TV pilot scripts are just like feature scripts in many ways AND there are major differences. With lectures, interviews, workbook writing assignments and more, this class will ground you in all the details you need to write your own original TV series pilot.
Class Starts: November 20, 2023
Class Title: Craft TV: Creating the Original Television Series
Class Type: 10-day online screenwriting course
Class Presenter: Tom Benedek
Class price: $95
Learn how to structure your original TV pilot script
Major Executive Producer/Writers-Showrunners share insights:
Ed Bernero – Criminal Minds
Blake Masters – Brotherhood, Two Guns,
Josh Brand – The Americans, Northern Exposure, St. Elsewhere
Live Online Q and A with a TV literary agent — get feedback on your show idea. Your questions about the TV writing business answered
- 4 Posted Lectures
- 2 Workbook Assignments to jump-start your original pilot script — you will get solid feedback on your TV project
- 4 Invaluable Video Interview Sessions
- Live Q and A with TV Literary Agent
- Skype Teleconference Writing Workshop
- 24/7 Discussion Forums
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- Strategies for constructing the world of your show
- Techniques to create a family of characters
- Methods to brainstorm your pilot’s plot and story
- Ways to plan your series pitch
- Approaches for season arcs, series arcs, story bibles
- Live Q and A session with TV Literary Agent to get answers to your questions
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE
Screenwriters, TV writers, novelists, and playwrights who want to empower their writing and enrich their characters through the use of archetypes.
“Tom Benedek is a teacher, writer and coach who puts in the extra time and effort to make sure that every story he mentors serves a necessary purpose. His expertise with characters and stories is transcended by how he goes out of his way to make sure that scripts provide the emotional punch that reminds us why we became screenwriters in the first place.”
~ Max Lance, Winner 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting
“Thank you for running such an excellent workshop. I learned so much, and it was a really great environment for trying out new ideas and getting honest, supportive feedback.”
~ Erin O’Connor, screenwriter – Miss Virginia(2018) with Uzo Aduba(Orange is the New Black)
Tom is great to work with – – a wonderful screen and TV writer. He understands how series television is built on the page and knows how to talk about it with students and professionals.
~Josh Brand, TV Writer-Producer – The Americans, Northern Exposure, Amazing Stories
“Tom has a very incisive understanding of all the ingredients that make a great screenplay. He’s also a first rate writer and a wonderful teacher.”
~ Michael Shamberg, Producer – Erin Brockovich, Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty
“No teacher has been more influential to my career than Tom Benedek. From the University of Southern California to ScreenwritingMasterClass.com, Tom’s classes have never failed to encourage, educate, and inspire. In addition to my graduate coursework at USC with Tom, I have greatly benefitted from both ‘Network Hollywood’ and ‘Writing the Original Pilot Script’ at Screenwritmasterclass.com. I recommend Tom’s classes to every aspiring and developing screenwriter I meet.”
~ Adair Cole, Screenwriter — Norco (Dir. Mark Romanek, Prod. MadRiver)
I have thoroughly enjoyed the lectures and Tom’s insight, encouragement, and feedback. I highly recommend these courses to anybody — from beginners to those farther on the screenwriting path.” – Goran Spoljaric, Screenwriter
“What makes Tom stand out are: his ethics; his true caring and concern for each student and that student’s work; and his commitment to help each student successfully get what he or she needs to learn next to write a polished script — whether for the big screen or for tv. Thanks, Tom” – Melodie Beattie, Author
“Many thanks Tom, I got an enormous amount out of this 10 day dash.”
“I’d recommend Screenwriting Master Class to anyone who’s serious about writing screenplays.”
“What makes Tom stand out are: his ethics; his true caring and concern for each student and that student’s work; and his commitment to help each student successfully get what he or she needs to learn next to write a polished script — whether for the big screen or for tv. Thanks, Tom” – Melodie Beattie
SPECIAL OFFER: THE CRAFT PACKAGE with Tom Benedek
The Craft Package offers eight Craft classes for nearly 50% off and enables you to go through all of the content on your own time! For more information, go here.
BENEFITS OF THE ONLINE SCREENWRITING MASTER CLASS EXPERIENCE
- Access courses anytime and anywhere on your computer, tablet or smartphone.
- Learn the craft amidst a supportive, lively, and fun online community from around the world.
- Receive feedback from instructors who know the business and have a passion for teaching.