Learn to turn your pilot idea into a pitch document that captures your brilliance and expertise
Develop an outline of your pilot episode to set yourself up for success when writing your script
Get insight into professional development and how the television industry works to prep you for success beyond the classroom
Write a solid draft of your script and get input from your peers along the way
About this course:
Anyone who wants to work as a professional television writer has to be able to submit top-notch original material to agents and showrunners. In this fast-paced intensive workshop, you take your idea for a half-hour or one-hour TV series, create a pitch document and turn it into an outline. You write intensively, and get feedback from the instructor and fellow participants. Throughout this process, you learn how to envision the world of your show; create characters and conflict; build a storytelling engine; and nail down your show's structure, tone, story and act breaks. This intensive workshop then guides you through writing a solid draft of your original pilot script from your created outline, focusing on capturing the essence of the show through its act structure, plot, multiple storylines, characters, scenes and dialogue. On the business side, you hear from guest speakers and learn how to develop your career game plan and hear about the business of television. You also hear an introduction to show-running principles.
Enrollment limited to 12 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted.
$100 nonrefundable. Enrollment discounts limited to WP NOW members; no other discounts apply.
This course is held via video teleconference. Instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at the course meeting time as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.
Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.
The priority application deadline is Monday, Mar. 11 at 9am (PT). Applications submitted after this date are not guaranteed consideration.
Instructions for Submitting to Advanced-Level Courses:
Click on “Enroll” then follow the prompts to check out and create a new account, or enter your information as a returning student. Then, follow the remaining instructions below:
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Click “Start” on the first Application page.
On the 2nd Application page, click “Start” on the bottom left side of the page.
NOTE: despite being asked to enter payment information, you will not be charged for this course unless you choose to enroll if/when you receive a notice of acceptance for the course. In other words, it’s 100% free to apply. The full course fee will be due up front to register, prior to attending the course. Since enrollment is restricted there are no applicable discountable promos available for this course.
Selection notices will likely be distributed via email 1 to 2 weeks before the class is scheduled to start. In the meantime, you can also register for alternative open-enrollment course and transfer upon your acceptance.
No refunds after April 01, 2024
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