Writing Classes

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SUMMER 2017:

Beginning Writing for the 1-Hour Spec Drama: Building the Story and the Outline X430.4

7pm-10pm Wednesdays, July 5 - September 6, 2017, on the UCLA campus.

The aspiring TV writer's "calling card" is a sample script for an existing show, and this course covers the first steps in creating an episodic "spec" for the current one-hour drama of your choice. I whip you guide you through the process of developing your story ideas into synopses, basic “beat sheets,” and full outlines.

Along the way, you'll pitch your ideas in class for notes and feedback… and also form small “writing staffs” to help each other brainstorm and “break” your stories—the same way the pros do it. After ten weeks, you'll have a solid 12 to 15-page story outline that’s all set to be expanded into a spec teleplay. Registration:  NOW OPEN! 


SPRING 2017:

Writing the Original One-Hour Drama Pilot: Intermediate Workshop X430.7

7pm-10pm Thursdays, April 13 - June 15, 2017, in downtown Los Angeles.

Learn how to take your original idea for a one-hour drama pilot and develop a strong "hook," break the story into acts, and create powerful character arcs and voices. Breaking story in the style of a real writers' room, you learn how to develop a compelling story, brainstorm, and support another's vision. By the end of the course, you have strong act breaks, a full beat outline, and a critique of the first 10 pages of your original spec pilot script.

Registration: Closed. We're off and running!


All classes provide notes, feedback, and help on students' works-in-progress in a constructive and supportive workshop setting that mimics the freewheeling creative collaboration of a professional TV writers' room, whiteboards and all.

Questions? Email me:

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