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Screenwriting & TV Track

The Writer's Studio Screenwriting & TV track is designed to provide writers with a solid foundation for developing and writing for  film and TV. From 2-day to 6-week courses you will learn how to write, restructure, polish, and find out what the writer's room rules are in this unique offering.

 Fall QuarterWinter Quarter  Spring Quarter Summer Quarter

The Writer's Studio classes are available year-round in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters. Click on the icon to the right of the class description to register for the corresponding quarter.

Screenwriting for Playwrights Bootcamp

Do you have a play that might work well as a movie? Or perhaps your story idea does not fit the play mold?  This two-day bootcamp offers an intense, nuts and bolts study of the essentials of writing for film. You will explore the similarities and differences between the mediums of stage, film, and TV. Then you will dive into action lines, hooks, loglines, visual thinking, plus much more! Make sure to come ready with a play or idea you want to cinematically bring to life.

1 Weekend, Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm & Sun 2:00pm - 6:00pm (Winter Jan 26 -  27; Spring May 4 - 5; Summer Jun 1-2)

Prerequisite: None


Screenwriting Structure Intensive

Structure is crucial to visual storytelling, but are you able to explain why? In this four-part intensive you will learn how to articulate how audiences are subconsciously engaged by good structure, how structure is about content and form, even how to change perspective and view structure through the lens of the audience receiving the story rather than on you as storyteller, plus much more.

4 Saturdays, 10:00am-1:00pm (Winter Feb 9 - Mar 2; Summer Jun 8 - Jul  6)

 Prerequisite: The About or Screenwriting for Playwrights Bootcamp


Screenwriting Structure Intensive ONLINE

All of the above delivered through video conferencing!
4 Saturdays, 10:00am-1:00pm (Spring Mar 30 - Apr 27)


Screenwriting in Progress

Designed to support writers who have a screenplay(s) already underway, this advanced course will build on the fundamentals and structure principles taught before. Over six weeks you will build community, sharpen skills, revise, and receive tailored feedback on your screenplay-in-progress.

6 Sundays, 10:00am-1:00pm (Winter Feb 3 - Mar 31; Spring Apr 28 - Jun 23)

Prerequisites: Screenwriting Structure Intensive


Writing the Half-Hour Comedy Pilot 1  ONLINE

If you desire being in a writers’ room in half-hour comedy, then this starter course is for you. Learn to analyze and identify types, create loglines and premise, explore ideas that fit your unique voice, analyze and draft ideas about your own show premise, plus more. By the end of this course, you will pitch a 3-minute version of your show idea!

6 Saturdays, 11:00am-2:00pm (Winter Dec 8 - Jan 19)

Prerequisite: None


Writing the Half-Hour Comedy Pilot 2  ONLINE

In part 2 of this course, you will identify, analyze, deconstruct the components of, and create your own professional beat sheet for a produced show, be able to deconstruct the components in a professional outline of a produced show, follow the writers’ room rules of feedback, plus much more. By the end of this course, you will pitch a 5-7-minute version of your show idea!

6 Saturdays, 11:00am-2:00pm (Spring Mar 9 - Apr 13)

Prerequisite: Writing the Half-Hour Comedy Pilot 1


Writing the Half-Hour Comedy Pilot 3  ONLINE

Go inside the writers room in this advanced-level writing course. You will give and receive feedback, pitches, punch ups, and notes on scenes or acts of your half-hour pilot—learning the process a writer goes through in a writers’ room. Your full pilot will be read by two professional actors, later receiving targeted feedback exploring patterns and novelties. Access to script writing software such as Final Draft, Celtx, Scrivener, etc., is required.

6 Saturdays, 11:00am-2:00pm (Summer Jun 8 - Jul 13)

Prerequisite: Writing the Half-Hour Comedy Pilot 2



The About—Screenwriting Workshop 

The About is a deep and entertaining dive into learning the single most important principle of effective scriptwriting for film & TV. You will learn to identify the intellectual and emotional heart of a script, its point of view and its truth, which is the indispensable foundation for all other script elements.  It is scriptwriting “from the content up” and will have you looking at scripts and writing in a whole new way. The About will demonstrate how the best film & TV writers use this principle to create a great script and then help you apply this principle in your own writing. This highly original but practical course is currently offered exclusively this Fall through Chicago Dramatists. The About provides a superior, efficient and focused means to plan & execute a script. Whether you are contemplating your first script or consider yourself a more advanced writer, The About course provides essential guidance for crafting a significantly more creative and professional script.

6 Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm (Fall Sep 26 - Oct 31)

Prerequisite: None


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If you are interested in registering for more than one Screenwriting & TV class and want to save up to $100 at the same time, consider purchasing a bundle. Click for more information!

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