This is a 5-week program designed to help you write a high quality TV pilot. In 5-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 5-week course have gone on to sell pilots, get staffed on TV shows and get into several of the prestigious writing programs. 28 of my writers have sold pilots… and 4 of them have gone to series.
The class takes place on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. PST. 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 5 writers participating at Level #3. 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.
At Level 1, you get to participate in all 5 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 pilot script. You will receive written feedback. You have up to a year after the course is finished to turn this in.
WEEK 1, Tuesday, April 14, 2015
We will go over the notes for the concepts for the pilot scripts for Level #3.
STACY’S CREDITS – (CO-EP – TWISTED, THE LYING GAME)
CLARK’S CREDITS (PRODUCER – KAHLIL GIBRAN’S THE PROPHET, MONSTER, RAMPART)
WEEK 2, Tuesday April 21, 2015
We will go over the notes for the outlines for the pilot scripts for Level #3.
GUEST SPEAKER – NICHELLE TRAMBLE
(SUPERVISING PRODUCER- THE GOOD WIFE)
Nichelle will listen go 5 pitches and give critiques.
WEEK 3, Tuesday April 28, 2015
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.
GUEST SPEAKER – LEE JESSUP
AUTHOR – “GETTING IT WRITE: A SCREENWRITING CAREER”
WEEK 4, Tuesday May 5, 2015
We will go over the notes for the second draft or full-first draft of the TV pilot scripts for Level #3.
GUEST SPEAKER – MICHAEL NARDUCCI
(CO-EP – THE ORIGINALS, VAMPIRE DIARIES)
WEEK 5, Tuesday May 12, 2015
We will go over the notes for the third draft of the TV pilot scripts for Level #3.