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You dream of writing a killer pilot that launches you a staff job on Game Of Thrones. Or maybe you want to turn your life story into an Emmy award-winning HBO series. If so, veteran screenwriter and TV writer Mike Ellis can help. He’s written for all the big boys, ABC, CBS and The CW and has sold pitches to DreamWorks, Working Title, Revolution Studios,...

$495
W.   May 20th, 7:30pm
All levels
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Learn how to build a professional portfolio that will land you the most lucrative assignments.If you like to read and have a flair for writing, you can supplement your income as a freelance reader. Film studios and producers need to have hundreds of scripts and books read each day - and freelance readers are paid to do it. Find out where the jobs are...

$43
Su.   May 3rd, 9am
All levels
(38)
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The skills of creative writing are taught and explored, as well as methods to put aside the critical mind. Experienced and beginning writers are welcome, and this includes people for whom English is not their first language.Scrutinizing character and event, or soaring high above our lives to see patterns unseen from the ground, we find ourselves in...

$160
M.   May 4th, 7pm
All levels
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Monday May 4 7pm - 10pm 4 Sessions $160
Wednesday May 20 10:30am - 1:30pm 4 Sessions $160
Thursday May 21 7pm - 10pm 4 Sessions $160
Monday June 1 7pm - 10pm 4 Sessions $160
Wednesday June 17 10:30am - 1:30pm 4 Sessions $160
Thursday June 18 7pm - 10pm 4 Sessions $160
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You have all the elements of a great TV Drama: A great premise, clear characters, an engaging world, and a solid outline. Unfortunately, the thought actually of writing fills you with dread every time you stare down at the blank screen. No problem! Lauren Gussis (Dexter) will take through the paces, honing your beat sheets, introducing your characters...

$615
Th.   Jun 18th, 8pm
All levels
(4)

Finally the phone is ringing. It’s some fast-talking agent from ICM who wants to rep you because of that killer 1 hour drama or spec script you wrote. How did you get there? You took a rewrite class with Lit Manager (Chad Snopek), that’s how. In this 7 week class, Chad will help you whip your script into shape. Through analyzing a professional...

$695
M.   Jun 22nd, 7:30pm
All levels
(4)

You’ve always dreamed of finding the time to write on a regular basis or to finish a screenplay, a novel, a collection ofpoems, or a story. You can do it, and this class will help you! Writer of a thousand talents, Julieanne Smolinski will help you explore a smorgasbord of literary genres and discover what floats your boat. Through all new fun in-class...

$295
Sa.   Jun 20th, 11am
All levels
(4)

Learn to write a standard 5-paragraph essay, the ins-and-outs of research, how to structure arguments and comparisons, outline and much more! Homework assignments will be given. Students are welcome to bring their school books and claroom questions.

$58
Sa.   Jun 20th, 1:30pm
All levels
(38)

In this course students will learn basic late night comedy writing including monologue, desk pieces and remotes, with the goal of becoming technically proficient, confident and comfortable submitting material to various late night television programs. All with the emphasis of finding your unique voice as a comedy writer!TESTIMONIALS"Not only is Gabe...

$295
M.   May 11th, 7pm
All levels
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Monday May 11 7pm - 9pm 5 Sessions $295
Wednesday August 19 10am - 1pm 1 Session $49
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In the peaceful atmosphere of the Saturday workshop, and with the help of meditations that quiet the critical mind, writing becomes possible, cathartic, transformational. You can write memoir or fiction. Each workshop is focused around an inspirational theme or myth. You’ll write three times for about one hour each time, and receive constructive,...

$150
Sa.   May 16th, 9:30am
All levels
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Saturday May 16 9:30am - 6:30pm 1 Session $150
Saturday May 23 9:30am - 6:30pm 1 Session $150
Saturday June 13 9:30am - 6:30pm 1 Session $150
Saturday July 11 9:30am - 6:30pm 1 Session $150
Saturday July 25 9:30am - 6:30pm 1 Session $150
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Have you always wanted to write a personal essay but you don’t know where to start? Published journalist, Natasha Vargas-Cooper, will help you transform your bad blind dates and visits from unruly parents into insightful, compelling revelations. She’ll show you how to make your essay relatable and tantalizing to readers and editors. You’ll learn...

