Lee Goldberg and I will be teaching an online course on television writing through the spanking new Writers' University starting next month. My own natural modesty prevents me from plugging it too hard... so I'll just put the course description here, in case anyone is interested...
In this four week course, two established executive producers/showrunners will give you an inside look at the world of episodic television. You will learn - and practice - the actual process involved in successfully writing a spec episodic script that will open doors across Hollywood. You will learn how to analyze a TV show and develop "franchise"-friendly story ideas. You will develop and write a story under the direction of the instructors, who will be acting as showrunners... and then, after incorporating their notes, you will be sent off to write your outline. Finally, you will develop and refine your outline with the instructors, leaving you at the end of the course ready to write your episodic spec script...the first step in getting a job on a TV series.
For more information like, for instance, what it costs or what other classes are being offered, check out the Writers University website, cleverly called www.writersuniversity.com.
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For more information like, for instance, what it costs or whatother classes are being offered, check out the Writers University website, cleverly called www.writersuniversity.com.

Thanks for the link interesting class.
And even a picture of the Rabkin/Goldberg team (though I don't know who's who). Geeze, I thought you would both be older. You must have ten (or so) when you broke into television.
Now I feel really old.

RonB
"There's a story there...somewhere"
Isn't it even incredibly harder to get into writing for TV, than for film?
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Isn't it even incredibly harder to get into writing for TV, than for film?

No.

"Scriptwriting is the toughest part of the whole racket, the least understood and the least noticed."
Frank Capra
Isn't it even incredibly harder to get into writing for TV, than for film?

No.

Unless your "of a certain age", evidently. Not speaking from personal experience, mind you, because I've never tried to break into TV writing, but ageism is generally regarded as a tougher barrier to crack in the TV writing world than in the feature world at least, that seems to have been the conventional wisdom in the recent past. Am I wrong? Is that changing?
Gene
No.

Unless your "of a certain age", evidently. Not speaking from personal experience, mind you, because I've never tried to break ... at least, that seems to have been the conventional wisdom in the recent past. Am I wrong? Is that changing?

It all depends. On the show. On the producer. On your personal bio.

The edifference, I think, is that there's very little point in writing a spec TV show except as a sample, because it has zero chance of being made.
And it has very little chance of being seen if you are unproduced and unrepresented... and those are pretty big barriers.

A feature spec ototh does have at leas some theoretical chance of gettign sold or optioned. And a bewtter chance of being read.

However, the reality is it won't in all likelihood be made, but will serve as a good sample for... TV work!
I said "No" simply because there is a lot more TV being made than film, and there is a hunger for cometent writers.
As for ageism, I really don't know.
It's much less of a factor in Canada, that's for sure.

"Scriptwriting is the toughest part of the whole racket, the least understood and the least noticed."
Frank Capra
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Lee Goldberg and I will be teaching an online course on television writing through the spanking new Writers' University starting ... prevents me from plugging it too hard... so I'll just put the course description here, in case anyone is interested...

How is the course conducted? (The "course tour" on the web site only says "coming soon...") Do you post reading material and then the students post coursework back to you? Or is there some sort of streaming media (podcast!)?

-ksharp
If you're only going to take one screenwriting class this year, take mine.
If you're going to take two, take Rabkin's, too.
But no mater what you do - take a class from someone named Bill.

- Bill (memeber of the cabal of Bills)
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PS: I saw Bill & Lee speak at the Take One Bookstore and bought their book. The little lecture (with clips) was filled with common-sense information that I'd never thought of. Just the idea of using the title sequence of the TV show to figure out what's really important.
If you're only going to take one screenwriting class this year, take mine. If you're going to take two, take ... thought of. Just the idea of using the title sequence of the TV show to figure out what's really important.

The question on everyone's lips - who
gets top "Bill"ing, hmm...?
Paul :-)Nz
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