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Beginning Television Writing

At a Glance

  • 4-week online course on TV writing
  • Learn how to develop and write a spec script
  • Conducted in the same way as an actual writers room

Mad Men. Modern Family. The Good Wife.

Some of the best storytelling in Hollywood is happening on the small screen, and a TV script is the current must-have spec for any aspiring writer. 

Find out how you can dive into the world of working in episodic TV through the Beginning Television Writing course from The Writers Store. 

Established executive producer and showrunner William Rabkin will guide you through the the process of successfully writing a spec episodic script that will open doors across Hollywood. 

The course is conducted like an actual TV writers room, with Rabkin acting as the showrunner. Over the 4-week course period, you’ll learn how to analyze a TV show and brainstorm “franchise”-friendly story ideas. Next up is developing and writing a story and then, after incorporating Rabkin’s notes, you’ll be sent off to write your outline. 

Finally, you’ll develop and refine your outline, leaving you ready to write your episodic spec script…the first step in getting a job on a TV series.

Here’s a general breakdown of subjects covered in this course:

Week 1: Learning How To Sell a TV Story

  • What is a TV series?
  • How to identify the "franchise"
  • What is a TV story?
  • The 4-Act sctructure and servicing the franchise

Week 2: TV Story Basics

  • Developing your premise
  • What stories not to write
  • The importance of conflict
  • The one-pager

Week 3: Writing the Rough Beat Sheet

  • Breaking the story - figuring out which scenes will make up the episode

Week 4: Rewriting and Refining the Outline & Going to Script

  • Writing the beat sheet
  • Feedback on beat sheets

Required Materials:

Successful Television Writing

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Meet the Author: William Rabkin

Veteran TV writer/showrunner has written and/or produced more than 300 hours of dramatic television. He is a professor of television and screenwriting and producing at the University of California, Riverside-Palm Desert and Long Island University Brooklyn, and has recently worked on superhero series and movies in China. He is currently creating and writing a TV series for a major Chinese movie star in Beijing.

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