Beginning Writing for the One-Hour Spec I

SCRIPT X 421.3

Learn how to construct a story and write a script outline for an existing one-hour series in this introductory TV writing course.

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Fall
Winter
Spring
Summer
Classroom
Online
Starting at $665.00
As few as 10 weeks
3.0

What you can learn.

  • Learn 1-hour TV script story structure, and master story outline skills
  • Identify tone, characters, dialogue, and themes
  • Understand 1-hour TV genre standards
  • 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 percent) 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. 

Spring 2020 Schedule

Available Format(s):

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

Available
-
Instructor: Joan Weiss
373084
Fee:
$695.00
39 days left. Enroll by Apr 1, 2020
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Notes
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 06, 2020
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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Monday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Donald Martin
373074
Fee:
$665.00
37 days left. Enroll by Mar 30, 2020
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Notes

No meeting May 25.

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 04, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Mon Mar 30, 2020
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Mon Apr 6, 2020
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Mon Apr 13, 2020
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Mon Apr 20, 2020
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Mon Apr 27, 2020
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Mon May 4, 2020
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Mon May 11, 2020
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Mon May 18, 2020
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Mon Jun 1, 2020
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Mon Jun 8, 2020
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333

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