Beginning Writing for the Half-Hour Spec I

SCRIPT X 421.1

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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Fall
Winter
Spring
Summer
Remote Instruction
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. 

Summer 2020 Schedule

Available Format(s):

These courses are fully online and have no regular meeting times.

Enrollment Closed
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This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Jim Staahl
374323
Fee:
$695.00
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Notes
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 08, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Available
-
This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Andrew Osborne
376859
Fee:
$695.00
2 days left. Enroll by Jul 15, 2020
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Notes
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 29, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

These courses have regular meeting times and are fully online, via remote instruction. Click “See Details” below for more information.

Enrollment Closed
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Tuesday 7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Location: Online
Instructor: Phil Kellard
374322
Fee:
$665.00
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times 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.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 14, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Tue Jun 30, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Tue Jul 7, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Tue Jul 14, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Tue Jul 21, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Tue Jul 28, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Tue Aug 4, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Tue Aug 11, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Tue Aug 18, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Tue Aug 25, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Tue Sep 1, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Enrollment Closed
-
Thursday 7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Location: Online
Instructor: Teri Brown-Jackson
376660
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times 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.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 16, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Thu Jul 2, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Thu Jul 9, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Thu Jul 16, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Thu Jul 23, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Thu Jul 30, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Thu Aug 6, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Thu Aug 13, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Thu Aug 20, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Thu Aug 27, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Thu Sep 3, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online

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