Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

This workshop class will introduce students to the fundamental elements of developing and writing a TV series in the current “golden age of television.” Students will watch television pilots, read pilot episodes and engage in in-depth discussions about story, series engine, season arcs, character, structure, tone and dialogue, which will be applied to their work. Each student will formulate and pitch an original series idea, write and rewrite a detailed treatment of the concept, and complete the first 30 pages of the pilot episode by end of semester. Students will read all drafts of each other’s work and give verbal feedback every week.

Prerequisites and Restrictions

Application required. Attach a statement about why you would like to take the course and optionally a 3-4 page creative writing sample in any genre. Please note this course CANNOT be audited. A prerequisite of 2 prior CWR courses. Application deadline is November 17, 2021.





Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM


Susanna Styron