12-Week Evening Television Writing Workshop

Learn How To Write For Television

In NYFA’s 12-Week Evening TV Writing Workshop, students learn the fundamental concepts and techniques for writing for television. During this program, students study and practice the craft of writing by focusing on concepts such as story, structure, character, conflict, story engines, and dialogue.

Under the guidance of professional screenwriters, students work in an intensive and focused environment, which provides a solid structure for writing and meeting creative deadlines. This is a part-time workshop held in the evenings.

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Workshop DescriptionWorkshop Name: 12-Week Evening Television Writing Workshop

During this hands-on workshop, students get practical experience in screenwriting, learning the development techniques of the writer’s room, as well as how to write a script for television. To establish fundamental knowledge in the craft, students also study existing shows and their format and structure, create episode ideas for those shows, develop an idea for an original series, build a series proposal for it, and write the pilot script.

Throughout the program, students will engage in discussion and critique of their writing, as well as their classmates’ writing. During the workshop, students able to obtain a discounted download code of Final Draft software from the Bursar.

NYFA also offers the possibility to learn screenwriting from anywhere through a variety of online screenwriting workshops.

To learn more about NYFA’s screenwriting workshops, see NYFA’s Course Catalog or request more information.

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Class Details

Introduction to Television
This course introduces students to the basics of writing for television, with an eye towards helping them develop their idea in the workshop classes. Students will explore the core concepts and structure of both half hour and hourlong television, and study scenes from existing television series to help students decide what they will need when building their series. Students will develop ideas for existing series and workshop practice scenes to build their television writing skills. Lessons include: Story Engines, World Building, Season Arcs, and Characters.

Television Pilot Workshop
In Television Pilot Workshop, students will develop the concept and voice of an original television series of their creation, before writing the script for the pilot episode. Students will initially pitch several ideas for a series. Once students choose their series idea, they will pitch, plot, outline the story and create a series proposal. Once this is done, they will write a first draft of the pilot script.

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This is a part-time program held in the evenings from:

  • New York campus: 7 PM to 9:30 PM EST
  • Los Angeles campus: 7:40 PM to 10:20 PM PST

To learn more, please request information.

School Alumni

Mickey Fonseca  

Mickey Fonseca

Writer | Director | Producer

Malena Vain  

Malena Vain


New York Film Academy graduate Meshal Al Jaser  

Meshal Al Jaser

Writer | Actor | Director



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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.