Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

Students in this advanced screenwriting course will work both independently and in small groups to learn how to develop, pitch, outline, and draft an original television show. We will read and watch television shows, pitch ideas, work in writers’ rooms, and by the end of the semester have a complete draft of a television pilot in hand (50-60 pages). There will be weekly reading, viewing, and writing assignments — everything from conceptualizing ideas to writing outlines and character profiles. Given that television is a collaborative medium, students should feel comfortable working in small groups.

Application required

Special Focus Fall 2018:

This advanced screenwriting workshop will introduce students to the fundamental elements of developing and writing a TV series in the current “golden age of television.” Students will be required to watch television pilots and episodes as assigned, and engage in in-depth discussion about their structure, pacing, character development, etc. Each student will formulate and pitch an original series idea, and write a treatment and first act for the series pilot, as well as season arcs, due by the end of the semester.



C01 - Susanna Styron

Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m.


Susanna Styron