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.

Fall 2018 Schedule

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

Wait List
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Instructor: Claudia Grazioso
363672
Fee:
$695.00
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. No refund after October 2. Internet access required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 2, 2018
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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Monday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Tom Pinchuk
363671
Fee:
$575.00
4 days left. Enroll by Sep 24, 2018
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Notes

No meeting November 12, 2018.

Enrollment limited to 20 students. No refund after September 26, 2018.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after September 26, 2018
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Mon Sep 24, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall 122
Discussion
Mon Oct 1, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall 122
Discussion
Mon Oct 8, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall 122
Discussion
Mon Oct 15, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall 122
Discussion
Mon Oct 22, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall 122
Discussion
Mon Oct 29, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall 122
Discussion
Mon Nov 5, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall 122
Discussion
Mon Nov 12, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall 122
Discussion
Mon Nov 19, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall 122
Discussion
Mon Nov 26, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall 122
Discussion
Mon Dec 3, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall 122
Available
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Wednesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Instructor: Joe Fisch
364077
Fee:
$575.00
6 days left. Enroll by Sep 26, 2018
See Details
Notes

No meeting November 21, 2018.

Enrollment limited to 20 students. No refund after September 28, 2018. 

Refund Deadline
No refunds after September 28, 2018
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Wed Sep 26, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills 205AB - Coldwater/Corral
Discussion
Wed Oct 3, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills 205AB - Coldwater/Corral
Discussion
Wed Oct 10, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills 205AB - Coldwater/Corral
Discussion
Wed Oct 17, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills 205AB - Coldwater/Corral
Discussion
Wed Oct 24, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills 205AB - Coldwater/Corral
Discussion
Wed Oct 31, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills 205AB - Coldwater/Corral
Discussion
Wed Nov 7, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills 205AB - Coldwater/Corral
Discussion
Wed Nov 14, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills 205AB - Coldwater/Corral
Discussion
Wed Nov 28, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills 205AB - Coldwater/Corral
Discussion
Wed Dec 5, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills 205AB - Coldwater/Corral

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