Half-Hour TV I

SCRIPT X 421.1

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

READ MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE
Fall
Winter
Spring
Summer
Remote Instruction
Online
Starting at $695.00
As few as 10 weeks
3.0

What you can learn.

  • Learn half-hour TV script story structure
  • Identify a show's unique spin and tone
  • Write in the voice of familiar characters
  • Craft your own episode story and outline

About this course:

This course teaches you how to create an airtight story and outline--the critical first step in writing a strong half-hour comedy spec script and a process that makes writing your script much easier, faster, and more successful. You begin by learning how to pinpoint what makes any half-hour comedy show tick, studying the appeal and quirkiness of the main characters, and identifying the unique spin shows put on their stories. You then focus on your own script for a current show, finding the story and identifying the comedy in it, learning how to pitch it, and creating a workable outline from which to write. Instruction also covers the "need to know" business aspects of the half-hour show, such as the current use of spec scripts to get jobs and the basics of how a comedy writer works on staff, how freelance writers move onto staff, how a writing staff is structured, and how writers work collaboratively "in the room." All student projects must focus on current shows from a list provided by the instructor; no pilots. 

Summer 2021 Schedule

Available Format(s):

Course content is delivered through an online learning platform where you can engage with your instructor and classmates. There are no required live meetings, but assignments are due regularly.

Wait List
-
This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Andrew Osborne
381264
Fee:
$695.00
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This course is conducted through Canvas, a secure website that allows students to log in to access lectures, discussions, and other course materials on demand. There are no required class meetings. Each course is structured with weekly assignments and deadlines. Lectures and coursework are accessible throughout the week. Workshops are conducted in writing via discussion boards with your instructor and classmates.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 14, 2021
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Available
-
This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Jim Staahl
383219
Fee:
$695.00
21 days left. Enroll by Jul 7, 2021
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This course is conducted through Canvas, a secure website that allows students to log in to access lectures, discussions, and other course materials on demand. There are no required class meetings. Each course is structured with weekly assignments and deadlines. Lectures and coursework are accessible throughout the week. Workshops are conducted in writing via discussion boards with your instructor and classmates.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 21, 2021
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

Remote instruction courses are taught online in real-time with regularly scheduled class meetings held via Zoom. Course materials can be accessed any time through an online learning platform.

Wait List
-
Tuesday 7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Location: Online
Instructor: Phil Kellard
381263
Fee:
$695.00
See Details
Notes

No meeting July 3, 2021.

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student's final grade may include scores for participation.

Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 20, 2021
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Tue Jul 6, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Tue Jul 13, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Tue Jul 20, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Tue Jul 27, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Tue Aug 3, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Tue Aug 10, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Tue Aug 17, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Tue Aug 24, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Tue Aug 31, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Tue Sep 7, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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