Beginning Writing for the Half-Hour Spec II
Go from outline to the first draft script of a half-hour series, mirroring the professional TV writer's room environment.
What you can learn.
- Refine a script story idea
- Write the first script draft
- Master the three-act comedy structure
- Map career building strategies
About this course:This workshop guides you to write a solid draft spec script from your half-hour comedy outline and move as far ahead as you can in polishing it. You begin by reworking your outline to simplify your story, nail down the essence of your characters, focus and tighten scenes, create mood and pacing, and punch up dialogue from the blueprint you've created. You then move to the writing and polishing stage. On the business side, you deepen your knowledge of the current comedy series marketplace and map out basic career building strategies. Students must bring a complete outline to the first class. All student projects must focus on current shows; no pilots.
Summer 2020 Schedule
These courses are fully online and have no regular meeting times.
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.