THE STORY GOES ON--Writing for Television & the Web 

How do you get a job writing for television? Do certain writers write for particular characters? How do you work with a partner? What is a show runner looking for when you walk into a pitch meeting? How do you submit to get invited to the pitch meeting in the first place? Join Emmy Award winning writer Jill Lorie Hurst (Guiding Light, Venice the Series, Law and Order) for this informative 9 week class. Through discussion, script analysis from various projects and writing exercises students will improve their skills while receiving valuable feedback from an expert. At the end of this class you will have all the information you need to begin submitting your work to major networks for daytime and primetime shows.  If you want to learn about serial storytelling for television and the web, and develop your voice as a storyteller and dialogue writer then this workshop is for you.

Topics will include:

  •  the differences between script and breakdown writer
  • collaboration,
  • creating characters and developing a TV family,
  • 2 person scenes,  
  • telling the approved story (and what happens when you don’t),
  • the actor/writer relationship in television,  
  • pitching a story, when and how you join the union and get an agent
  • the importance of a park bench in storytelling.
  • What formats major networks are looking for 
  • Who takes open submissions and what types of stories are they looking for

PREREQUISITE: None-- Adults 18+

When: Tuesday April 4, 2017  11:00am - 1:00pm
Duration: 9 Weeks
Cost: $270.00
Instructor: Jill Lorie Hurst


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Duration: 8 Weeks
Cost: $295.00


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