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Storytelling for TV Writers

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Want to have an engaging short story to pitch yourself on the fly when running into a creative exec, showrunner or agent at a party, networking event or in a meeting? How do you use your stories to pitch in a room or get staffed? Let 2x Moth GrandSLAM winner, Moth Host and successful screenwriter Matteson Perry share his tips for turning moments of your life into riveting elevator pitches that will leave listeners begging for more. You’ll practice those newfound storytelling skills in a special mock writer’s room with Melanie Marnich (Co-Executive Producer, The OA, The Affair) where you’ll pitch on series stories and learn what it takes to make you a success on staff.

theaffair By the end of class, you’ll learn how to structure a compelling 3-5 minute story and connect solidly with your audience. You’ll polish three types of stories: an origin story that helps you stand out from other TV writers, a personal experience that demonstrates who you are as a writer and what kinds of stories you like to tell, and a personal experience that you can pitch in a writers room to show that you are a good fit for a particular writing staff. By the end of this class, you’ll be able to pitch yourself like an expert.

Matteson Perry

Two Time Moth GrandSLAM winner, Moth Host

Matteson Perry is a performer, two-time winner of the Moth GrandSlam storytelling championship and a host of the Moth StorySlam in Los Angeles, and a screenwriter. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Modern Love, Playboy, McSweeney’s, and College Humor. Matteson’s memoir, “Available: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Hookups, Love and Brunch,” based on his storytelling essays and his Modern Love piece was published by Scribner in May 2016 and has been picked by ABC News and People a best new book of 2016. His work has been featured on NPR and several podcasts, including Unfictional, Risk!, and Storyworthy. He has sold two scripts “Guidance”, about a high school counselor who starts lying to help a wayward teen, will star Seann William Scott and “Cops and Robots” to BCDF Pictures in New York. MORE

Melanie Marnich

Co-Ep, The OA, The Affair

Melanie Marnich has been a Co-Executive Producer on The OA, The Affair. She has also written for The Big C and Big Love. Melanie is a Golden Globe-winning writer and an internationally produced, award-winning playwright. Her episode for Big Love, "Come, Ye Saints," earned her a Writers' Guild nomination and was named Best Television Episode of 2009 by Entertainment Weekly, rated third in TIME Magazine's list of 10 Best Episodes of 2009, and ranked in TV Guide's Best TV Episodes of All Time. Her plays have premiered at The Kennedy Center, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Baltimore Center Stage and The Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Humanitas Foundation. MORE