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Master Classes are in-depth, interactive learning experiences focused on craft and career building and led by renowned industry experts. Topics include fiction and documentary filmmaking, TV writing and production, and navigating and succeeding in the entertainment industry. 



The Television Writers’ Room: everyone will tell you that the hardest part is getting your foot in the door. But not many talk about the challenges you’ll face as a staff writer trying to prove your worth, a story editor trying to work your way up from show to show, or a supervising producer having to resolve a conflict on set at 2AM. With great power comes great responsibility - and hopefully, joy. Niceole Levy, TV writer, producer and author of The Writers’ Room Survival Guide, will demystify these challenges and help you make the most of your career in our live, interactive three-hour Master Class. Join us for a deep dive into how to be successful in this role - and how to continue building your tv career for years to come.



Topics covered include:

  • Who does what in a Writers’ Room?
  • How to interview with a Showrunner
  • What your portfolio should include
  • How to get people to notice you as an assistant
  • How to get people to value you as a staff writer
  • Why life experience and being your authentic self matters
  • Room types and styles
  • Running the board
  • Room politics and how to navigate them gracefully
  • Story areas, outlines, and draft types
  • Finding the silver lining in a notes session
  • Production challenges
  • Landing the next job


Past classes have included Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams on Documentary Storytelling, Finding Dory’s Victoria Strouse on Comedy Writing, Emmy-nominated director Lesli Linka Glatter on Blocking a Scene, The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara on TV Writing and more.


If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please complete this form, contact us at (435) 776-7790 or email us at accessibility@sundance.org to discuss your specific needs. Every effort will be made to accommodate advance requests; requests made within 5 days of the event may not be guaranteed.


Instructor
After growing up near China Lake Naval Weapons Center in the middle of the Mojave Desert, Niceole escaped to the bright lights of Los Angeles. While studying acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she realized her true love was writing stories, not playing them out. She worked as a police dispatcher to pay her way through USC undergrad and then completed the Master of Professional Writing program, also at USC. An alum of the CBS Writers Mentoring Program, NBC's Writers on the Verge, and the WGAW Showrunner Training Program, Niceole has written on IRONSIDE, ALLEGIANCE, THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA, SHADES OF BLUE, CLOAK AND DAGGER, FATE, THE WINX SAGA, S.W.A.T and THE RECRUIT which premieres on Netflix December 16. She also co-wrote a feature, THE BANKER, with former ALLEGIANCE showrunner and director George Nolfi, available on AppleTV+, and is now writing SPARK, a film inspired by the life of Claudette Colvin. Niceole was most recently a co-executive producer on an untitled Netflix series and has several TV and feature projects in development. Her first book, THE WRITERS' ROOM SURVIVAL GUIDE, will be released in October of this year. more...

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