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 $575.00
As few as 10 weeks
3.0 Credits

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.

Winter 2019 Schedule

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

Available
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Instructor: Jim Staahl
364772
Fee:
$695.00
56 days left. Enroll by Jan 9, 2019
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 14, 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.

Available
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Tuesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Tom Pinchuk
364771
Fee:
$575.00
55 days left. Enroll by Jan 8, 2019
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 13, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
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Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Tue Jan 8, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Jan 15, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Jan 22, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Jan 29, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Feb 5, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Feb 12, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Feb 19, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Feb 26, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Mar 5, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Mar 12, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333

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