Screenwriting & TV writing Courses & Workshops

Online screenwriting, TV writing courses and workshopsE-script’s online courses and workshops in screenwriting and television writing are offered in five- and 10-week terms, and you choose your own Monday start date. And now you can sign up for one of our self-directed courses, work at your own rate, and still receive professional feedback.

Or if you simply want one-time feedback, try our script consulting service.

Screenwriting courses and workshopsTV Writing courses and workshops
Screenwriting CourseWriting One-Hour TV Drama (a course)
Self-Directed Screenwriting CourseOne Hour TV Drama Workshop
Screenwriting WorkshopWriting Half-Hour TV Comedy, aka Sit-coms (a course)
Screenplay Script Consulting Service Self-Directed Half-Hour TV Comedy Course
Half-Hour TV Comedy Workshop

Screenwriting Course

E-script’s online E-course is a great training ground for beginning screenwriters, and a good place for more experienced screenwriters to polish their skills. Each week, registrants receive an online tutorial from veteran screen and TV professional Erica Byrne on a specific craft subject as well as a related exercise. You return assignments by e-mail, and receive feedback from the instructor in the same way. Erica will also be glad to respond to general questions and comments at any time.

Your course is highly individualized; Erica works one-on-one with you, and, unlike some other online screenwriting courses, we don’t ask you to provide feedback to other students. She’ll also be glad to respond to general messages and questions about screenwriting at any time. At the end of the course you also have the option to meet with Erica via phone, Skype, Google Hangout, or online chat. (If you’re not sure how the latter methods work, we’ll show you. They’re easy. And free.)

As the course is conducted largely by e-mail, you may work at your own convenience. Exercises can be done on their own, or applied to a script you want to begin or are already working on. Registrants in E-script screenwriting courses receive a 10% discount on a subsequent screenwriting workshop. (See What’s the difference between a course and a workshop?)

Fees: Five week course: $225.00 (U.S.) Course details here / Ten week course: $375.00 (U.S.) Course details here. The fee for 10-week courses may be paid in two installments; see enrollment page for details.

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Erica Byrne
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Self-Directed Screenwriting Course (not currently available)

Want to do the work on your own time, but still have the input of a professional on the final product? With our self-directed screenwriting course, you receive all 10 lessons and exercises upon registering. You work through them at your own speed and, while you won’t receive ongoing feedback as you would in our standard screenwriting course (see above), each exercise brings you one step closer to making a start on your script. By the end of the 10 lessons, you’ll have written the first 25 pages of a screenplay, which you can then send to veteran screen and TV writing professional Erica Byrne for her detailed feedback. You also have the option of a follow-up meeting with Erica via phone, Skype, Google Hangout, or online chat. (If you’re not sure how the latter methods work, we’ll show you. They’re easy. And free.)

Fee: $225 (U.S.).

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Erica Byrne
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Screenwriting Workshop

The E-script Screenwriting Workshop is for screenwriters who want to work on a new screenplay, or on a draft of a work-in-progress, with ongoing professional guidance. You have a choice of mentors: veteran screen and TV professional Erica Byrne, noted script consultant Olga Humphrey, or professional screenwriter John Jarrell. Send script material to your workshop leader by e-mail as often as you like; once weekly, you’ll receive feedback intended to help you in revision and to encourage your ongoing work. Your mentor will also be glad to respond to general comments and questions about screenwriting at any time.

Your workshop is highly individualized; your mentor works one-on-one with you, and, unlike some other online screenwriting workshops, we don’t ask you to provide feedback to other registrants. At the end of the course you also have the option to meet with the workshop leader via phone, Skype, Google Hangout, or online chat. (If you’re not sure how the latter methods work, we’ll show you. They’re easy. And free.)

As the workshop is conducted largely by e-mail, you may work at your own convenience. Writers who have been through an E-script screenwriting e-course receive a 10% discount. (See What’s the difference between a course and a workshop?)

Fees: Five week workshop: $225.00 (U.S.) / Ten week workshop: $375.00 (U.S.). The fee for 10-week courses may be paid in two installments; see enrollment page for details.

 

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Writing One-Hour TV Drama (A course)

To make your way as a writer of hour episodic television (action-adventure, drama, dramedy) you need a great spec script based on an existing show. Mirroring the process used in the “writer’s room” on current episodic series, this course guides you through creating the best story for your selected series. You begin by mapping it out from beginning to end with a beat sheet, move forward to executing a solid scene outline which will be the blueprint for executing your spec script. Each week’s lecture will assist you on capturing the tone and pace of your selected series. The focus will be to guide you through classic teleplay structure, parallel storylines, characters’ voices, scene construction, and dialogue. On the business side, you learn how to develop your career game plan.

Your course is highly individualized; Veteran TV writer Erica Byrne works one-on-one with you, and, unlike some other online courses, we don’t ask you to provide feedback to other students. Your instructor will also be glad to respond to general messages and questions about TV writing at any time. At the end of the course you also have the option to meet with Erica via phone, Skype, Google Hangout, or online chat. (If you’re not sure how the latter methods work, we’ll show you. They’re easy. And free.)

As the course is conducted largely by e-mail, you may work at your own convenience. Registrants in E-script TV writing courses receive a 10% discount on a subsequent TV writing workshop. (See What’s the difference between a course and a workshop?)

Fees: Five week course: $225.00 (U.S.) / Ten week course: $375.00 (U.S.) The fee for 10-week courses may be paid in two installments; see enrollment page for details.

