Apr 19 - Jun 13
TV Writing: Core Elements (Self-paced | 8 Weeks)
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Angela LaManna

Course applications now closed. Applications closed 2pm PT, April 5, 2021. 

Acceptances start after the deadline, and occur on a rolling basis.

Create an outline for your TV pilot idea in eight weeks with an accomplished TV writer as your guide. In this self-paced course, you will take this important first step for your original pilot script and learn a set of tools to help you ask the important questions of every scene and character that will get you past "stuck" when writing future episodes. 

Along the way you will:

  • find your most effective creative writing process.
  • develop and hone your characters.
  • learn how character drives the plot.
  • be able to identify three-act structure and have it be the backbone of your pilot.
  • identify A/B/C stories and break story in your own pilot.
  • create the tableau and tone for your pilot.
  • write your beat sheet.
  • understand how to receive notes and approach a rewrite.
  • identify a longer story arc for your series.

This course is ideal for:

  • television writers with an idea for a series or pilot who could use help with structure, world-building, character development, and deadlines
  • creatives new to TV Writing who want structured direction for crafting their project with a flexible schedule for completing weekly lectures and exercises.


Sundance Co//ab’s self-paced courses are unique in that they provide flexibility to complete the work on your own time, but also within a structured timeline that helps you to advance your project. You will travel through the course with a cohort of screenwriters like yourself, and are given assignments with due dates during key weeks of the course.

  • Here’s how this course works:
  • Each week you will view pre-recorded lectures by the instructor structured around key topics and analyze clips from feature-length films.
  • Post-Video Activities after each session are designed to apply concepts to your own project, and move your idea through to the next stage.
  • The course advisor will give you detailed feedback on your project in key developmental stages: your beat sheet (week 4), your revised beat sheet (week 6), and on your final outline (week 8).
  • Each week you will have the opportunity to join optional cohort Office Hours, hosted by the Course Advisor, to ask questions and discuss concepts. 

The course includes resources such as screenplays, beat sheets and outlines for feature films. All lessons are available on demand for review for one year after you complete the course.

Sundance Co//ab provides accommodations and support services to participants with disabilities. Accommodations and services are designed to meet the needs of each participant. Please email us at collab_courses@sundance.org to arrange for services.


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Angela LaManna grew up in Syracuse, New York. She was an English major at The University of Texas at Austin, where she took courses in creative writing for fiction, poetry and screenwriting. more...
Born and raised in Nigeria to Indian parents, Vidhya takes great pride in being a third culture kid and having a great deal of variety (and anxiety) when it comes to her cultural identity. From the age of 12 onwards she lived alone in an apartment in India with no adult supervision - this allowed her obsession with television to grow unchecked. She studied Computer Engineering in college while also running an Italian restaurant, then she made the natural transition into moving halfway across the world to LA to become a TV Writer. more...
Jeremy Nielsen has come a long way since getting stabbed in the face at his first real job in a detention center in Salt Lake City, UT. Subsequently, he has mined life to tell stories that have resulted in produced feature films; DARKROOM (dist. by Vanguard Cinema) as well as television pilot scripts; TICKER (Winner, New York Television Festival, Finalist Austin Film Festival) and DEVIL’S DUE (Sundance Episodic Television Writers Lab). He lives in Wyoming, where he is a professor at where he is a professor at Central Wyoming College. more...

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