Writers and Producers: Writing Professionally for TV

Schools of Public Engagement: Communication

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Writing Professionally for TV

Fall 2019

Taught By: Lindsay Sturman

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 and 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 can hear from various members of a crew about the different aspects of producing an episode of TV – Director, Cinematographer, Production Designer, Line Producer (who does the budgeting), and AD (Assistant Director who does the scheduling and runs the set). Students who take this class will leave it prepared to walk right into a TV writing job.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Communication (NCOM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 11

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment 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: 8:26am 4/23/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: TBD

Times: 12:00am - 12:00am

Building: Online Course

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/15/2019