Helping Writers to Rise and Thrive

Writing for Television, Level One

Thursdays, 10 to noon ET, Starts September 29, 2022
GiGi Rios New
Seven weeks, $395. (Limited to six students.) THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

How many times have you watched a TV show and thought, I have an idea that’s just as good, if not better. And chances are, you might, but you just aren’t sure how to execute it. Before you even start typing you’ll need to know what–exactly–the story is, and how to execute it.

You will learn that here, with veteran TV writer and teacher GiGi Rios New.

In this workshop, you will learn what elements are essential for developing a strong comedy, drama or dramedy script. Is your idea better suited for platform television (Amazon, Hulu, Apple+, Netflix etc) or network (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX)? What genre Is your show? Is it a multi-cam or single camera? Is it episodic or serialized? These are some of the elements we will address to bring your idea into focus.

What are some of your favorite TV shows? Ted Lasso? Stranger Things? Hacks? (Or GiGi’s favorite, Only Murders In The Building.) What exactly do these strong shows have in common? Clear, concise character arcs? A clear world? Emotional or physical stakes? Snappy dialogue? If your answer is “all of the above” then you are already in tune with what is needed to create an interesting and compelling script.

With GiGi’s guidance, you will examine all aspects of story development, as well as write the first five pages of your own TV script. Please note that having Final Draft software is not a requirement for this course, but it is recommended and necessary in order to adhere to the proper formatting for submitting your work to festivals or competitions.

No worries about what level of writer you are. Whether you are a seasoned writer or a true
beginner, all that is required is that you have an interest in creating a TV script. That, and a willingness to have a good time and a few laughs over the course of seven weeks.

GiGi Rios New is a writer for the HBO Max series The Garcias and has developed TV shows for Matthew Broderick and Olivia Colman. Her screenplay Public Emily is in development with Emmy-nominated AGC Studios. Killer Films Production Company (Still Alice, Carol, Boys Don’t Cry, Halston – Netflix series) is attached to GiGi’s original TV show Mercy, and she has written a TV movie for Lifetime Television. GiGi served as a writing assistant on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.

NOTE: Live on Zoom. In-person for the FULLY VACCINATED!

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