Writing and Producing for Television 

Schools of Public Engagement: Communication

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Writing and Producing for TV

Fall 2022

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.” This course was formerly titled "Writing Professionally for TV."

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Communication (NCOM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: Online - Asynchronous

Max Enrollment: 17

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 20, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 7:52pm 7/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/18/2022