One-Hour TV 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
Hybrid
Live Online
Online
In Person
Starting at $720.00
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 script of an existing series, 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 2024 Schedule

Date & Time
Details
Format
 
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Saturday 10:00AM - 1:00PM PT
Enrollment Closed
See Details
Instructor: Carol Barbee
396606
Fee:
$720.00
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Location: Remote Classroom , UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
Notes

No meeting May 25.

Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.

This a hybrid (In-Person) format course which combines in-person instruction with semi-regular, required live meetings held on Zoom. Please see the course syllabus for specifics. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation. 

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 20, 2024
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Book: THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Sat Apr 6, 2024
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center 210
Discussion
Sat Apr 13, 2024
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center 210
Discussion
Sat Apr 20, 2024
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Sat Apr 27, 2024
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Sat May 4, 2024
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center 210
Discussion
Sat May 11, 2024
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center 210
Discussion
Sat May 18, 2024
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center 210
Discussion
Sat Jun 1, 2024
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center 210
Discussion
Sat Jun 8, 2024
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Sat Jun 15, 2024
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
-
Wednesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM PT
Available
See Details
Instructor: Jesse Harris
396609
Fee:
$720.00
Live Onlineformat icon
Location: Remote Classroom
Still accepting enrollments
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.

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 24, 2024
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
(Optional) SCREENPLAY REV & UPD by FIELD, SYD
INSIDE THE ROOM : WRITING TELEVISION WITH THE PROS AT UCLA EXTENSION WRITERS' PROGRAM by VENIS, LINDA
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Online
Wed Apr 10, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Online
Wed Apr 17, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Online
Wed Apr 24, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Online
Wed May 1, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Online
Wed May 8, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Online
Wed May 15, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Online
Wed May 22, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Online
Wed May 29, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Online
Wed Jun 5, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Online
Wed Jun 12, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
-
This section has no set meeting times.
Available
See Details
Instructor: Erica Byrne
396610
Fee:
$720.00
Onlineformat icon
Still accepting enrollments
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.

This online 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 24, 2024
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

Summer 2024 Schedule

Date & Time
Details
Format
 
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Monday 7:00PM - 10:00PM PT
Future Offering (Opens April 29, 2024 12:00:00 AM)
See Details
Instructor: Mollie St. John
397892
Fee:
$720.00
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Location: UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
Notes

No meeting September 2, 2024.

Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.

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 July 15, 2024
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Mon Jul 1, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center
Discussion
Mon Jul 8, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center
Discussion
Mon Jul 15, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center
Discussion
Mon Jul 22, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center
Discussion
Mon Jul 29, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center
Discussion
Mon Aug 5, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center
Discussion
Mon Aug 12, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center
Discussion
Mon Aug 19, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center
Discussion
Mon Aug 26, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center
Discussion
Mon Sep 9, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center
-
This section has no set meeting times.
Future Offering (Opens April 29, 2024 12:00:00 AM)
See Details
Instructor: Erica Byrne
397893
Fee:
$720.00
Onlineformat icon
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.

This online 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 24, 2024
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

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