Adapting Literature for TV: The Pitch

FILM TV X 433.59

Bring the world of a book or series to life as you refine a show concept, develop characters, and craft a short pitch to sell your idea.


What you can learn.

  • Identify how to translate the original work into a format that works in episodic television
  • Articulate the show’s concept and cultivate the themes you want to deliver
  • Develop pitches for your pilot, your season, and your series to outline the adaptation plan
  • Get a sense of the landscape of current adaptations and what opportunities exist for you as a writer

About this course:

This course is designed for students interested in adapting literature for television, a trend in Hollywood only growing in popularity. You look at how to transfer and restructure the world of the book—its characters, setting, plot, and themes—into a compelling and commercial television series while maintaining the heart and soul of the original work. You also hone your show's concept; develop character descriptions, which may include generating composite characters; and create short pitches for the pilot episode, the season, and future episodes. The goal of this course is to develop an initial pitch for your adaptation.

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This course applies towards the following certificates & specializations…

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