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TV Structure for Pilot Writing Killer TV Pilot Architecture Clinic

Online Jul 13 (1 Saturday Morning)10:30am - 1:30pm Pacific$953 Spots Left

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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.

FrasierWriting a TV pilot is a tall order for anyone and without firm footing, your feet are as good as clay. Fortunately, whether you’re writing a thriller set in outer space or an angsty teen romance set on a Montana ranch there’s a set of basic principles that will help you consistently arrive at “the end.” In this one-day structure clinic, successful TV writer Farhan Arshad (Co-EP, FRASIER, UPLOAD, 3 Pilots) will help you apply the toolset of the scribe to root your story in a clearly defined genre, give it a rock-solid spine and compelling arcs that launch your pilot firmly into series.

Through inspiring lectures, fun writing exercises and Q & A, you’ll learn how to craft an irresistible spine that will never lead you astray. By the end of the class, you’ll have all the necessary tools at your disposal to put your TV series on firm footing! Topics include: Act breaks, ABC Stories, reversals, twists, arcs, weaves, cliffhangers, blows and more.

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.

Farhan Arshad


Farhan Arshad is a TV writer. He currently serves as Co-EP of FRASIER (Paramount+). Previously, he wrote on THE PRADEEPS OF PITTSBURGH (Amazon) which will be released in 2024, UPLOAD (Amazon), THE MS. PAT SHOW (Paramount+ and BET+) and four seasons of CBS's MAN WITH A PLAN. Farhan also sold two original TV pilots to CBS two years in a row and a pilot starring comedian Russell Peters to Bell Media with Cineflix producing. He was in Sony Pictures' 2022 Showrunner Trainee Program, a Disney Storytellers Program Honoree and a writer/Script Coordinator on ABC's DR. KEN. During the program, he also sold an original pilot to Disney Channel. Farhan has an MFA in Writing for Screen and Stage from Northwestern and was selected for Comedy Central's exclusive Rock-tern program, founded by Chris Rock, where he got to write jokes for The Daily Show and Colbert Report. Farhan also holds a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing and Political Science from Emory University. MORE