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TV Structure for Pilot Writing Killer TV Pilot Architecture Clinic

Online Oct 3 (1 Saturday Afternoon)2:30pm - 5:30pm Pacific$952 Spots Left

21 Spots Left

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.

structure-diagramWriting 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 love 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, TV writer Tyler Dinucci (American Gods, Drop Dead Diva) 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.

33 padders have been staffed & 16 won fellowships at ABC, Fox, CBS and NBC after taking our TV classes.

Note: This class will be limited to 25 students.

How our online classes work:

Online classes can be attended from anywhere with an internet connection. You’ll be able to see and hear both your teacher and your fellow students. For the best experience, we recommend attending online classes in a quiet space, and using headphones or a headset.

If you are unsure of whether your computer can handle video conferencing, please review the system requirements.


Tyler Dinucci

American Gods, Drop Dead Diva, 1 Pilot

Tyler is a Staff Writer on Apple+’s season one of CALLS and in summer 2020, he sold a half-hour (horror) drama pilot with Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games, Red Sparrow) attached to produce and direct. Before that, he was a Staff Writer on season two of AMERICAN GODS, the Critics' Choice nominated Starz series based on the Hugo and Nebula winning novel by Neil Gaiman. He first cut his teeth writing on the legal dramedy DROP DEAD DIVA on Lifetime. Before becoming a TV writer, Tyler spent six years as a writer’s assistant and production assistant on STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, RAY DONOVAN, and SONS OF ANARCHY. Tyler has a B.A. in English and Political Science from Bucknell University. MORE