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Writing For Television: Where to Begin

February 23 - April 13, 2023: Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (eight sessions)


This unique course is designed for creative aspiring writers with no prior experience, as well as those with screenwriting experience, wishing to break into television writing. Learn in an interactive environment the basics of creating, writing, and presenting your first television script for both drama and/or comedy, including how to take your idea to the next step and create a complete half-hour or one-hour television script. The course will cover:

  • The steps usually taken for a first-time television writer towards writing the first script (general idea, character development, style, story acts, etc.)
  • Structure
  • Character development
  • The importance of your first script as a calling card
  • How to find an agent and get your script read
  • Who should you be writing for
  • Who does what job on a television series
  • The outlets for new shows and new ideas
  • Developing your idea
  • The best way to write for you
  • The Writers’ Room
  • The collaboration process
  • Overview of winning past and current television show scripts
  • Feedback on your current concepts, outline, scenes and scripts

Students will be emailed several TV scripts in PDF format prior to the first-class session (and possibly more during the course) to be read if possible before the class. We’ll also be viewing videos related to the topics throughout the class.

For a complete course schedule, email Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org

Access Program
We want our classes to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. Our Access Program offers class registrations at a reduced rate. The access program for writing classes covers 60% of the class tuition. Most writing classes have at least one access spot available.

Please apply here for access rate tuition. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org if you have questions.




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Bo Kaprall

Bo Kaprall is a writer for Saturday Night Live and has been a television show creator, creative director, writer, producer, and executive producer for such network series as Laverne & Shirley, Friends, Norman Lear's Year At the Top and countless network tv pilots. He has written for variety shows & situation comedies; including The Carol Burnett Show and Welcome Back Kotter. He started his career in Chicago as a writer/ producer in the advertising business and as an actor at Chicago's Second City, and is currently developing non-scripted shows for HGTV, A&E, Discovery, and WGN America. Bo recently completed two original 30 minute branded web-series for General Mills Inc. and throughout his career has created and executive produced shows for ABC, NBC, CBS, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Discovery, TLC, HGTV, and thousands of radio commercials, winning several Cleo & Radio Best Awards.
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