Writing Classes

Waterman Pen ad 1919TV writing classes I’m teaching for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program:

FALL 2019:

One-Hour TV Spec Script Writing in a Month: Part 1 X421.3N

9am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday, October 12-13 and 9am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday, November 9-10, 2019, at UCLA Extension, 1010 Westwood Blvd., Westwood.

The aspiring TV writer’s “calling card” is a sample script for an existing show, and this two-weekend intensive 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.

We’ll workshop our stories in class for notes and feedback… and also form small “writing staffs” to help each other brainstorm and “break” our episodes—the same way the pros do it. After one month, you’ll have a solid story outline that’s all set to be expanded into a spec teleplay. Registration: Closed. We’re off and running!


One-Hour TV Spec Script Writing in a Month: Part 2 X421.4N

9am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday, November 16-17 and 9am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday, December 14-15, 2019, at UCLA Extension, 1010 Westwood Blvd., Westwood.

Now that you’ve got a strong story outline for your one-hour episodic “spec,” it’s time to take it to teleplay! This two-weekend intensive followup course walks you through the scriptwriting process, turning your basic story beats into visual, dramatic scenes and bringing your characters to life with unique voices and dialog.

We’ll workshop our scenes in class via “table reads”… and also give one another help and feedback via small “writing staffs”—the same way the pros do it. After one month, you’ll have a solid draft of your teleplay. Registration:  NOW OPEN! 


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.

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