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.

READ MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE
Fall
Winter
Spring
Summer
Remote Instruction
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 have no regular meeting times.

Wait List
-
This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Joan Weiss
373084
Fee:
$695.00
See Details
Notes
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 15, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

These courses meet regularly and are fully online. Click “See Details” below for more information.

Wait List
-
Monday 7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Location: Online
Instructor: Donald Martin
373074
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
Notes

No meeting May 25.

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Please note: Due to adjustments made to the Spring quarter, this course is now scheduled to be delivered in a synchronous online format. Classes will be delivered weekly in an online forum at the scheduled time assigned to the course. Further adjustments may be made by the instructor in order to best serve the course material. Please check Canvas regularly for updates.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 13, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Lecture
Mon Mar 30, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Mon Apr 6, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Mon Apr 13, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Mon Apr 20, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Mon Apr 27, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Mon May 4, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Mon May 11, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Mon May 18, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Mon Jun 1, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Mon Jun 8, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Available
-
Saturday 10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Location: Online
Instructor: Zac Hug
375045
Fee:
$665.00
4 days left. Enroll by Apr 4, 2020
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Please note: Due to adjustments made to the Spring quarter, this course is now scheduled to be delivered in a synchronous online format. Classes will be delivered weekly in an online forum at the scheduled time assigned to the course. Further adjustments may be made by the instructor in order to best serve the course material. Please check Canvas regularly for updates.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 18, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Lecture
Sat Apr 4, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Sat Apr 11, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Sat Apr 18, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Sat Apr 25, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Sat May 2, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Sat May 9, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Sat May 16, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Sat May 23, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Sat May 30, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Sat Jun 6, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online

Contact Us

Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

This course applies towards the following certificates & specializations…

Keep up to date on the latest news and offerings in Screenwriting

vector icon of building

Corporate Education

Learn how we can help your organization meet its professional development goals and corporate training needs.

Learn More

vector icon of building

Donate to UCLA Extension

Support our many efforts to reach communities in need.

Innovation Programs

Student Scholarships

Coding Boot Camp

Lifelong Learning