25 Hours of Workshop Time
Ten 2 1/2 hour class sessions, each one filled with Jill Chamberlain’s unique lectures, skill-building exercises, group discussions, and individual story consultation.
Script Notes and Feedback
Get feedback on your TV pilot or spec “nutshell,” your outline, and your final script from Jill Chamberlain and your fellow classmates.
Handouts of key story concepts and professional teleplay examples make convenient references in and outside the workshop.
TV Episode Analysis
Each week the class analyzes a television episode assigned for outside viewing and deconstructs its underlying structure.
The 10 week TV Writing workshop curriculum was created with both professional and beginning screenwriters in mind. Each week there is a focus on mastering a different area of the TV writing craft. The goal of the workshop is for each writer to complete one television episodic script (either a pilot or a spec of an existing series) and submit it to the class for feedback.
The Nutshell Technique and Story Structure
Plot Development: One-Hour Dramas
Delving deeper into how to structure your teleplay, you’ll learn the structures employed by one-hour dramas (both network and cable/streaming). Your own story nutshell will be reviewed by Jill and the class.
Plot Development: Half-Hour Sitcoms
Learn the secrets to creating compelling characters and how to orchestrate your whole cast.
Writing in Screenplay Format
Learn how to write in industry format for the various types of teleplays.
Writing natural yet concise dialogue is an art form, and this is when we go over the principles to get you on your way to mastery.
Review of Critical Scenes
Everyone in the workshop turns in a critical scene from their teleplay. The class will do table reads of all the scenes, and Jill will offer script doctoring suggestions and address formatting and structural issues.
Scene & Act Construction
Scenes are the building blocks of any TV episode or movie. Here we go over how to write a strong scene and make sure it fits into the bigger picture.
The Business of Screenwriting
We’ll talk about the business side of screenwriting, and do final in-class critiques of teleplays submitted by class participants.