Andrew Chapman will work with students individually and in groups in this two day workshop that addresses how to write a television pilot.

Last year Hollywood produced 409 scripted television shows, a record. Each show made between 10 and 23 episodes, and hired 5 to 15 staff writers. That represents a tremendous opportunity for budding screenwriters. Now is the Golden Age of television, and the best way to break into the TV business is with a polished sample script. This workshop will start you on the road to writing that script. 

The workshop is three sessions long. In session one, we’ll go over the fundamentals of the TV business, and talk about what makes for a compelling show. Students should come prepared with ideas, and be willing to pitch those ideas to the room. Each student will lock in an idea, and then homework will be to write up a one page treatment for session two. 

In session two we will read each other’s treatments aloud and critique them. We will focus on character and plot engine. For the second half of the session students will rewrite their treatments. Homework will be to develop a single scene from their treatment and write it out. (Three pages, maximum.)

In session three we will read each other’s scenes aloud and critique them. We will focus on the formats of network and cable TV, and talk about the ways to make your scenes pop. In the second half of the session students will do a crash rewrite on their scenes. By the end of the workshop we want each student to feel confident in their ability to forge ahead with a concept pilot. 

There will be scripts to read (supplied by the instructor) before class starts. A warning: if you are not ready to take criticism or share your ideas with the room, then you probably shouldn’t take the class. 

Instructor Andrew Chapman is a TV showrunner and creator. He most recently wrote and produced the second season of Legends for TNT. Last year he created and produced the mini-series The Assets for ABC. He is currently writing an original pilot Amazon TV.

Monday, Feb 1st 6:30pm - 9pm

Saturday, Feb 6th 10am - 5pm

Saturday, Feb 13th 10am - 5pm

Dates of course
Feb 1 - Feb 13
Application deadline
Feb 1
Tuition assistance
Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133