Creating the Viral Web Series
We also offer a live, instructor-led online course.
In recent years, the Internet has created the space for an entirely new storytelling format: the web series. Cheap to make and easily accessible for viewers, a web series can be the perfect way for you to get started as a filmmaker and be noticed for your talent. All you need is the right set of tools and skills.
Although unique in format and distribution, the web series at its core contains the same basic elements that we look for in every type of visual entertainment: memorable characters, satisfying stories, and intriguing conflict. If you can demonstrate your writing talent in a web series, you’ll also be proving your ability to handle larger-scale formats like feature screenplays and television scripts.
By the end of the course, you’ll have your pilot in hand — and a plan for where you want to take your series in subsequent episodes. With skills that are applicable not only to this format but to writing any kind of script — and an understanding of how to keep viewers coming back for more — you’ll be well on your way to writing your own viral web series that will stand out from the crowd! Whether you’re interested in comedy or drama, this course will give you the tools you need to get started writing and producing your very own series from the ground up.
This workshop is offered in two formats. The budget-friendly On Demand option (which is for sale here) gives you the option to work on the same great workshop materials as the Online option, only without instructor feedback. You'll immediately receive our comprehensive course in PDF format, which provides instructions and exercises on specific skills you will need to succeed as a webseries creator. You can purchase the On Demand option here. To get the Online option with instructor feedback and online discussions with other students, please click here.
In this online workshop, you will learn:
- How to create a unique premise with a striking hook
- Ways to develop indelible characters
- How to write powerful dialogue
- The ideal pacing your narrative over multiple episodes
- How to budget your project
- Ways to stand out in the marketplace
Session One: Getting Started — Finding a Concept and Planning a Budget
- Why write a web series?
- What makes web series different from other formats (film, TV, shorts). What are the similarities?
- Conceiving a Premise
- Creating a practical budget
Session Two: Fleshing Out Your Premise — Building Characters and a Series Arc
- Building memorable characters
- Using a shorthand to set up your characters efficiently
- Finding actions that will immediately tell us something about them right on page 1
- Outlining the basic arc of your series — where do you want it to go?
- How do you plan to alter/challenge the world you set up in your pilot?
- Building a solid core conflict you can expand upon in each episode
Session Three: Setting a Scope and Writing Your Pilot
- Decide on a scope: Establish boundaries for the world of your series
- Writing your pilot: Establish the status quo, then quickly find a way to disturb it
- Packing your narrative with conflict and action
- Helping us instantly connect to your protagonist, so that we want to see more of them
Session Four: Strengthening Your Series — Action, Dialogue, and Distribution
- Writing dialogue: finding your unique voice as a writer
- Incorporating action: be visual so that you don’t depend solely on dialogue
- Pacing — finding the right length
- Finding an audience
- Pick a strategy to reach viewers and get noticed
- Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.
Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.
Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.
Please include a completed Return Form with your shipment. Refunds take up to one week to process once we have received the item(s).
Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.
The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.