$90
M.   May 11th, 7pm
All levels
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Monday May 11 7pm - 10:30pm 1 Session $90
Sunday June 7 6pm - 9pm 4 Sessions $395
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Break story on your half-hour or one-hour pilot  and make decisions about your new series in this intensive from Pilar Alessandra.In this class you will:Identify the tone and scope of your series.Break story on your original pilot.Make decisions about structure.Define your characters and prospective relationships.Explore...

$175
Su.   May 3rd, 10am
All levels
(1)

Is it your dream to write the great American novel? Finishing a book is a tough thing to do even for the seasoned professional. In this class, successful novelist Lauren Strasnick will help you nudge your book to the finish line! She’ll also teach you techniques for creating a thrilling story arc, irresistible dialogue, characters and conflict....

$395
Sa.   May 16th, 11am
All levels
(4)
Saturday May 16 11am - 2pm 5 Sessions $395
Saturday September 19 11am - 2pm 5 Sessions $395
Saturday October 24 11am - 2pm 5 Sessions $395
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In this class, you'll learn what makes the news, how to identify the right reporter, how to craft your story and insider tips on how to pitch it to reporters, bloggers and television show producers to secure stories in newspapers, e-newsletters, blogs and even television.“Contrary to common belief, the most effective way to build a brand is not by...

$45
Th.   Jun 4th, 7pm
All levels
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Learn how to get a book or writing published, using copyright and trademark law, e-publishing and electronic commerce. With new services promising to help writers self-publish or distribute their e-books even better than before, it’s imperative that writers educate themselves about how these services typically operate.

$65
Th.   Apr 30th, 6:30pm
All levels
(38)
Thursday April 30 6:30pm - 9:30pm 1 Session $65
Thursday July 9 6:30pm - 9:30pm 1 Session $65
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Find out what it takes to create an effective and productive writers group that stays together. Learn what to look for in potential new members, how to find people to join your group and how to effectively lead your own writers group.

$75
Sa.   May 23rd, 9am
All levels
(1)

Learn to write a script quickly, well and at a professional level, ready to be marketed as quickly as possible. This is the most direct method of writing/creating/selling a script you'll find anywhere, and you don't have to buy software or a book.

$40
Su.   May 24th, 9am
All levels
(38)

Do you have a great idea for HBO’s next hit series? Let successful TV writer Lauren Gussis (“Dexter”) help you transform your brilliant premise into a page-turning script! You’ll sample the different genres of TV dramas, plan a season arc that keeps the audience hooked, and break your pilot story just like they do in the writer’s room. Lauren...

$495
Sa.   May 30th, 2:30pm
All levels
(4)

You know your story. It's about you, after all. But how do you make your tale so engaging that it pulls the reader in page after page? In this five week class, successful memoirist Monica Holloway takes you behind the scenes, exploring techniques for making the truth more compelling than fiction. Though in-class lectures, writing exercises, and targeted...

$395
Su.   May 31st, 2:30pm
All levels
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Sunday May 31 2:30pm - 5:30pm 4 Sessions $395
Sunday September 20 6pm - 9pm 5 Sessions $395
Sunday October 25 6pm - 9pm 5 Sessions $395
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Have trouble telling the difference between a "preposition" and a "split infinitive?" This class will assist and help students improve on their writing, comprehension, grammar and vocabulary skills. This class will also concentrate on specific problem areas students through intensive classroom assignments and homework.

$75
F.   Jun 19th, 6:30pm
All levels
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Friday June 19 6:30pm - 9pm 3 Sessions $75
Friday August 7 6:30pm - 9pm 3 Sessions $75
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Got a cell phone, a laptop, and the desire to create the next Broad City? Then this is the class for you! Successful actor and writer, Lou Perez will show you how to develop the next breakout web series. Through fun, in-class writing prompts, you’ll tease out a killer idea and brainstorm the perfect first episode for your pilot. In addition, Lou...

$92
T.   May 12th, 7:30pm
All levels
(4)
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