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Writing the Drama Pilot in Six Weeks

At a Glance

  • Online instructor-led course on writing a pilot for a drama series
  • Teach students the steps to follow to crank out a strong pilot script for dramatic TV
  • Take this workshop to write a complete script for a drama pilot and recieve feedback on it from an industry professional

Television pilot writing was once a carefully guarded inner sanctum limited almost exclusively to showbiz insiders. With the recent explosion of successful cable dramas and Internet viewing, it’s now possible for writers without a strong track record or network connections to get producers and executives to read and sometimes even buy their pilot scripts. If you sell a pilot, you’ve reached the pinnacle of TV writing success. It’s extremely satisfying to see your brainchild come to life on the screen, and it can lead to an extremely lucrative career in writing, production, or “show-running.”

In this workshop, you will learn the tools professional screenwriters use to finish high-quality scripts under deadlines. By the end of this workshop, you will have completed a script for your drama pilot.

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 screenwriter. 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 course you will learn:

  • The steps to follow to crank out a strong pilot script for dramatic TV
  • The structure and pacing of a strong drama pilot
  • Tools writers use to write consistent, high-quality scripts
  • How to amp up the stakes for your protagonist(s)
  • How to write strong, satisfying resolutions

Course Outline

Session One: Intro to the Pilot

  • What makes a great pilot script?
  • Your pilot’s logline
  • Character lists
  • First act outline

Session Two: TV Acts

  • Act list
  • A pilot’s middle acts
  • Setting up your calendar
  • Dramatic structure

Session Three: The Final Act

  • What is a resolution act?
  • False victories
  • Satisfying ‘unhappy’ endings
  • Foreshadowing

Session Four: The Writing Process

  • How to crank out good scripts
  • Hooking viewers
  • Keeping your script lean
  • Writing good narrative

Session Five: The Middle Acts

  • “Generative” mode versus “Editing” mode
  • Pacing
  • How to ‘earn’ feelings
  • Soft resolutions

Session Six: Polishing the Final Act

  • The dual purpose of ending acts
  • Episodic final acts
  • Writing natural resolutions
  • The right type of surprise for dramatic TV

Product Details

  • Publication date: 03/20/2014
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

Return Policy

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.

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