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Crime Scene Confidential: Mystery Writing For TV

Online Sep 14 (1 Saturday Morning)10:00am - 1:00pm Pacific$95Limited Spots

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Note: This is primarily a lecture class with some in-class exercises but not everyone will get to share their writing for feedback due to the seminar format.

Elizabeth Baxa What’s a surefire way to hook your audience on page one? Start with a mystery. Whether it’s a gruesome whodunit or a surprising white lie, we can’t resist a question mark. In this one-day workshop, you’ll explore the mechanics of this tried-and-true storytelling device through craft lectures, examples and in class writing exercises. Whether your genre is cozy, hard-boiled or procedural you’ll find your fluency with Chekhovian guns, red herrings and Macguffins! HBO’s PERRY MASON writer Elizabeth Baxa, takes you through the paces to build scintillating suspense and terrifying tension into your narrative. By the end, you’ll leave with a suite of literary devices to transform the unknown into a source of maximum drama and conflict for your lead. Trench coat and fedora not included.

After studying with us, our alums have landed 390 staff writing positions on shows including FARGO, PERRY MASON, AMERICAN BORN CHINESE, THE BROTHERS SUN, FRASIER and DAVE and won 168 fellowships/staffing program spots at organizations including Disney, NBCU, WB, Paramount & Disruptors.

Note: This class will be limited to 25 students.

Elizabeth Baxa

Story Editor, HBO'S PERRY MASON

Elizabeth was a staff writer on Season 2 of PERRY MASON (HBO) and a Story Editor on Season 3. She was a writers' room assistant on PERRY before she was hired as a staff writer, PLAYERS (Paramount+) and on two as-yet-unproduced drama series, one for Apple+ and Team Downey created by Adam Perlman (EP, BILLIONS) and one for Netflix and Upside Down Pictures created by Haley Z. Boston (BRAND NEW CHERRY FLAVOR). She's been hired to develop scripts and treatments for Netflix, Sony, Tremolo Productions and A-list talent. Elizabeth has an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA and a BA in English from the University of Virginia. She worked in independent film production and development before going back to school for writing. MORE