MASTER TV CERTIFICATE PROGRAM FAQ

Tim Minear (American Horror Story), Lee Shipman (Hemlock Grove), Angela Kang (The Walking Dead)

Tim Minear (American Horror Story), Lee Shipman (Hemlock Grove), Angela Kang (The Walking Dead)


HOW IS OUR PROGRAM DIFFERENT THAN OTHER PROGRAMS?
Writing Pad is the country’s leading creative writing school with locations in Westwood and the Arts District in Los Angeles, San Francisco and online. The school was founded in 2005 by writers and offers in-person and live-conferenced online writing classes in all genres taught by award-winning working writers & literary networking events/panels. Our program differs from others in that are classes taught in a space that mimics the experience of the writers’ room. We only hire working writers that have written on the top shows, managers who represent show runners, and execs at the top networks who are in a position to buy projects from or hire our students. We don’t hire people who haven’t worked in the industry in 10 years. Writing Pad prides itself on keeping class sizes small, so that each student gets individualized attention. We offer 4 script readings / private script feedback sessions, something many other school won’t do. And our instructors are pulled straight from today’s top shows.

 

WHY DO I NEED THIS PROGRAM?
Unless you have a will of steel, it can be difficult to keep yourself on schedule to meet your goals. Maybe you have discovered you need solid professional relationships, insider knowledge not accessible to the wider public, and a robust skill set that includes writing, pitching, stellar personal branding, top-notch interviewing skills, top-tier representation and the ability to hit the ground running in the writer’s room. Don’t put off your dream of becoming a working professional TV Writer for another day.

 

WHERE WILL MY CLASSES BE HELD?
Writing Pad has two locations in Los Angeles: East (688 S.Santa Fe Ave, #312, Los Angeles, CA 90021) and West (2452 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064). We also offer conferenced live online classes. Classes may be offered at any of these locations.

 

WHAT CLASSES ARE INCLUDED IN MY CURRICULUM?
To graduate from the comedy or drama program, students will complete the following classes:

 

FELLOWSHIP TRACKS:
One full round of Spec Classes, and one full round of Pilot Classes. (Please note the class prices below are based on purchasing the program all at once. The cost may differ if the classes are purchased individually.)
 
Comedy Fellowship
Spec I (5 WK): Students outline a spec of an existing show that highlights their originality and voice. $435
Spec Draft II (10 WK): Students take their outline to a completed first draft. $930
Spec 1 on 1*: Students polish their first draft via two rounds of one on one feedback with their advisor. Includes 1/2 hr. meeting via phone, web conference or in person. $600
Pilot I (5 WK): Students take an original high-concept premise to a detailed outline. $435
Pilot II Draft (10 WK): Students take their outline to a completed first draft. $930
Pilot 1 on 1*: Students polish their first draft via two rounds of one on one feedback with their advisor. Includes 1/2 hr. meeting via phone, web conference or in person. $600
Pitching (2 or 3 Day)**: Students learn how to pitch their pilots & personal stories to execs. $265
3-4 Events: Exclusive networking events with showrunners, agents, managers, and fellowship directors. $100

 
Drama Fellowship
Spec I (5 WK): Students outline a spec of an existing show that highlights their originality and voice. $435
Spec Draft II (10 WK): Students take their outline to a completed first draft. $935
Spec 1 on 1*: Students polish their first draft via two rounds of one on one feedback with their advisor. Includes 1/2 hr. meeting via phone, web conference or in person. $750
Pilot I (5 WK): Students take an original high-concept premise to a detailed outline. $435
Pilot II Draft (10 WK): Students take their outline to a completed first draft. $935
Pilot 1 on 1*: Students polish their first draft via two rounds of one on one feedback with their advisor. Includes 1/2 hr. meeting via phone, web conference or in person. $750
Pitching (2 or 3 Day)**: Students learn how to pitch their pilots & personal stories to execs. $165
3-4 Events: Exclusive networking events with showrunners, agents, managers, and fellowship directors. $100

 

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STAFFING TRACKS:
Two full rounds of Pilot Classes. (Please note the class prices below are based on purchasing the program all at once. The cost may differ if the classes are purchased individually.)
 
