With the so-called Golden Age of American TV showing no signs of abating, there’s never been a better time to get into writing for television. The explosion of channels means a constant flow of great scripts and content is needed, and TV showrunners are the bona fide rock stars of the medium.
Suited to writers returning to TV writing and brand new to it, our Write the Great American TV Script equips participants with all the skills, tools and knowledge to deliver world-class teleplays for the US market. So whether you want to create the next Breaking Bad, the next Mad Men or the next 30 Rock, our course delivers the foundation blocks you need.
While learning how to write a TV script, we’ll aim to systematically build your TV screenwriting knowledge and skill set, as well as your industry knowledge and understanding of how the TV arena works. Our course delivers the information and exercises required to enrich the teleplays of complete beginners and intermediate screenwriters who are looking to take their work to a professional standard.
The course is split into 6 modules, spread over 32 lessons. It is designed to put an early emphasis on selecting strong concepts for your television screenplay, before looking at major structural and character topics, and then drilling down to on-the-page script execution. Finally, it looks to explain more about the industry you are trying to break into and how to get your work noticed above all others.
A) WRITING FOR TELEVISION
1. The Basics of Television Writing – The Pilot and The Series Arc, Formatting
2. What is Story? Definition and Crucial Components
3. Stage of Screenwriting – Loglines, Index cards, Synopses, Treatment and Script
4. Ideas – Generating, Judging and Testing
B) WHAT DOES THE TV LANDSCAPE LOOK LIKE IN 2015?
5. Genre – How it Works in Television, Defining Drama and Comedy
6. Plot Types
7. Platforms – Network, Cable, VOD, The Internet – how the platform affects content and expectations.
8. The (Anti) Hero’s Journey – Why Bad Means Good, The Character Arc
9. Case Study: BREAKING BAD
10. The Multi-Protagonist Drama
11. Case Study: GAME OF THRONES
12. Character Development in Network Drama
E) BUILDING YOUR NARRATIVE
17. Conflict – The Building Blocks of Drama
18. Shots, Scenes, Sequences & Building to the Commercial Break
20. Characterisation through Action, Dialogue & Description
F) WRITING YOUR SHOW
21. Planning your Teleplay
22. Screenwriting Devices– Information Arrangement, ‘Setting the Table’, Repetition, Playing with Time
23. Dialogue – Functions, Subtext, Differences between Platforms
24. Description – Major Tips and Mistakes to Avoid
25. Pace & Writing Visually
26. Learning from Success (Case Study: THE WIRE)
27. Learning from Mistakes (Case Study: TERRA NOVA)
G) THE BUSINESS OF TELEVISION WRITING
28. The Marketplace
29. The TV Writer: From Room Assistant to Showrunner
30. Getting Noticed
31. Contracts and Pay
32. Showrunner Case Studies
We can take you from your initial concept to a completed TV script if you follow the lessons closely, complete the exercises, and develop your script alongside your learning.
You can choose to study the entire course before working on a project, or you can incrementally use the lessons to help write your teleplay – whichever works best for you!
Focusing on both the writing process, and the industry writers find work in, our How to Write a TV Script course aims to heavily de-mystify the process by which people become professional TV writers, and help new writers navigate the sometimes precarious early years of starting out in the business.
Participants are likely to leave with: an improved ability to identify a good idea; a thorough understanding of what producers are looking for; an appreciation of the importance of genre; knowledge of the fees paid to TV writers and typical industry contracts; as well as a host of other information relating to the world of TV writing.
***4 Cast-Iron Reasons to train with us…***
- Our courses and services have received a 98% positive rating – we like to think these customer reviews say it all.
- Many courses are designed by people with limited industry credentials, often on the periphery of the business. Ours, are not.
- This is one of the very few online courses devised by a current, industry-trusted script editor presently analysing scripts for the top companies.
- Finally – it’s a harsh truth for many graduates but the industry pays little attention to BA and MA degree courses in screenwriting. You can spend 3 years of your life and thousands of pounds on something that will not carry any weight with anyone. It is far smarter and kinder on your wallet to take an online screenwriting course, absorb screenwriting theory, read tons of scripts, and WRITE very, very hard. The quality of your writing IS your CV…