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Erica Byrne
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One Hour TV Drama Workshop

In this workshop, you work on an episode for a one-hour TV drama (either an original idea or a spec script for an existing series) and receive weekly feedback and guidance from either of two experienced TV pros: writer and instructor Erica Byrne or writer-producer Mike Snyder. Once your script is finished and polished, your mentor will advise on how to use it as your calling card to the industry.

Your workshop is highly individualized; your mentor works one-on-one with you, and, unlike some other online workshops, we don’t ask you to provide feedback to other registrants. Your mentor will also be glad to respond to general messages and questions about TV writing at any time. At the end of the workshop you also have the option to meet with your mentor via via phone, Skype, Google Hangout, or online chat. (If you’re not sure how the latter methods work, we’ll show you. They’re easy. And free.)

As the workshop is conducted largely by e-mail, you may work at your own convenience. Writers who have been through an E-script TV writing e-course receive a 10% discount. (See What’s the difference between a course and a workshop?)

Fees: Five week workshop: $225.00 (U.S.) / Ten week workshop: $375.00 (U.S.). The fee for 10-week courses may be paid in two installments; see enrollment page for details.

 

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Writing Half-Hour TV Comedy, aka Sit-coms (A course)

To make your way as a writer of half-hour TV comedy (also known as sit-coms) you need a great spec script based on an existing show. Mirroring the process used in the “writer’s room” on a current episodic series, this TV writing course guides you through the process of creating a professional-level spec script for your selected comedy series. You begin by mapping out the story with a log-line, beat sheet, and outline — the blueprint for writing your spec script. Finally, you’ll begin writing the script itself. Each week’s lecture will assist you on capturing the tone and pace of your selected series, with emphasis on the A/B structure, developing compelling characters, and writing funny dialogue that “pops.” On the business side, you learn how to develop your career game plan, including tips for finding an agent.

Your course is highly individualized; veteran TV writer-producer Kevin Kelton works one-on-one to mentor you through the process, giving you notes along the way. And, unlike some other online courses, we don’t ask you to provide feedback to other students. Your instructor will also be glad to respond to general messages and questions about TV writing at any time. At the end of the course you also have the option to meet with Kevin via phone, Skype, Google Hangout, or online chat. (If you’re not sure how the latter methods work, we’ll show you. They’re easy. And free.)

As the course is conducted largely by e-mail, you may work at your own convenience. Registrants in E-script TV writing courses receive a 10% discount on a subsequent TV writing workshop. (See What’s the difference between a course and a workshop?)

Fees: Five week course: $225.00 (U.S.) / Ten week course: $375.00 (U.S.) The fee for 10-week courses may be paid in two installments; see enrollment page for details.

About
Kevin Kelton
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Self-Directed Half-Hour TV Comedy Course

Want to do the work on your own time, but still have the input of a professional on the final product? With our Self-Directed Half-Hour TV Comedy Course, you receive all 10 lessons and exercises upon registering. You work through them at your own speed and, while you won’t receive ongoing feedback as you would in our standard course (see above), each exercise brings you one step closer to making a start on your script. By the end of the 10 lessons, you’ll have completed your script, which you can then send to veteran TV writer-producer Kevin Kelton for his detailed feedback. You also have the option of a follow-up meeting with Kevin via phone, Skype, Google Hangout, or online chat. (If you’re not sure how the latter methods work, we’ll show you. They’re easy. And free.)

Fee: $225.00 (U.S.).

About
Kevin Kelton
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now

Half-Hour TV Comedy Workshop

In this workshop, you work on an episode for a half-hour TV comedy (either an original idea or a spec script for an existing series) and receive weekly feedback and guidance from veteran TV writer-producer Kevin Kelton. Once your script is finished and polished, your mentor will advise on how to use it as your calling card to the industry, including tips for finding an agent.

Your workshop is highly individualized; your mentor works one-on-one with you, and, unlike some other online workshops, we don’t ask you to provide feedback to other registrants. Your mentor will also be glad to respond to general messages and questions about TV writing at any time. At the end of the workshop you also have the option to meet with your mentor via via phone, Skype, Google Hangout, or online chat. (If you’re not sure how the latter methods work, we’ll show you. They’re easy. And free.)

As the workshop is conducted largely by e-mail, you may work at your own convenience. Writers who have been through an E-script TV writing course receive a 10% discount. (See What’s the difference between a course and a workshop?)

Fees: Five week workshop: $225.00 (U.S.) / Ten week workshop: $375.00 (U.S.). The fee for 10-week courses may be paid in two installments; see enrollment page for details.


Screenplay and TV script Consulting Service

Can’t spare the time for a course or workshop, but still want professional feedback on and help with your screenplay or television script? Then try our script consulting service.

Screenplays: Veteran screen and TV professional Erica Byrne, noted script consultant Olga Humphrey, or professional screenwriter John Jarrell will read your screenplay, provide a detailed set of notes, and then meet with you for one-hour via phone, Skype, Google Hangout, or online chat. (If you’re not sure how the latter methods work, we’ll show you. They’re easy. And free.) Fee: $200.

TV scripts: Veteran screen and TV professional Erica Byrne, noted writer and showrunner Kevin Kelton, or accomplished writer-producer Mike Snyder will read your script, provide a detailed set of notes, and then meet with you for one-hour via phone, Skype, Google Hangout, or online chat. (If you’re not sure how the latter methods work, we’ll show you. They’re easy. And free.) Fee: $200.

For both screenplays and TV scripts, you will receive five-to-10 pages of notes, double-spaced (exact length is at the discretion of the consultant) within 30 days of receipt of your script. Your consultant will schedule the follow-up meeting upon request, using the method you prefer, and at a mutually convenient time.

 

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