Beginning Writing for the One-Hour Spec I

FILM TV X 430.4
Learn how to construct a story and write a script outline for an existing 1-hour series in this introductory TV writing course.
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Classroom
Online
Starting at $575.00
As few as 9 weeks
3.0 Credits

What you can learn.

  • Learn 1-hour TV script story structure
  • Identify tone, characters, dialogue, and themes
  • Understand 1-hour TV genre standards
  • Master story outline skills
  • Prepare to write a 1-hour spec script

About this course:

Modeled directly on how writers write in the real world of one-hour dramas, this course focuses on what is most central to creating a strong script as well as the largest piece (40%) of the writer's deal with any show: the story and outline. You learn to choose the best story for your spec script, map it out from beginning to end, and write a strong outline in proper script format. In the process, you learn how to identify and capture the tone, characters, dialogue, and themes of any one-hour drama series--the key to breaking into the field. Also covered are the various genres (police procedurals, medical, legal) and their specific rules; what's popular in the current marketplace; and how to work within the special requirements of timeslots, outlets, and styles. The course goal is to master the process of constructing an airtight story and detailed outline so you are ready to write a script for any current show as quickly and expertly as possible. All student projects must focus on current shows; no pilots. This course counts toward the four-course Writer's Fellowship Prep Specialization.

Winter 2019 Schedule

These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.

Available
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Saturday 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Laurence Walsh-Hodson
365533
Fee:
$575.00
Still accepting enrollments
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Notes

No meeting January 19.

Enrollment limited to 20 students. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 17, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Sat Jan 12, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2319
Discussion
Sat Jan 26, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2319
Discussion
Sat Feb 2, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2319
Discussion
Sat Feb 9, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2319
Discussion
Sat Feb 16, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2319
Discussion
Sat Feb 23, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2319
Discussion
Sat Mar 2, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2319
Discussion
Sat Mar 9, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2319
Discussion
Sat Mar 16, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2319
Discussion
Sat Mar 23, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2319

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

Future Offering (Opens 04 Feb 2019 12:00:00 AM)
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Instructor: Danny Tolli
366784
Fee:
$695.00
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 8, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.

Future Offering (Opens 04 Feb 2019 12:00:00 AM)
-
Saturday 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Laurence Walsh-Hodson
366781
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
Notes

No meeting May 25.

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 11, 2019
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Sat Apr 6, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Sat Apr 13, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Sat Apr 20, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Sat Apr 27, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Sat May 4, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Sat May 11, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Sat May 18, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Sat Jun 1, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Sat Jun 8, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Sat Jun 15, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333

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