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Monday, July 17, 2023

Scripthealer: New Writing for Television Workshops with Francine Volpe & Aurin Squire

Playwright Francine Volpe (P-Valley, Tokyo Vice) has packed everything she knows about developing and writing content for television into this intimate, interactive ZOOM course taught with Aurin Squire (The Good Fight, Evil). Taught over two weekends in the evenings (August 4-6th, and August 11-13th, 6-9:30 ET) these classes are a perfect way for playwrights to begin developing their work for television or go to the next level in developing their craft. Class size is limited. To sign up email scripthealer@yahoo.com.

Weekend One: Solid Foundations, Well Built Stories, 8/4-6, 6-9:30 ET


Distinguishing the Medium – Instructor, Francine Volpe

Understanding the foundations of our greatest TV series from All in The Family to I May Destroy You will set you on the right path to preparing for and writing your original script. You’ll learn the fundamental principles of television writing with a focus on the underlying structures and expectations of the medium. You’ll leave class with a template to ensure that you have every necessary element to build your show on a solid foundation.


Developing and Pitching Your Series
– Instructor, Aurin Squire

Now that you have assembled all the elements, how do you expand your ideas into a fully fleshed-out TV show? Aurin Squire will show you how to develop your thoughts into a compelling idea that meets the industry standard. This includes creating supporting characters, a pilot storyline, and an arc for the first season and beyond. He will help you seed your personal connection to the material and show you how to pitch it all vividly and concisely to engage buyers. You will leave class with a blueprint for pitching your show.


Writing the Pilot – Instructor, Francine Volpe

This is a walk through of all aspects of the craft of dramatic and visual storytelling. Each pilot script is a gem that must be cut differently – but no less carefully. Video clips from existing television shows will be shown to demonstratively convey principles and reveal many different techniques. Focus is put on the practical application of principles so that you will leave class with lasting tools and energized to begin writing your pilot.

Weekend Two: The Writers Room, Workshop & Practice, 8/11-13, 6-9:30 ET

Friday, August 11th

Aurin Squire will spend lead you through an interactive “mock writers’ room”. You will learn how to perform on the job. Aurin and Francine will also teach you exactly how they prepare and nail general meetings and staffing interviews. This is an invaluable class for anyone interested in writing professionally.

Saturday, August 12th, Sunday August 13th

Here's where we hear from you! Francine Volpe and special guest Showrunners will listen to your pitches, or offer mock general meetings or mock staffing interviews. This individual feedback is offered to improve your chances of success. 

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