SITCOM SPEC WRITING WORKSHOP
The main reason to write a spec script these days is so you can apply to the different writing fellowships. I’ll take you through the same process that I used to write the spec scripts that got me into the NBC Writers on the Verge program and the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship.
We’ll go over everything from beginning to end, including picking what show to spec, pitching and writing loglines, writing a synopsis, an outline, and then your draft. The goal is to have a new, polished spec ready to submit to contests and fellowships.
The workshop is 8 weeks long, and each class will be around 2 – 3 hours long, depending on how many writers there are, and what we’re covering that week.
The workload is intense. There are weekly assignments, and you’ll be expected to read and have notes for everyone’s work, in addition to working on your own scripts. Each session, you’ll get feedback on your material from me, as well as from the rest of the group. I’ll also be giving written notes on your scripts, and we’ll also have several private 1 on 1 meetings to make sure you’re on track, and to discuss any specific issues you’re having with your script. If you miss a class, you will still get written notes from me for that week, but you will miss group discussions.
Besides working on your scripts, we’ll cover presentations skills and how to prepare for the interview process for the fellowships.
Week 1 – Picking your show
Week 2 – Logline
Week 3 – Treatment
Week 4 – Beat sheet
Week 5 – Outline
Week 6 – First draft
Week 7 – Second draft
Week 8 – Final draft
WHAT YOU NEED
The workshop is held online, and so far, I’ve worked with writers from New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Austin, Portland, San Francisco, and LA. You’ll need a computer with a web cam (an iPad with a camera won’t work) and a high speed internet connection. All of the classes will be group video chats using Google+ Hangouts which is a free plugin for your browser. You’ll also need Final Draft, Word, and Excel, or equivalent software.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Bernard – Mindy Project
Semi Finalist in the ABC Disney Program.
Paul – Mindy Project
His was the only Mindy spec in the second round at the Austin Film Fest.
Preston – Modern Family
Second round at the Austin Film Fest. This script that he wrote in my workshop was the first script he ever wrote.
Here are what past writers had to say about the workshop.