Advanced Workshops in Screenwriting and Writing for Television

Advanced Workshops

If you have met the requirements to enroll in an advanced workshop, you must email the Professional Programs office at professionalprograms@tft.ucla.edu to enroll. 

We announce our advanced workshops about six weeks before each quarter begins here on this page and on our private alumni page. Enrollment is first-come, first-served.

Students who successfully complete three Advanced Workshops in Screenwriting or Writing for Television receive a certificate of completion. Workshops do not have to be taken consecutively in order to receive the certificate.

All advanced workshops take place online.

 

Winter 2023 Schedule

Winter 2023 ADVANCED ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN.

ADVANCED WORKSHOP IN SCREENWRITING AND WRITING FOR TELEVISION

Announcing the Winter 2023 Advanced Screenwriting and Writing for Television Workshop Online.  This is a special advanced workshop. To take this workshop, you must write a thriller, horror, or sci-fi script. (More info below.)

Thursdays, on Zoom, 6pm to 9pm Pacific Time, beginning January 5, 2023.

Tuition: $1750

Instructor: Will Honley

Here’s the description Will wrote for this special class: 

“In this advanced workshop, students will write either a feature script or pilot in the thriller, horror, or sci-fi genres. Over the course of ten weeks, we'll examine the conventions of these genres and discuss methods for adhering to those conventions while subverting audience expectations. Additionally, we'll explore common challenges that these genres present to writers and develop strategies for how to overcome them, such as streamlining the rules of the world, methodically embedding exposition, creating relatable character stakes, and extracting the maximum amount of conflict from your premise.”

Here’s Will’s bio: 

Will has more than a decade of experience writing for film and television. Originally from Missouri, he spent his first several years in Los Angeles haunting the halls of UCLA, graduating from both the Professional and MFA Programs. Will has sold or optioned material to Sony, Universal, Blumhouse Productions, Davis Entertainment, Automatik Entertainment, Crypt TV and Original Films. His script Flashback, written when he was still in grad school, was featured on the annual Blacklist. Will's feature credits include The HiveBloodline and Escape Room: Tournament of Champions. His original screenplay, Blood, directed by Brad Anderson and starring Michelle Monaghan, is slated to be released next year. On the television side, Will sold his original pilot, Reset, to NBC. In addition to his solo work, Will adapted the novel Verity for Amazon Studios with his writing partner, April Maguire. The two of them also sold an original thriller series to NBC, and their original sci-fi spec, Amelia, is set up with Stampede Ventures and Sam Raimi's Ghost House.

Rules for participation in this worksop:

This ten-week workshop will be a mix of screenwriters and TV writers. To take this workshop, you must write a thriller, horror, or sci-fi script.

Students who previously completed the Professional Program in Screenwriting may either rewrite a feature screenplay they have already completed, or write an entirely new feature screenplay within the ten-week quarter. (They cannot write TV scripts in this workshop.)

Students who previously completed the Professional Program in Writing for Television may either rewrite an original TV pilot they have already completed, or write an entirely new TV pilot within the ten-week quarter. (They cannot write feature screenplays in this workshop.)

Please note: Advanced workshops in Screenwriting and Writing for Television are only available to students who have successfully completed the Professional Program in Screenwriting or Writing for Television.

This workshop is limited to ten students. 

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