Writing the Sitcom Spec Script is for serious writers who want to get into writing television sitcoms as their career. It is valuable for those planning to move to Los Angeles to become a working television writer and those looking to have a professional writing sample packet. A spec script is a standard element of your writing sample. Agents and producers will expect you to have one and base your potential writing skills on its merit. Also, if you want to write for television this class will give you knowledge of the fundamentals of writing sitcoms.
You will learn about sitcom structure, what makes an episode successful, some of the business nuances involved with being a working writer, what industry people look for in a spec script and why having a spec script is important.
You will break down and analyze some existing sitcom scripts. You will write for different existing character voices. You will develop a full-length (half-hour) television spec script and get valuable experience in writing for television. There will be “homework” writing assignments. You will have a full spec script at the end of the session.
Writing the Sitcom Spec Script is open to students who have completed Intro to Writing for TV & Film or with program head approval. The class meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term. There will be in-class writing so a laptop is suggested.
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