Sept 7 - Oct 31
TV Writing: Core Elements (Self-paced | 8 Weeks)
Registration is now closed for this session.
Angela LaManna

Course applications now closed. APPLICATION DEADLINE WAS: Monday, August 23 at 2pm PT. 

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 introductory level 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 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.
  • develop your beat sheet into an outline.
  • 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 Collab’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 TV series.
  • Post-Video Activities after each session are designed to apply concepts to your own project, and move your idea through to the next stage.
  • A course advisor will give you feedback on elements of your project in key developmental stages: your beat sheet (week 4) and on your final outline (week 8).
  • You will have the opportunity to join optional cohort group Office Hours, hosted by the course advisor, at critical points in the course to ask questions and discuss concepts.

The course includes resources such as TV pilot scripts, beat sheets and outlines for TV series. All lessons are available on demand for review for one year after you complete the course. If you have any questions about the course, please email

Sundance Collab 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 to arrange for services.

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...
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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