Overview

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.

Site Visits:

Day trips 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
Museum of the Moving Image

Guest Speakers and Lecturers:

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.

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,150*

Residential Program: $5,750*

Dates:
June 23 - July 5
July 21 - August 02

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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