Comedy Staffing
Pilot I Class (5 WK): Students take an original high-concept premise to a detailed outline. $435
Pilot II Draft Class (10 WK): Students take their outline to a completed first draft. $930
Pilot 1 on 1*: Students polish their first draft via two rounds of one on one feedback with their advisor. Includes 1/2 hr. meeting via phone, web conference or in person. $600
Pilot I Class (5 WK): Students take an original high-concept premise to a detailed outline. $435
Pilot II Draft Class (10 WK): Students take their outline to a completed first draft. $930
Pilot 1 on 1*: Students polish their first draft via two rounds of one on one feedback with their advisor. Includes 1/2 hr. meeting via phone, web conference or in person. $600
Pitching (2 or 3 Day)**: Students learn how to pitch their pilots & personal stories to execs. $265
3-4 Events: Exclusive networking events with showrunners, agents, managers, and fellowship directors. $100
 
Drama Staffing
Pilot I Class (5 WK): Students take an original high-concept premise to a detailed outline. $435
Pilot II Draft Class (10 WK): Students take their outline to a completed first draft. $935
Pilot 1 on 1*: Students polish their first draft via two rounds of one on one feedback with their advisor. Includes 1/2 hr. meeting via phone, web conference or in person. $750
Pilot I Class (5 WK): Students take an original high-concept premise to a detailed outline. $435
Pilot II Draft Class (10 WK): Students take their outline to a completed first draft. $935
Pilot 1 on 1*: Students polish their first draft via two rounds of one on one feedback with their advisor. Includes 1/2 hr. meeting via phone, web conference or in person. $750
Pitching (2 or 3 Day)**: Students learn how to pitch their pilots & personal stories to execs. $165
3-4 Events: Exclusive networking events with showrunners, agents, managers, and fellowship directors. $100
 

Click here to check out the drama curriculum. Click here to check out the comedy curriculum.

 
*For Comedy pilots, the teacher will read a full draft twice. For Drama pilots, the teacher will initially read the 1st Act and outline of remaining beats and then a full draft after edits have been made.
 
**The Comedy pitching class is 3 sessions. The Drama pitching class is 2 sessions.
 
***Note: estimated cost for classes is based on regular pricing. Classes with Mike Ellis count towards the certificate program but are subject to additional fees.

 

Managers of NBC/Universal, Fox, ABC/Disney Fellowships and Michael Werwie Nicholl Fellow at our Fellowship panel

Managers of NBC/Universal, Fox, ABC/Disney Fellowships and Michael Werwie Nicholl Fellow at our Fellowship panel

 

WHAT ADDITIONAL PERKS ARE INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM?
-1 on 1 sessions where writers review your pilots and give personalized feedback (only available through our Certificate Program).
-Exclusive pitching and agent workshops.
-Invites to Writing Certificate Program mixers and events.
-A certificate upon completion of the program.
-Advanced notice of upcoming Program courses and enroll before the general public.
-Preferential placement on wait lists.
-Work with and get notes from the people who’re going to hire you for the next 20 years!
-Get access to Writing Pad’s professional network of working TV writers, show runners, agents, and managers.

 

HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST?
After the initial $200 program fee, classes are purchased individually. The estimated total cost of the Comedy track is $4295, and the estimated total cost of the Drama track is $4505. Payment plans are available for each class, for those who wish to pay for classes incrementally. For additional questions or information about payment plans or pay-as-you-go options, call 323-333-2954 or email info@writingpad.com.

 

IS THE PROGRAM FEE REFUNDABLE?
No.

 

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM?
We ask that our students complete the required classes within a year of signing up for the program. If you need to extend that timeframe for another year, there will be an additional $50 fee. Email info@writingpad.com for information on obtaining an extension.

 

WHICH TRACK SHOULD I TAKE?
If you are working on a half-hour comedy or dramedy you should take the comedy track. If you are working on a one-hour drama or dramedy, you should take the drama track.
Everyone starts the program at the same level. Students wishing to apply for the TV Writing Fellowships should take the spec class while students who wish to have two samples for staffing interviews should take the pilot class. Email info@writingpad.com with questions or for more detail.

 

DO MY CREDITS FROM OTHER WRITING PAD CLASSES CARRY OVER?
Maybe. If you have taken a TV Writing Pilot Class in the last six months and completed the deliverables from that class (mini show bible and pilot beat sheet) were completed to the satisfaction of your advisor.

 

ARE CREDITS FROM OTHER CLASSES TRANSFERRABLE?
No.

 

CAN I FAIL A CLASS?
Writing Pad does not offer grades, but we do expect students in the TV Writing Certificate program to attend all classes and complete all assigned work (reasonable exceptions will be granted). If you don’t regularly attend class, or don’t complete the required work, you may be asked to retake that class. That said, our goal is to make sure all students go through the program without needing to retake any classes.

 

WHERE CAN I SIGN UP?
Sign up here for Drama and here for Comedy.