2017 STORYWISE TV SPEC & PILOT TELESEMINAR – BEGINS MARCH 7, 2017

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

This is a 10-week program designed to help you write a high quality TV pilot AND spec script. In 10-weeks, I will teach you how to learn to write at a level that will help lead your script to a sale, get staffed on a show, place in a writing competition or get into one of the various writing programs. This course is everything that I teach in Writers on the Verge and more.

Last year we had over 100 writer participants from all over the world. You will not only learn all of the story tools that you need to succeed, you will gain the opportunity to be in a private community of writers. This community is a very valuable resource. You all will have the opportunity to learn from one another via networking, exchanging scripts and possibly starting your own writer groups.

I’ve seen the success from this course first-hand. Many of the writers who have taken this 10-week course have gone on to sell pilots, get staffed on TV shows and get into several of the prestigious writing programs. Forty-One of my writers have sold pilots… and 5 of them have gone to series.

Each class will consist of a half-hour of instruction (you will receive these videos before each class to watch at your leisure.) Each call is approximately 2 – 2 ½ hours in length. On each call, we will go over the notes for the 4 writers participating at Level #3 and I will choose one writer from Level 2 or Level 4 each week to participate. You will have an opportunity to read their scripts and make your own notes each week. You will also get to share your notes with those writers directly. This is what we do in Writers on the Verge. It is a way to prepare you for being in the Writers’ Room. Then, five people that sign up each week will get an opportunity to pitch to a guest speaker. We all learn from hearing others pitch. This part of the program was designed to help you learn from the pitching style of others as well as give you the opportunity to pitch yourself. It’s an invaluable tool. Every level will have an opportunity to sign up for this.

LEVEL 1

At Level 1, you get to participate in all 10 classes. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community. You will also get to turn in a 1-2 page pitch document on your TV spec and TV pilot script. You will receive written feedback. You have up to a year after the course is finished to turn this in.

Regular rate – $375.00

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Rate for writers who have taken this before – $225.00

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LEVEL 2

At Level 2, you get to participate in all 10 classes. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community. This level also includes a one-on-one consult for your TV spec and/or TV Pilot script.

Level 2 w/ TV Pilot Consult

Regular Rate – $1,050.00

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For Alumni of my Storywise Teleseminar – $900.00

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Level 2 w/ TV Spec Consult

Regular Rate – $875.00

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For Alumni of my Storywise Teleseminar – $775.00

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Level 2 w/ TV Pilot and Spec Consult

Regular Rate – $1,600.00

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For Alumni of my Storywise Teleseminar – $1,275.00

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LEVEL 3

At Level 3, you will receive feedback every week on your TV spec and/or TV pilot script. This includes written and verbal feedback. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community.

For the first time, I am going to offer you the option of not writing a TV spec. You can either write one TV pilot during the 10 weeks or you can write 2 TV pilots during the 10 weeks.

There are only 4 SLOTS for this level: two for drama and two for comedy. If you are interested in applying, you will need to submit 10 pages of a script. I will select 4 submissions out of everyone that submits and announce these slots in February. The rate for Level 3 is $3,000.00.

The DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is February 13, 2017.

LEVEL 4

Level 4 is SOLD OUT.

 

ASSIGNMENTS

The Level #3 writing assignments will be due the Saturday before each class. Everyone at each level will receive a copy of the assignments turned in by the Level #3 writers so that they may follow along as well as provide notes directly to the Level#3 writer.

Levels #1 and #2, you will do the assignments on your own. No direct feedback is provided; however, this is where you can use the Facebook community of writers to exchange scripts weekly and get feedback.

GUEST SPEAKERS

 

WEEK 1

Brandon Sonnier and Brandon Margolis (THE BLACKLIST)

WEEK 2

Rick Muirragui (SUITS)

WEEK 3

Dee Harris Lawrence (ZOO, CHICAGO PD, ZERO HOUR, 10-8)

WEEK 4

Dan O’Shannon (MODERN FAMILY, FRASIER, CHEERS, etc.)

WEEK 5

Lee Jessup – Career Consultant For Writers (Comedy or Drama pitches)

WEEK 6

Chitra Sampath (GOOD BEHAVIOR, SECRETS & LIES, SLEEPY HOLLOW, SOUTHLAND)

WEEK 7

Brian Anthony (THE NIGHT SHIFT, CONSTANTINE, IRONSIDE, ARMY WIVES)

WEEK 8

Ali LeRoi (SURVIVOR’S REMORSE, ARE WE THERE YET? EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS)

WEEK 9

Michael Narducci(THE ORIGINALS, VAMPIRE DIARIES, MEDIUM)

WEEK 10

John K Bucher  – Author and Award Winning Writer/Director

Link to John’s article – 5 Story Techniques From Better Call Saul

 

SCHEDULE

Week 1 – Tuesday March 7, 2017

We will go over the notes for the concepts of the spec scripts for Level #3.

Week 2, Tuesday March 14, 2017

We will go over the notes for the outline of the spec scripts for Level #3.

Week 3, Tuesday March 21, 2017

We will go over the notes for the first draft of the spec scripts for Level #3.

WEEK 4, Tuesday, March 28, 2017

We will go over the notes for the second draft of the spec scripts for Level #3.

WEEK 5, Tuesday, April 4, 2017

We will go over the notes for the third draft of the spec scripts for Level #3.

WEEK 6, Tuesday, April 11, 2017

We will go over the notes for the concepts for the pilot scripts for Level #3.

  • EASTER BREAK THE WEEK OF 4/16/17

WEEK 7, Tuesday April 25, 2017

We will go over the notes for the outlines for the pilot scripts for Level #3.

WEEK 8, Tuesday May 2, 2017

We will go over the notes for the first draft or first half of the first draft of the TV pilot scripts for Level #3.

WEEK 9, Tuesday May 9, 2017

We will go over the notes for the second draft or full-first draft of the TV pilot scripts for Level #3.

WEEK 10, Tuesday May 16, 2017

We will go over the notes for the third draft of the TV pilot scripts for Level #3.


2 Comments for this entry

  • Jen Proudman

    Hello, I’m new at TV writing – is this an appropriate class for me> I would like to do Level 1 this year. Also, what time are the weekly calls? Wasn’t sure if level 1 was on them live or we listen to recordings.

    Thanks!

  • Jennifer

    Jen, My sincere apologies for the delayed response. I just saw this email on my website. For all future correspondence, please email me directly at jennifer@jengrisanticonsultancy.com. If you still would like to join my Storywise TV Spec and Pilot Teleseminar, I can give you a discounted rate of $250.00 for Level 1 and send you the recording links for the classes that you missed. You will receive all of the recordings. So, if you miss a class, it is fine. If you are interested in joining, please email me at jennifer@jengrisanticonsultancy.com Bliss, Jen

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