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Delectable Dramas and Scrumptious Sitcoms Pt II (Sat., Feb. 6) is new. It’s not on the Writing Pad site yet. Below is the description. Writing prompt is also below.
Delectable Dramas and Scrumptious Sitcoms Pt II
Ever thought your quirky co-workers or soapy love life could make a great TV show? They can be! With brand new writing exercises, we’ll help you mine your life for the kinds of characters and stories that networks, producers, and audiences find irresistible. Whether you want to create the next Mad Men or Modern Family, we’ll help you brainstorm an exciting premise, and you’ll learn what producers and execs look for in sell-able pilots and series. By the time you leave, you’ll have drafted a one-sheet to pitch your next sitcom, drama, or reality show.
Note: Delectable Dramas and Scrumptious Sitcoms Pt I is NOT a prerequisite for this class. Includes new writing exercises and mini-lecture.
Instructor: Chad Gervich
Chad is a television producer, bestselling book author, and award-winning playwright. As an executive at the Littlefield Company/Paramount Television and NBC Studios, Chad helped develop and maintain scripted series and pilots for ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, UPN, and the WB. As a writer and producer, he has worked on numerous scripted and reality shows for both TV and the Internet, including The Wanda Sykes Show (Fox),Wig Out (Warner Bros.), Spellbound (The Weinstein Company), Foody Call (Style Network), Celebrity Drive-By (E!), Speeders (TruTV), and Reality Binge (Fox). Chad has also worked in production on such shows as Malcolm in the Middle, Girls Club, and Star Search. He is the author of Small Screen, Big Picture: A Writer’s Guide to the TV Business (Random House/Crown), and he writes regularly for Variety, Writers Digest, Fade In, Moving Pictures, and Orange Coast. Chad holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and an MFA in Playwriting from UCLA.
Saturday, February 6
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $75 ($65 for continuing students)
Includes gourmet brunch tasting plates
Writing Prompt: Make a list of 5 things that you believed when you were a kid. For instance, I believed that if I held my blanket up to my chin, a vampire would not bite me. Pick one item off of your list and add a sensory description to it (ex. fluffy soft, down comforter). Then write about it for 10 minutes and post it in the comments of this blog!
Comment on this blog: what did you believe when you were a child? Write about that for 10 minutes and post it in the comments. You could win a free class, and I’ll only tell you what I like and remember.