Writing On Assignment


Practice writing pitches, treatments, and scripts based on vague executive ideas in this practical workshop for aspiring professional screenwriters.


What you can learn.

  • Learn to apply your skills to the vision of a studio or executive to win the gig
  • Practice by going through real-life scenarios and simulations prompting your new projects

  • Understand what an executive is looking for based on the cues you receive
  • Adapt to shifting priorities, difficult notes, and other professional curve balls

About this course:

As you build your career, you find that more often than spec sales of your own concepts, the lifeblood of a Hollywood writer is paid writing assignments. Throughout this process, it is likely you will get asked to come up with pitches, treatments, and scripts based on extremely vague concepts that an executive at the studio or production company will give you. It will be your job to decipher what they’re looking for while also inserting your own writing DNA and impress with the results. In this course you are faced with real life scenarios, are thrown notes you barely make sense of—curveballs in the dirt—and learn how to deliver the goods. By the end of the course, you are able to craft a compelling story and pitch that satisfies an executive’s needs.

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

This course applies towards the following certificates & specializations…

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