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New York Film Academy Online Screenwriting

15-Week Online Television Spec Workshop

15-Week Online Television Spec Workshop Overview

In this workshop, you will learn how to write for television!


  • Students will meet once per week for 3 hours (two 1.5-hour sessions with a 30-minute break).
  • This workshop will meet weekly on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Pacific Time/8 p.m. Eastern Time.


In the television industry, a spec script is a script of an existing series, written to demonstrate the writer’s ability to master the style, format and voice of a show they did not create. In this 15-week online screenwriting class, students learn how to write a spec script by studying half-hour and hour-long television series currently on the air, while learning the basics of television structure and format. They learn how to develop ideas for an existing TV series, and how to examine and analyze the structure and story engine for shows already on the air. Once they pick a series, students develop an episode idea, break it down to fit the structure of the series, and then write a spec episode.

A live video class is held once a week via Zoom. If time restrictions prevent attendance for individual class sessions, students can catch up via recordings of the class and communicate with each other and the instructor digitally. However, please make sure these times work for you overall as missing too many sessions will diminish the effectiveness of the class. In between sessions, students interact with the class digitally, with feedback provided by the instructor.

Video lessons will be made available for viewing through our course Portals. Written lessons and assignments are posted for critique and the class interacts on an electronic course Portal. Instructors are available electronically for support.

The class meets once per week for 3 hours (two 1.5-hour sessions with a 30-minute break).

Additional video lessons are posted online and may be viewed according to a student’s personal schedule. Outside coursework will vary in time based on the student’s writing speed but usually takes 1-4 hours per week.

Deliverables: Spec script for a Half-Hour or Hour-Long television series


To enroll and hold a place in an online screenwriting course, a student must submit a $500 deposit, which is non-refundable and will be applied towards the tuition. Full payment is due no later than 30 days prior to the start of the course.

If a student cancels enrollment in an online screenwriting course, the following applies:
  • The $500 deposit is not refundable under any circumstances unless New York Film Academy cancels the course. Program fees (minus the deposit) are refundable until 30 days prior to the start of the program. No refunds are available after 30 days prior to the start of the course.
  • In order to cancel, an enrolled student must contact our admissions office in writing. Failure to cancel prior to the 30-day deadline will result in a bill for the full program fee.
In the event that New York Film Academy cancels a program, all enrolled students will be notified immediately and given a full refund of program fees.
TUITION: $ 2,000 (USD)
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