Beginning Writing for the Half-Hour Spec I

FILM TV X 430.6
Learn how to construct a story and write a script outline for an existing half-hour series in this introductory TV writing course.
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Classroom
Online
Starting at $665.00
As few as 10 weeks
3.0

What you can learn.

  • Learn half-hour TV script story structure
  • Identify a show's unique spin and tone
  • Write in the voice of familiar characters
  • Craft your own episode story and outline

About this course:

This course teaches you how to create an airtight story and outline--the critical first step in writing a strong half-hour comedy spec script and a process that makes writing your script much easier, faster, and more successful. You begin by learning how to pinpoint what makes any half-hour comedy show tick, studying the appeal and quirkiness of the main characters, and identifying the unique spin shows put on their stories. You then focus on your own script for a current show, finding the story and identifying the comedy in it, learning how to pitch it, and creating a workable outline from which to write. Instruction also covers the "need to know" business aspects of the half-hour show, such as the current use of spec scripts to get jobs and the basics of how a comedy writer works on staff, how freelance writers move onto staff, how a writing staff is structured, and how writers work collaboratively "in the room." All student projects must focus on current shows from a list provided by the instructor; no pilots. This course counts toward the four-course Writer's Fellowship Prep Specialization.

Summer 2019 Schedule

Available Format(s):

These courses are fully online, and there are no in-person classroom meetings.

Enrollment Closed
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Instructor: Jim Staahl
368462
Fee:
$695.00
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 01, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.

Enrollment Closed
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Saturday 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Eric Abrams
368457
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 04, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
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Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Sat Jun 29, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Sat Jul 6, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Sat Jul 13, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Sat Jul 20, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Sat Jul 27, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Sat Aug 3, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Sat Aug 10, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Sat Aug 17, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Sat Aug 24, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Sat Sep 7, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284

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