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TV Structure and Spec 1 TV Writing Fellowship Spec Script Workshop

LA – East Jan 26, Feb 2, Feb 9, Feb 16, Feb 23 (5 Sat. Mornings)10:30am - 1:30pm$5251 Spot Left

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In Hollywood, a “spec” or sample script of an existing TV show, is both your calling card and required training for any staff writing gig. It’s also a submission requirement for most of the coveted studio TV writing fellowships. Deconstructing a current television show is the best way to learn the craft and structure of TV writing and an essential step to writing great original pilots. To write a spec and understand what to look for in breaking down a TV show properly, you’ll need the insight that only an experienced professional can offer. In this five-week Los Angeles TV Structure and Spec Writing Workshop, successful TV writer Miguel Ian Raya (Once Upon A Time, ABC Fellow) will help you choose the right show for your tone, gifts and voice and teaches you important craft and structure tools that will help you write great shows of your own that will attract agents, execs, fellowship managers and top talent.

In this class, you’ll find the killer high concept episode that showcases your voice and avoids the rookie mistakes. Miguel will teach you how to mimic a show’s writing style, script formatting and presentation that demonstrates that you’re an experienced insider. In this intimate (9 student max) 5 week intensive, through lively craft lectures and in-class workshopping, you’ll digest your show’s structure, living and breathing its characters, arcs and themes.

By the end of this class, you’ll have completed a solid beat sheet of your spec episode so you can write that fellowship-winning draft(hopefully)! 16 padders have been staffed and 8 won fellowships at ABC, Fox, CBS and NBC after taking our TV classes. Note: If you’ve never taken a TV writing class before, we strongly recommend you take the 1 night TV Fundamentals class in addition to this class.

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Miguel Ian Raya

Once Upon A Time, Stuck in the Middle

Miguel Ian Raya was a Disney/ABC TV Writing Program fellow. He went on to write and produce on Freeform’s “Famous In Love” and Disney Channel’s “Stuck In The Middle”, and ABC’s “Once Upon A Time”. He's worked for some of film and television’s top creative minds (producer Brian Grazer, director Michel Gondry and Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz). On his road to becoming a TV writer, he earned a law degree from USC and an MFA from Columbia University, where he also authored a musical and was awarded the Richard Rodgers Scholarship. MORE