Online Writing for TV I

Starts: Thursday, October 6, 2022
Online - Thursdays, 6:30pm-9pm ET, 10-Weeks - no class 11/24

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Writing for television is just like every other kind of dramatic
writing…until it isn’t. For those intrigued by writing for the small screen,
Writing for TV I is an introduction to what is universal and what is
unique about television writing. The class will start by helping students
create and flesh out the basics of a compelling story – a great
protagonist, a great antagonist, and conflict that takes place in a
powerful and exciting world. Then students will learn how to use
particulars of television writing - creating a story engine, juggling
multiple plots, and writing beat sheets – to further illuminate the
characters and stories they have created. Students will work towards
the creation of a pilot that will tell one great story while hinting at many
more. Part I of a two part course.


Instructor: John Yearley

John Yearley is the author of The Unrepeatable Moment (“Thought provoking…exhilarating…painfully hilarious” – New York Times, “Yearley is a master” – Huffington Post), Leap (Mickey Kaplan New American Play Prize, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Ephemera (John Gassner Award), Another Girl (PlayPenn), and Bruno Hauptmann Kissed My Forehead (Abingdon Theatre). His latest play, Eight Minutes, Twenty Seconds, was workshopped by LABryinth Theatre Company and performed at Temple University. Work for young audiences include The Last Wish (Macy’s New Play Prize for Young Audiences) and an adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone. Short plays All in Little Pieces and A Low-Lying Fog are available through Samuel French. He writes for the PBS Kids animated show Arthur, and previously worked as a “script doctor” for New Line Cinema. Member of the Dramatists Guild, Writers Guild, and twice a MacDowell Fellow. MFA in Playwriting from Temple University.


In-Person Classes - 520 8th Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10018*
Online Classes - held via Zoom

*Valid government-issued ID required for entry to the building



ThursdayOctober 6, 20226:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ThursdayOctober 13, 20226:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ThursdayOctober 20, 20226:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ThursdayOctober 27, 20226:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ThursdayNovember 3, 20226:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ThursdayNovember 10, 20226:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ThursdayNovember 17, 20226:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ThursdayDecember 1, 20226:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ThursdayDecember 8, 20226:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ThursdayDecember 15, 20226:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Please Note:

All payments for classes are non-refundable (unless a class is canceled).
If you need to cancel a class for any reason, you must notify us by email at least one week before the class begins, and we will apply a credit to your account for a future class.
As our faculty are all working professional actors, directors and playwrights, we reserve the right to change teachers at any time.
Commitment is for the duration of the session. THERE ARE NO CREDITS OR REFUNDS FOR MISSED CLASSES. If you discontinue any class before the ending date of the session, you forfeit your fee.