Writing for Television 1
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Drama
Department: Playwriting
Course Number: TDRM 5355
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Playwriting
The class plan is for the MFA students to write their own one hour drama pilots, from the process of deciding what that pilot will be about, to outlining and writing a draft and then a revised draft. I will guide the students in carefully selecting a world and subject they are prepared to spend the next 5 years exploring. I will teach the structure of a typical network drama show. We will be watching and analyzing several episodes of one hour dramas including one's that I have written. The class will reflect on the manner in which television is changing, hopefully for the better for playwrights. My goal is to prepare the student's for TV in the 21st Century. I would like to leave the class a little less intimidated by the form, and eager to break new ground, claim new territory and telling newstories for a new generation of viewers.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Students who wish to enroll in a graduate theater course at The New School for Drama must be accepted into the graduate theater program as a full-time student.


Open to School of Drama students.


Open to Graduate students.


Open to New York City students.


Open to Playwriting students.