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 $665.00
As few as 10 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.

Summer 2019 Schedule

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

Available
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Instructor: Gisselle Legere
368368
Fee:
$695.00
37 days left. Enroll by Jun 26, 2019
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 1, 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.

Available
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Thursday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Greg Elliot
368367
Fee:
$665.00
38 days left. Enroll by Jun 27, 2019
See Details
Notes

No meeting July 4, 2019.

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 2, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retreive course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Thu Jun 27, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Thu Jul 11, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Thu Jul 18, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Thu Jul 25, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Thu Aug 1, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Thu Aug 8, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Thu Aug 15, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Thu Aug 22, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Thu Aug 29, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Thu Sep 5, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284

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