the course, students will learn the art of pitching ideas as well as "breaking" and "weaving" several stories together.
• The workshop format of the course will give students an experience with three key elements: writing, informed participation and constructive feedback.
• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: taping of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, NBC Studio or other production studio and the Museum of the Moving Image. Students will also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.
• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Guest speakers may include writers, producers, location scouts or actors from network and cable television shows.
Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.
Cost and Session Information
Day Program: $5,225*
Residential Program: $5,825*
Term 1: June 7 - June 19
Term 2: June 21 - July 3
Term 3: July 5 - July 17
Term 4: July 19 - July 31
*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.