One-Hour TV Spec Script Writing in a Month: Part 1
One-hour network and cable dramas have never been better, and the key to creating a strong hour-long spec script--regardless of the genre or outlet—is an airtight story and outline. In this intensive workshop, you…
What you can learn.
- Follow the process used in writers’ rooms to develop an original spec script for an existing series
- Learn to develop an airtight story and outline with five to six acts appropriate for one-hour episodes
- Develop three story documents, including an outline you can turn into a script draft
- Identify how to employ the tools of storytelling to meet the demands of writing for television
About this course:
One-hour network and cable dramas have never been better, and the key to creating a strong hour-long spec script--regardless of the genre or outlet—is an airtight story and outline. In this intensive workshop, you learn how to turn the classic three-act story structure (beginning-middle-end) into a five or six act show, and more specifically how to use the tools of storytelling in a way that meets the demands of an existing one-hour television show. You make use of the time, effort, and creative resources involved in writing an hour-long episode of television, up to the point of completion of the outline and just prior to writing an actual script. In short, the hard part. By the end of the course, students will have written three complete story documents, a blended story document, and a complete outline that will allow them to easily construct an episode of television. This is modeled on the process used in countless writers’ rooms. All student projects must focus on current one-hour shows; no pilots.
Spring 2019 Schedule
These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Advanced enrollment required; no admittance at the door. Materials required.