How many times have you looked at something in your daily life, personal experiences, or past history and said “They should make a TV show about this!” Well, its time to take your own advice, and put pen to paper (or fingertip to keyboard, as it were) and create the next hit show by signing up for the class “Writing the TV Pilot.” The course, which is totally online and offered by Mediabistro, begins on May 17, and promises “you’ll create a compelling, well-developed pilot and craft a pitch to win over producers.”
The course is taught by Los Angeles based instructor Wendy Riss, a television writer, screenwriter, and playwright. Riss’s credits include being story editor on HBO’s “Hung” and a staff writer on F/X’s “The Riches.” Additionally, Riss penned the plays “Wildfire” and “A Darker Purpose at Naked Angels,” which became the movie The Winner starring Rebecca DeMornay, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Billy Bob Thornton.
The class will help students learn everything from what types of shows the networks are looking for, how to create compelling characters, how to make your idea sustainable and saleable, and even what to include in your pitch, and what to leave out. The class takes place over the course of 8 weeks, and is entirely online, meaning students and instructors will post lectures and assignments online once a week, with weekly chats and technical support available to all participants.
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To sign up for the class, view the course syllabus, or for more information, check out their website here.