April 29 - June 21
TV Writing: Crafting Your Pilot (Apr. 2020)
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Thania St. John

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Learn how to give shape and form to the outline of your pilot with an experienced TV writer as your guide. In this live, online course you will cover openings and endings, dialogue, and sharpening characters. Sessions include presentations, discussion, and interactive exercises. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project. 


Eligibility Requirement: Completion of Sundance Co//ab TV Writing Core Elements course or completion of at least one pilot script as the writer.


The course will be held live in our virtual classroom. All sessions are recorded for registered participants who are unable to attend live.

  • DURATION: Eight weeks, April 29 - June 21
  • SCHEDULE: Wednesdays, 9am - 11am PT
    • Extended first class session: Wednesday, April 29, 9am - 12pm PT
    • Extended last class session: Wednesday, June 10, 9am - 12pm PT
    • One-on-one mentoring sessions are held between June 15 - 21 

Instructor
Starting her television career on the iconic 21 JUMP STREET, Thania went on to create two network TV series of her own (VR5 and CRISIS CENTER) and to write and produce over twenty popular and award winning dramas such as LIFE GOES ON, LOIS AND CLARK, ROSWELL, HUFF, EUREKA, DROP DEAD DIVA, GRIMM, CHICAGO FIRE, COVERT AFFAIRS and PROJECT BLUE BOOK. She has written over two dozen pilots for all four broadcast networks as well as Showtime, Lifetime, SyFy and USA and has also written several feature films now in development. more...
Advisor
Haley Bartels is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter. Originally from Northern California's wine country, she graduated magna cum laude from UCLA with her BA in English, and, more recently, from the American Film Institute with her MFA in Screenwriting. more...
Advisor
Liza St. John is a screenwriter born and raised in Los Angeles. She has written both original and adapted screenplays and currently has a pilot in development with Wonderthink, a production company from media veterans Tony Goldwyn and Richard LaGravenese. Liza has also worked in animation writing for Nickelodeon’s WELCOME TO THE WAYNE. more...
Advisor
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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