Sitcom Writing 2: Writing the Original Pilot

Schools of Public Engagement: Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Sitcom Writing 2
Spring 2024
Taught By: Douglas Morse
Section: A

CRN: 10702

Credits: 3

A key component of every television writing portfolio is an original writing sample which illustrates both the "voice" and saleable capabilities of a new writer. This workshop guides students to develop a half-hour comedy premise that combines their original vision with network and cable protocols. Designed for students to advance their study of comedic writing, students learn the professional and creative requirements involved in pitching and writing an original half-hour episode of a situation or animated comedy, completing a draft for a comedy series pilot and series bible. The process starts with an exploration of comedic structure, comedy premise, timing, jokes, and punch-ups; then onto an original one-sentence logline; character descriptions, an outline, and a first draft. This course follows a workshop format and encourages partnered writing in a simulated “writers room” arrangement with feedback from classmates and instructor. Students hone their comedic craft while furthering their appreciation for the business of comedy writing for television including networking and breaking in. Prerequisite: Sitcom Writing 1.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media (MED)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: Online - Asynchronous

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 6:08am EDT 6/20/2024

Meeting Info:
Building: Online Course
Room: 999
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 5/15/2024