Beginning Writing for the Half-Hour Spec I
Learn how to construct a story and write a script outline for an existing half-hour series in this introductory TV writing course.
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.
Winter 2021 Schedule
These courses are fully online and have no regular meeting times.
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
This course is taught asynchronously and fully online using Canvas. Sessions run weekly and there are no requirements to attend live, virtual meetings.
These courses have regular meeting times and are fully online, via remote instruction. Click “See Details” below for more information.
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.