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Private Instruction in Writing for Television

This program introduces students to the exciting world of writing for television. Students will learn the fundamental aspects of TV screenwriting, using classic and contemporary scripts as models. The tutor will offer feedback and encouragement as the student writes his or her own premise lines, outlines, and full scripts.

Our television writing program has three main goals:

  1. Teach the student to develop characters, compose acts and scenes, and use devices such as conflict, story turns, and action.
  2. Educate the student in the proper use of TV script conventions like Cold Opens and Tags.
  3. Help the student create one or more optionable spec scripts.

A typical program in writing for television involves one, 60-90 minute session per week, with writing assignments for the student to complete independently and discuss at the following session. In addition to short exercises targeting different elements of the craft, the student and instructor will work together to develop one or more final products — ranging from five-minute shorts to a full episode script.

Our Instructors in Writing for Television:
Our team of instructors in Writing for Television includes the tutors below. Click on the instructor’s short profile to access his or her full profile:

Robin E., M.F.A.
Robin E., M.F.A.
Education

Columbia University, MFA in Writing
Princeton University, BA in English (Honors)


Summary of Experience

Robin is an adjunct professor of sitcom writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She has written for several television shows, including Clued In and What About Joan, and periodicals ranging from The New York Times to Glamour. Her children's books include three Junior Editions of The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook, the eight-book series The Groovy Girls, and the Young Adult novel God Is In The Pancakes.

Katrina G.-S., M.A.
Katrina G.-S., M.A.
Education

Boston University, MA, Earhart Fellow in Journalism & Sociology
Boston College, BA in Theater Arts


Summary of Experience

Katrina’s travel essays have been published by NPR, National Geographic, The Christian Science Monitor, and CNN-go, among others. Her children’s book, Ma, The Search for Silence, is forthcoming from Little, Brown, and Company in 2013. She taught writing at the prestigious Kikokushijo Academy in Tokyo, where she was also a TV Journalist and Producer for NHK- World, and for Atraves in Nicaragua.


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