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Sitcom Writing 1

The sitcom is no joke. It is a specialized, highly competitive form of screenwriting that has its own sets of rules, expectations, and required skills. For those wishing to break into TV writing, the front door is the “spec” script. A spec script, a sample episode for a current popular TV series, is an indispensable tool for selling your talents in the television marketplace. This course investigates the half-hour episodic TV comedy form and gives students the fundamental tools necessary to conceive and execute a sitcom teleplay.

  • Programs:
  • Format: Online
  • Section: A
  • Course Number: CRN 1313 - NSRW 0385 A
  • Caplin, Loren-Paul
Jun 01 - Jul 26
Summer 2020
CRN 1313
What you will learn
  • How to research a popular half-hour comedy, learn its secrets, and develop techniques for developing premises, story generation, outlining, structuring, scene writing, and editing - all in collaboration with other student writers.
  • How to write in the voice, tone, and style of an established show completing a beat sheet, episode diagram, and draft of a complete spec script for a current half-hour comedy show and progress as far as possible towards polishing it.
  • Students get an overview of the business of the sitcom, the current comedy series marketplace, and breaking in as a writer.
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