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.

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Fall
Winter
Spring
Summer
Remote
Online
In-Person
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. 

Winter 2022 Schedule

Date & Time
Details
Format
 
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Wednesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM PT
Enrollment Closed
See Details
Instructor: Andrew Osborne
384229
Fee:
$695.00
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Location: Online
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 January 26, 2022
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Wed Jan 12, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Jan 19, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Jan 26, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Feb 2, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Feb 9, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Feb 16, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Feb 23, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Mar 2, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Mar 9, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Mar 16, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
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Tuesday 6:00PM - 9:00PM PT
Enrollment Closed
See Details
Instructor: Barry Vigon
384226
Fee:
$695.00
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Location: Remote Classroom
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This course is held via video teleconference. Instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at the course meeting time 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 January 25, 2022
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach To Television Scripts by Ellen Sandler
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Tue Jan 11, 2022
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue Jan 18, 2022
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue Jan 25, 2022
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue Feb 1, 2022
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue Feb 8, 2022
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue Feb 15, 2022
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue Feb 22, 2022
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue Mar 1, 2022
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue Mar 8, 2022
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue Mar 15, 2022
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
-
Wednesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM PT
Enrollment Closed
See Details
Instructor: Adam Armus
384228
Fee:
$695.00
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Location: Remote Classroom
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This course is held via video teleconference. Instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at the course meeting time 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 January 26, 2022
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Wed Jan 12, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Jan 19, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Jan 26, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Feb 2, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Feb 9, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Feb 16, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Feb 23, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Mar 2, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Mar 9, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Mar 16, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom

Spring 2022 Schedule

Date & Time
Details
Format
 
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This section has no set meeting times.
Future Offering (Opens January 31, 2022 12:00:00 AM)
See Details
Instructor: Jim Staahl
385697
Fee:
$695.00
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Notes

No meeting Jun. 1 - Jun. 7.

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 April 20, 2022
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
-
Tuesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM PT
Future Offering (Opens January 31, 2022 12:00:00 AM)
See Details
385696
Fee:
$695.00
Remoteformat icon
Location: Remote Classroom
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This course is held via video teleconference. Instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at the course meeting time 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 April 19, 2022
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Tue Apr 5, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue Apr 12, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue Apr 19, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue Apr 26, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue May 3, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue May 10, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue May 17, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue May 24, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue May 31, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue Jun 7, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
-
Wednesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM PT
Future Offering (Opens January 31, 2022 12:00:00 AM)
See Details
Instructor: Eric Abrams
385694
Fee:
$695.00
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Location: UCLA
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This course meets in person at the designated class meeting time and location. Students must be present at the course meeting time 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 April 20, 2022
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Wed Apr 6, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Royce Hall 152
Discussion
Wed Apr 13, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Royce Hall 152
Discussion
Wed Apr 20, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Royce Hall 152
Discussion
Wed Apr 27, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Royce Hall 152
Discussion
Wed May 4, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Royce Hall 152
Discussion
Wed May 11, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Royce Hall 152
Discussion
Wed May 18, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Royce Hall 152
Discussion
Wed May 25, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Royce Hall 152
Discussion
Wed Jun 1, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Royce Hall 152
Discussion
Wed Jun 8, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Royce Hall 152

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