STORYWISE© TV SPEC AND PILOT TELESEMINAR, 2015
This is a 10-week program designed to help you write a high quality TV pilot AND spec script. In 10-weeks, I will teach you how to learn to write at a level that will help lead your script to a sale, get staffed on a show, place in a writing competition or get into one of the various writing programs. This course is everything that I teach in Writers on the Verge and more.
Last year we had over 100 writer participants from all over the world. You will not only learn all of the story tools that you need to succeed, you will gain the opportunity to be in a private community of writers. This community is a very valuable resource. You all will have the opportunity to learn from one another via networking, exchanging scripts and possibly starting your own writer groups.
I’ve seen the success from this course first-hand. Many of the writers who have taken this 10-week course have gone on to sell pilots, get staffed on TV shows and get into several of the prestigious writing programs. 27 of my writers have sold pilots… and 4 of them have gone to series.
The class takes place on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. PST. Each class will consist of a half-hour of instruction (you will receive these videos before each class to watch at your leisure.) Each call is approximately 2 – 2 ½ hours in length. On each call, we will go over the notes for the 4 writers participating at Level #3. You will have an opportunity to read their scripts and make your own notes each week. You will also get to share your notes with those writers directly. This is what we do in Writers on the Verge. It is a way to prepare you for being in the Writers’ Room. Then, five people that sign up each week will get an opportunity to pitch to a guest speaker. We all learn from hearing others pitch. This part of the program was designed to help you learn from the pitching style of others as well as give you the opportunity to pitch yourself. It’s an invaluable tool. Every level will have an opportunity to sign up for this.
At Level 1, you get to participate in all 10 classes. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community. You will also get to turn in a 1-2 page pitch document on your TV spec and TV pilot script. You will receive written feedback. You have up to a year after the course is finished to turn this in.
At Level 2, you get to participate in all 10 classes. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community. This level also includes a one-on-one consult for your TV spec and/or TV Pilot script.
FOR THE 10 WEEK COURSE PLUS A ONE ON ONE SPEC CONSULT
SERVICE FEE – $750.00
FOR THE 10 WEEK COURSE PLUS A ONE ON ONE PILOT CONSULT
SERVICE FEE – $875.00
FOR THE 10 WEEK COURSE PLUS A ONE ON ONE TV SPEC CONSULT & A ONE ON ONE TV PILOT CONSULT
SERVICE FEE – $1,500.00
At Level 2, there will be a rotating spot for people that sign up for Level 2 to rotate into Level 3 each week. So, there will be 10 opportunities for people at Level 2 to be at Level 3 for one week.
FOR RECEIVING FEEDBACK EVERY WEEK ON THE CALL (LIKE IN WRITERS ON THE VERGE) ON THE WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS AND A ONE ON ONE SPEC CONSULT & PILOT CONSULT
SERVICE FEE – $3,000.00
TAKING SUBMISSIONS – 4 SLOTS AVAILABLE, 2 DRAMA AND 2 COMEDY
At Level 3, you will receive feedback every week on your TV spec and/or TV pilot script. This includes written and verbal feedback. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community.
There are only 4 SLOTS for this level: two for drama and two for comedy. If you are interested in applying, you will need to submit 10 pages of a script. I will select 4 submissions out of everyone that submits and announce these slots in February. You can submit a full script but I will just read the first 10 pages. You can submit either a TV spec or pilot.
ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS NOW THROUGH FEBRUARY 17, 2015 AT NOON.
You can email your submissions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will announce the names of the 4 writers that made the 4 slots the following week.
* Since you do have to try out for this level, I will send the four participants that are selected and invoice for this amount through PayPal.
At Level 4, you will get to have a private one-on-one consult with me during every week of the Teleseminar. So, each week, you will turn in the assignment and we will meet on the concept, outline and three drafts of your TV spec and/or your TV pilot script.
FOR 10 ONE ON ONE CONSULTS THAT CAN BE USED ALONGSIDE THE TELESEMINAR OR SPREAD OUT. THIS INCLUDES WRITTEN/VERBAL FEEDBACK EVERY MEETING
SERVICE FEE – $4,000.00
The Level#3 writing assignments will be due the Saturday before each class. Everyone at each level will receive a copy of the assignments turned in by the Level #3 writers so that they may follow along as well as provide notes directly to the Level#3 writer.Levels #1 and #2, you will do the assignments on your own. No direct feedback is provided; however, this is where you can use the Facebook community of writers to exchange scripts weekly and get feedback.
GUEST SPEAKERSI will announce the list of guest speakers in January and February.
Week 1 – Tuesday March 3, 2015We will go over the notes for the concepts of the spec scripts for Level #3.
GUEST SPEAKER – MICK BETANCOURT
(CHICAGO PD, CHICAGO FIRE, IRONSIDE, etc.)
Mick will listen to 5 pitches from the participants. Each pitch will be three minutes long. Mick will critique each pitch. All levels will have the opportunity to sign up to pitch.
Week 2, Tuesday March 10, 2015
We will go over the notes for the outline of the spec scripts for Level #3.
GUEST SPEAKER – RICK MUIRRAGUI
(C0-Executive Producr – SUITS)
Rick will also listen to 5 pitches and critique them.
Week 3, Tuesday March 17, 2015We will go over the notes for the first draft of the spec scripts for Level #3.
GUEST SPEAKERS – PETER DESBERG AND JEFFREY DAVIS (COMEDY GUYS)
AUTHORS – “SHOW ME THE FUNNY”
Peter and Jeff will also listen to 5 pitches and give critiques.
WEEK 4, Tuesday, March 24, 2015
We will go over the notes for the second draft of the spec scripts for Level #3.
GUEST SPEAKER – KRISTA VERNOFF
(CONSULTING/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER – SHAMELESS, PRIVATE PRACTICE, GREY’S ANATOMY)
Krista will speak for a half hour about writing and take questions.
WEEK 5, Tuesday, March 31, 2015
We will go over the notes for the third draft of the spec scripts for Level #3.
* EASTER BREAK THE WEEK OF 4/7/15
WEEK 6, Tuesday, April 14, 2015
We will go over the notes for the concepts for the pilot scripts for Level #3.
STACY’S CREDITS – (CO-EP – TWISTED, THE LYING GAME)
CLARK’S CREDITS (PRODUCER – KAHLIL GIBRAN’S THE PROPHET, MONSTER, RAMPART)
WEEK 7, Tuesday April 21, 2015
We will go over the notes for the outlines for the pilot scripts for Level #3.
GUEST SPEAKER – NICHELLE TRAMBLE
(SUPERVISING PRODUCER- THE GOOD WIFE)
Nichelle will listen go 5 pitches and give critiques.
WEEK 8, Tuesday April 28, 2015
We will go over the notes for the first draft or first half of the first draft of the TV pilot scripts for Level #3.
GUEST SPEAKER – LEE JESSUP
AUTHOR – “GETTING IT WRITE: A SCREENWRITING CAREER”
WEEK 9, Tuesday May 5, 2015
We will go over the notes for the second draft or full-first draft of the TV pilot scripts for Level #3.
GUEST SPEAKER – MICHAEL NARCUCCI
(CO-EP – THE ORIGINALS, VAMPIRE DIARIES)
WEEK 10, Tuesday May 12, 2015
We will go over the notes for the third draft of the TV pilot scripts for Level #3.