THE WRITERS ROOM
The only class of its kind, run like a real TV writers room, with a world class showrunner guiding a team of 8 talented student staff writers.
It takes a village to write a TV show.
Real TV shows are not written by a single writer, but by a team of talented collaborators all pooling their resources. That’s why this workshop is designed to teach you to develop your pilot just like a real writers room.
Develop your TV pilot.
When it’s time to workshop YOUR show, you’ll collaborate with your showrunner and your fellow staff writers on everything from ideas to structure, just like in a real writers room. Then get an opportunity to go off and write your pilot, get feedback and take it to the next level with the whole group.
Learn how to work in a writers room.
Succeeding in a TV writing environment is not just about being a great writer. It’s about being a great collaborator. That’s why in addition to learning to write a great pilot, you’ll also discover the skills you need to succeed as a staff writer in a professional writers room, and eventually run your own show.
Learn from world class TV writers and showrunners.
Study with the best in the business. Writing a 30 minute comedy or dramedy? You’ll be show-run by multiple Emmy Award Winning showrunner Jerry Perzigian (Married With Children, The Jeffersons, The Golden Girls, Frasier, The Nanny). Writing an hour-long TV drama or dramedy, you’ll be show-run by acclaimed TV drama writer Jonathan Redding (Homeland).
The class meets twice a month, generally from 3-4 hours depending on the number of enrolled students.
Unlike an informal writer’s group, our workshops are moderated by top professional working screenwriters, who are experts not only in writing but also in education. Your mentor will guide the feedback, helping the students learn not only how to receive notes, but also how to give them in the most effective ways. Your mentor will also help you make sense of conflicting notes, and help you synthesize all the suggestions you’re receiving into actionable steps, so that you’re servicing the story you want to tell, rather than just the loudest voices in the room.
Each student will workshop their show once per month, on an alternating schedule. During your approximately 45 minute period, the focus of the entire class will be on your project. You choose how the class spends their time on your project. You can share pages to be read aloud and receive feedback from the mentor and your fellow students, ask questions, practice a pitch or whatever else will most benefit your writing.
No experience is required to attend the All Levels workshop, however there is an application process. The Advanced workshop is designed for advanced, emerging professional, and professional level writers.
It takes time to bring your writing to a professional level, and class continuity really matters in this format, so we ask students to commit to a minimum of 1 year (most stay for much longer). There is a 6 month option at a higher rate for students who cannot commit to the full year.
If you can’t attend live, you can watch replays of any class you wish. However because students are dependent on each other for feedback, habitual absences will lead to you being removed from the class.