Writers and Producers: Writing Professionally for TV

Schools of Public Engagement: Communication

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Writing Professionally for TV

Fall 2020

Taught By: Lewis Payton

Section: A

CRN: 7316

Credits: 3

There are many skills involved with being a professional writer working in television because writers are also producers in TV. This class will cover the process from coming up with an idea for an episode to executing a producible script, with an overview of the role of “writer/producer.” Students will learn the rules of a TV writers’ room; how to “break” (outline) an episode; the process of writing and re-writing both individually and as a group; and re-writing a script to make it producible on a budget. They will learn to take off their Writer’s hat and put on their Producer’s hat and rethink the script in terms of the budget and production realities (such as 8 days to shoot an entire episode, a limited number of cast and sets, etc.) The class will learn about different aspects of producing an episode of TV -- hearing from crew members from different departments such as Production (producers), the Art Department, and a series TV Director. Students who take this class will be far better prepared to walk into a TV writing job with a broad understanding of the “producer” side of the job description of “writer/producer.”

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Communication (NCOM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 17

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

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: 12:45pm 1/20/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 8/31/2020 - 12/19/2020