Learn How To Write a Spec Script at NYFA
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 Writing for TV Spec Workshop, 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.
Program DescriptionProgram Name: 15-Week Online Television Spec Workshop
During this online workshop, students 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.
After completing this workshop, many students apply to our 15-Week Online Television Pilot Workshop, where they will continue their idea and begin to write the first draft of their script.
To learn more about NYFA’s screenwriting workshops, see NYFA’s Course Catalog or request more information.
At NYFA, students complete a number of projects to gain real-world experience in their chosen discipline. In the 15-Week Online Television Spec Workshop, students complete projects such as a spec script for a half-hour or hour-long television series. To learn more, visit our projects page.
This workshop meets once per week for 3 hours in 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.
Students attend a live video class once a week via Zoom. If time restrictions prevent attendance, students can catch up via recordings of the class and communicate with each other and the instructor digitally. 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.
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.