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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 Stacy Traub (Showrunner The Real O’Neals, EP Black-ish) where you’ll pitch on series stories and learn what it takes to make you a success on staff.

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.

18 padders have been staffed & 9 won fellowships at ABC, Fox, CBS and NBC after taking our TV classes.

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

Stacy Traub

Showrunner Black-ish, The Real O'Neals

Stacy Traub just finished a season showrunning BLACKISH for ABC and was a showrunner on THE REAL O'NEALS for two seasons. While writing and producing on GLEE (FOX) and TROPHY WIFE (ABC) and KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL (FOX), Stacy developed numerous pilots including, WASHINGTONIENNE (HBO), MIDDLE AGE RAGE (ABC), OTHER PEOPLE'S KIDS (ABC), DIRTY BLONDES (FOX) and THE MASON TWINS (NBC). She also wrote on SPIN CITY (ABC), SUDDENLY SUSAN (NBC), and WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU (WB). Stacy also created and executive produced NOTES FROM THE UNDERBELLY, with Warner Brothers Studios, which ran for two seasons on ABC. Stacy began her career as a writer's assistant on MAD ABOUT YOU. MORE