FTVM 311 - Writing for Television I: The Spec Script
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Film, Television, and Media Std (FTVM)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
FTVM 210, FTVM 290, FTVM major.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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"Writing For Television I: The Spec Script” is a "writer’s room," just like the rooms where some of the best television is written, where students work and re-work an episode of an existing drama or comedy series until they have a script that if it is good enough will open doors for them as a television writer. Students go through the entire process: from pitching, though breaking story, outlining, a table read, and two complete drafts. During the course, students often will be involved in workshop sessions, critiquing one another's work, and study well-known shows as a way of learning the rules of writing for television.

Course Requirements:

One complete teleplay (30-60 pages) of an existing drama or comedy, including a second draft. The class will workshop the teleplays and view episodes of the shows being written by members of the class. Students will read and discuss each other's work and are expected to complete all stages of the television writing process, from the initial pitch through the revised final draft.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates interested in working in, or a sustainable career in, any aspect of Television and/or Film.

Class Format:

Class meets for three hours once a week. The semester begins with lectures on the structure and formats of writing for television and then in the following weeks takes the class through the process of writing a television episode script, from pitches to outlines, then a first draft, in-class table read, and a revised draft.


FTVM 311 - Writing for Television I: The Spec Script
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
Th 6:00PM - 9:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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