Thankfully we have 16 other TV Writing Classes for you to choose from. Check our top choices below or see all classes for more options.
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The best TV shows are addictive, beckoning us to bring the characters into our homes or onto our devices, episode after episode. The people might be cops, thugs, monsters, geeks, doctors, lawyers, fixers, or just ordinary people with everyday problems. The format might be network, streaming, or a web series. As long as it hooks us.
Each TV show is a unique story-machine, with its own rules and formulas. Here you will learn to write scripts that hit their marks, as well as dramatic-writing craft and how to market your work.
Whether you seek to write comedy, drama, or something in between, we’ll show you how to write TV episodes that might, someday, get you good ratings.
TV writers either work on the staff of an existing series or they create an original show. To break into the business, you need samples of your work—either episodes of existing shows or original scripts, the latter more desirable these days.
TV I focuses on writing “spec” scripts for existing shows, which is the best way to learn how TV episodes work. TV II focuses on creating an original series and “pilot” episode.
These courses cover “scripted” shows, as opposed to reality TV.
The NYC One-day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses, giving you brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve learned. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn; leave in the evening as a more knowledgeable writer.
Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.
Students may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time.
TV Writing Intensive topics include:
This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.
Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.
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We offer refunds if students withdraw two or more days before a class begins. This comes with a $50 fee, but we will likely waive this for Coronavirus situations.
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For a refund or credit, contact us two business days or more before your class starts. You can either choose to hold a full credit with us good for one year on other Gotham classes OR you can opt for a refund less a $25 administrative fee and your $25 registration fee ($50 total).
If you need to withdraw after your class has started (or one business day before it starts), you won’t receive a refund, but you’re welcome to a Gotham credit less the price of Week 1 and your $25 registration fee, but we need to hear from you two business days or more before Week 2 meets for that to happen. After that point, no credits are available.
You may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time, if you notify us before the class begins.
If you notify us two business days or more before your class begins, rescheduling is free. If you notify us less than two business days before your class begins, there is a $25 rescheduling fee. If you don’t notify us until after your class begins, we cannot reschedule you.
You may get a refund (minus a $50 fee) if you notify us two business days or more before your class begins.
If you withdraw two hours or more before it begins, you’re welcome to a full credit good for one year toward another Write-In. No refunds are available. If you simply don’t show up and don’t notify us in advance, you forfeit your money.
A few more things
Credits are valid for one year and cannot be changed into refunds down the road.Simply not attending class or notifying the instructor does not mean you've officially withdrawn.Some exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis for medical emergencies with a doctor's note.Refunds take up to six weeks to process.
Please understand, we can't issue a refund after classes have started, even if you miss your first class. Similarly, we can't offer you a credit one day before your second class or after that. We understand that other obligations get in the way of attending class, but these policies allow us to get other interested writers into class early enough to have a good experience, and this allows us to offer our classes at a reasonable price.
Gotham Writers' Workshop
New York, New York Online
New York, New York
This class isn't on the schedule at the moment, but save it to your Wish List to find out when it comes back!
Do you want to write for television, but don’t know where to start? Not to worry. Veteran TV writer Steven Peros will provide the foundation you need to begin your journey into the world of writing for the small screen. Steven has sold four pilots (to MTV and NBC-Universal, among others), and wrote for one of AMC’s first scripted series, (which...
Saturday Mar 6th, 10am - 1pm Pacific Time
Note: This is primarily a lecture class with some in-class exercises but not everyone will get to share their writing for feedback due to the seminar format. Writing a TV pilot is a tall order for anyone and without firm footing, your feet are as good as clay. Fortunately, whether you’re writing a thriller set in outer space or an angsty teen...
Sunday Mar 7th, 10am - 1pm Pacific Time
This workshop is geared toward all levels of experience. Hundreds have participated in Eric’s Workshop, ranging from people who have never written a scene in their lives, to well-known comedians, professional screenwriters, and TV Producers. It’s geared toward beginners and the experienced. If you’ve taken sketch writing before, you’ll...
Thursday Mar 4th, 7pm - 10pm Pacific Time(8 sessions)
In this comprehensive course, Gunnar will walk you through the steps of creating a series that highlights your comedic voice. He will also ensure your pilot is suitably structured for network and streaming broadcast. Multi-camera shows are not written the same as single-camera shows. Gunnar is one of the few writing coaches in Hollywood who can explain...
Tuesday Mar 2nd, 7pm - 10pm Pacific Time(6 sessions)
Do you have a great idea for HBO’s next hit series? Let us help you transform your brilliant premise into a page-turning script! In this 5-week Online TV Drama Pilot Class, you’ll learn how to craft a great logline, structure a compelling story, plan a season arc that keeps the audience hooked, and break your pilot story just like they do in the...
