Learn How To Create a TV Series at NYFA
Creating a television series requires more than just a script; it requires creating a web of characters, a fully-realized world, a sustainable story engine and a specific voice for your series. In the 15-Week Online Television Pilot Workshop, students already familiar with television format and structure will learn how to write a television pilot. To attend, students must have completed our 15-Week Online Television Spec Workshop or submit a formatted TV script with their application.
Program DescriptionProgram Name: 15-Week Online Television Pilot Workshop
Prerequisite: 15-Week Online Television Spec Workshop (or submission of a TV spec script they have written)
During our 15-Week Online Television Pilot Workshop, students come up with ideas for possible TV series. Working with their instructor and class, they will pick one to develop and create a series proposal that details the world, characters and themes of their series. They will then break down the story of the pilot before writing a TV script for that pilot.
After completing this workshop, many students apply for our 15-Week Online Screenplay Rewrite Workshop, where they learn how to revise and polish the first draft of their pilot script.
To learn more about NYFA’s screenwriting workshops, see NYFA’s Course Catalog or request more information.
At NYFA’s Screenwriting School, students complete a number of projects that mirror the role of a professional screenwriter. In the 15-Week Online Television Pilot Workshop, students create their own original pilot script and series proposal for an original half-hour or hour-long television series. To learn more, visit our projects page.
This workshop will meet weekly on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Pacific Time/8 p.m. Eastern Time. Students will meet once per week for 3 hours (two 1.5-hour sessions with a 30-minute break).
This workshop is a live video class held once a week over Zoom. Students interact with the class between classes digitally, using feedback from the instructor. In the instance that time restrictions prevent attendance, students are welcome to catch up using class recordings and communicate with the instructor and their peers digitally. The class interacts on an electronic course portal, where recordings, video lessons, assignments, and writing lessons are posted. Instructors are also available electronically for guidance and support.
To attend and get the most from our remote workshop, we recommend that students have access to a laptop, a strong internet connection, as well as a quiet place to attend their classes and work on their writing. During the online workshops, students may use their preferred screenwriting software, however, they are able to obtain a discounted download code of Final Draft software from the Bursar.
Please note: Equipment, curriculum, and projects are subject to change and may vary depending on location. Students should consult the most recently published campus catalog for the most up-to-date curriculum.