NSRW

3842

Sitcom Writing 1: Writing the 'Spec' Script

Schools of Public Engagement: Communication

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Sitcom Writing 1

Fall 2021

Taught By: Greg DePaul

Section: A

CRN: 3829

Credits: 3

The sitcom is no joke. It is a specialized, highly competitive form of screenwriting that has its own sets of rules, expectations and required skills. And, for those wishing to break into TV writing, the front door is the “spec” script. A spec script is a sample episode for a current popular TV series and it is an indispensable tool for selling you talents in the television marketplace. This course investigates the half-hour episodic TV comedy form and gives students the fundamental tools necessary to conceive and execute a sitcom teleplay. Over the course of the semester, students research a popular half-hour comedy, learn its secrets and develop techniques for developing premises, story generation, outlining, structuring, scene writing, and editing - all in collaboration with other student writers. Students write in the voice, tone and style of an established show completing a beat sheet, episode diagram, and draft of a complete spec script for a current half-hour comedy show and progress as far as they can towards polishing it. Finally, an overview of the business of the sitcom, the current comedy series marketplace, and breaking in as a writer.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Communication (NCOM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 14

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:51am 9/25/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 8/30/2021 - 12/17/2021

Sitcom Writing 1

Summer 2021

Taught By: Loren-Paul Caplin

Section: A

CRN: 1140

Credits: 3

The sitcom is no joke. It is a specialized, highly competitive form of screenwriting that has its own sets of rules, expectations and required skills. And, for those wishing to break into TV writing, the front door is the “spec” script. A spec script is a sample episode for a current popular TV series and it is an indispensable tool for selling you talents in the television marketplace. This course investigates the half-hour episodic TV comedy form and gives students the fundamental tools necessary to conceive and execute a sitcom teleplay. Over the course of the semester, students research a popular half-hour comedy, learn its secrets and develop techniques for developing premises, story generation, outlining, structuring, scene writing, and editing - all in collaboration with other student writers. Students write in the voice, tone and style of an established show completing a beat sheet, episode diagram, and draft of a complete spec script for a current half-hour comedy show and progress as far as they can towards polishing it. Finally, an overview of the business of the sitcom, the current comedy series marketplace, and breaking in as a writer.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Communication (NCOM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 19

Add/Drop Deadline: June 11, 2021 (Friday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: July 23, 2021 (Friday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:51am 9/25/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 6/7/2021 - 8/1/2021

Sitcom Writing 1

Spring 2021

Taught By: Jonathan Danziger

Section: A

CRN: 2473

Credits: 3

The sitcom is no joke. It is a specialized, highly competitive form of screenwriting that has its own sets of rules, expectations and required skills. And, for those wishing to break into TV writing, the front door is the “spec” script. A spec script is a sample episode for a current popular TV series and it is an indispensable tool for selling you talents in the television marketplace. This course investigates the half-hour episodic TV comedy form and gives students the fundamental tools necessary to conceive and execute a sitcom teleplay. Over the course of the semester, students research a popular half-hour comedy, learn its secrets and develop techniques for developing premises, story generation, outlining, structuring, scene writing, and editing - all in collaboration with other student writers. Students write in the voice, tone and style of an established show completing a beat sheet, episode diagram, and draft of a complete spec script for a current half-hour comedy show and progress as far as they can towards polishing it. Finally, an overview of the business of the sitcom, the current comedy series marketplace, and breaking in as a writer.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Communication (NCOM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 19

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:56am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 8:00pm - 9:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/4/2021