Monday Mar 1st, 6pm - 9pm Pacific Time(5 sessions)
In this class, you’ll learn how to focus your story, trim the fat, tighten your dialogue and sharpen your action. You’ll refine the language of your script word by word, line by line, scene by scene and act by act. You’ll also learn how applying theme to your pilot will elevate your work and get you closer to the impeccable pilot script, which...
Wed, Mar 3
6:00pm - 9:00pm Pacific Time
Meets 5 Times
Wed, Mar 10
6:00pm - 9:00pm Pacific Time
Meets 5 Times
Tue, Mar 16
7:00pm - 10:00pm Pacific Time
Meets 8 Times
Wed, Apr 14
6:00pm - 9:00pm Pacific Time
Meets 8 Times
Wednesday Mar 3rd, 6pm - 9pm Pacific Time(5 sessions)
It’s fellowship season again, a time when legions of aspiring TV Writers battle for a coveted spot in the Writer’s Rooms of ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox on the hottest new shows. Unfortunately the process is grueling (application, resume, personal statement, spec and original material samples, references, multiple elimination rounds, and endless interviews)...
Thursday Mar 4th, 5pm - 8pm Pacific Time(2 sessions)
The best TV shows are addictive, beckoning us to bring the characters into our homes or onto our devices, episode after episode. The people might be cops, thugs, monsters, geeks, doctors, lawyers, fixers, or just ordinary people with everyday problems. The format might be network, streaming, or a web series. As long as it hooks us. Each TV show is...
Monday Apr 5th, 2pm - 5pm Eastern Time(10 sessions)
Do you dream of seeing your work performed, up there, somewhere? A spellbinding movie. An addictive TV show. A gripping play. The thrill of dramatic writing is that, if you’re lucky, you get to see your work soar to life once all the elements—the work of directors, designers, cast, crew—are added to the vision of your script. Here you will gain...
Wednesday Apr 7th, 7pm - 10pm Eastern Time(6 sessions)
Do you have a hysterical idea for next season’s hit breakout comedy? Then this five-week TV Comedy Pilot Writing Workshop in Los Angeles is for you. Let your instructor share secrets for developing the DNA of your show, finding the funny, developing characters that bring us back, season after season. Through lively craft lectures and the instructor's...
Tuesday Mar 2nd, 5:30pm - 8:30pm Pacific Time(5 sessions)
You have a killer beat sheet for your TV Pilot, but when you sit down to write, everything turns to mush: vague characters, huge data dumps, clunky dialogue, and scenes that go nowhere. If this sounds familiar, successful writing partners John Herrera and Nina Fiore (The Handmaid’s Tale) can help. In this ten-week Online TV Draft Writing...
Sunday Mar 14th, 2:30pm - 5:30pm Pacific Time(10 sessions)
You’ve got your story. You’ve got your characters. You’ve got the world of your show. Now all you have to is WRITE IT. Writing for TV II will guide you through the process of writing a TV pilot. It will help you navigate the dauntingly specific challenges of the form (the classic guideline requires each pilot to hit 15 specific story beats)...
Tuesday Mar 16th, 3:30pm - 6:30pm Eastern Time(8 sessions)
You have all the elements of a great TV Comedy: a great premise, clear characters, an engaging world, and a solid beat sheet. Unfortunately, the thought of actually writing the pilot fills you with dread every time you stare down at the blank screen. No problem! Jack Kukoda (Superstore, Mr. Pickles) will take you through the paces in this 8-week Online...
Thursday Mar 18th, 5:30pm - 9pm Pacific Time(8 sessions)
You have all the elements of a great Spec: a great show, an original premise and a solid beat sheet. Unfortunately, the thought of actually writing the spec draft fills you with dread every time you stare down at the blank screen. No problem! Our instructor will take you through the paces in this seven-week Online TV Spec Draft Writing Workshop....
Thursday Apr 8th, 5pm - 8pm Pacific Time(7 sessions)
A “learn by doing” class that takes you step-by-step through the TV pitching and writing process, moving you from idea to pages in four weeks. Three classes will be taught by Pilar Alessandra and will focus on creating and developing your series and pilot. One class will be taught by Carole Kirschner and will focus on selling, staffing...
Saturday Apr 10th, 10am - 12pm Pacific Time(4 sessions)
You have a killer beat sheet for your TV Pilot, but when sit down to write, everything turns to mush: vague characters, huge data dumps, clunky dialogue, and scenes that go nowhere. In this ten-week Online TV Draft Writing Workshop, you’ll get the instructor's help crafting an amazing outline and writing scenes that have a complete beginning,...
Tuesday Apr 27th, 4:30pm - 7:30pm Pacific Time(10 sessions)
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