Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2024

  • TV Writing

    182 001 | CCN: 23918

    J Mira Kopell

    Location: Dwinelle 226

    Date and Time: TH 9:00am - 11:59am

    4 Units

    This intermediate screenwriting class explores the art and craft of developing and writing serialized narrative scripts. In the first half of the course students simulate the creative and collaborative process of a TV writers’ room by working together to develop a spec script based on an existing series. In the second half of the semester each writer creates a portion of a pilot script for an original series. All students will workshop pitches, outlines and scenes in class.

    Lecture topics include episodic concept development, analysis of a variety of story structures, “breaking” a story, creating engaging characters, plot blending, arcs for characters, episodes and seasons.

    Prerequisites: Film 180 or some screenwriting experience. Consent of instructor required. The class is open to juniors and seniors. Preference is given to Film & Media majors. A five page writing sample in screenplay form is required.

    Interested students should fill out an application form at by Friday July 19. Students considered for enrollment may be contacted by the instructor for a short zoom interview. Applicants will be notified of enrollment by Friday August 2.

    Note – there is no need to place yourself on the waitlist for this course. Instead, due to the limited space in the class, enroll in a back up course. Thank you!