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 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.

Fall 2018 Schedule

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

Wait List
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Instructor: Laurence Walsh-Hodson
363669
Fee:
$695.00
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. No refund after October 2. Internet access required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 2, 2018
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Wait List
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Instructor: Erica Byrne
365120
Fee:
$695.00
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. No refund after October 2. Internet access required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 2, 2018
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

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

Wait List
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Thursday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Greg Elliot
363665
Fee:
$575.00
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Notes

No meeting November 22, 2018.

Enrollment limited to 20 students. No refund after October 1, 2018. Internet access required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 1, 2018
Schedule
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Discussion
Thu Sep 27, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Humanities Bldg. A60
Discussion
Thu Oct 4, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Humanities Bldg. A60
Discussion
Thu Oct 11, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Humanities Bldg. A60
Discussion
Thu Oct 18, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Humanities Bldg. A60
Discussion
Thu Oct 25, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Humanities Bldg. A60
Discussion
Thu Nov 1, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Humanities Bldg. A60
Discussion
Thu Nov 8, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Humanities Bldg. A60
Discussion
Thu Nov 15, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Humanities Bldg. A60
Discussion
Thu Nov 22, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Humanities Bldg. A60
Discussion
Thu Nov 29, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Humanities Bldg. A60
Discussion
Thu Dec 6, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Humanities Bldg. A60

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