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. 

Spring 2020 Schedule

Available Format(s):

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

Available
-
This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Andrew Osborne
373073
Fee:
$695.00
1 day left. Enroll by Apr 1, 2020
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Notes
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 15, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

These courses meet regularly and are fully online. Click “See Details” below for more information.

Available
-
Wednesday 7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Location: Online
Instructor: Teri Brown-Jackson
373072
Fee:
$665.00
1 day left. Enroll by Apr 1, 2020
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Please note: Due to adjustments made to the Spring quarter, this course is now scheduled to be delivered in a synchronous online format. Classes will be delivered weekly in an online forum at the scheduled time assigned to the course. Further adjustments may be made by the instructor in order to best serve the course material. Please check Canvas regularly for updates.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 15, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Lecture
Wed Apr 1, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed Apr 8, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed Apr 15, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed Apr 22, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed Apr 29, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed May 6, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed May 13, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed May 20, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed May 27, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed Jun 3, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online

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