After a long hiatus, the NUEA/CAAN TV Writers Room is back!
The TV Writers Room is a “break story group” for television writers that the NUEA hosts in conjunction with Columbia College’s alumni network. The group mimics the “writers room” process of outlining to help members tighten structure, write first drafts more efficiently, and have more fun writing.
The group will break stories for both spec scripts of existing TV shows and for spec pilots. For the sake of time, members pitching a pilot will are asked to bring in handouts with a logline, synopsis, and character breakdowns.
Members pitching specs or spec pilots must bring in several story ideas that imply a beginning, middle, and end (with act breaks). As a group, we choose an A story (and possibly B, C, or even a D if we have time) and break the script into a workable outline. We take turns at the dry-erase board and on laptops so that the originator of the idea will leave with the outline, ready to start his or her first draft.
The group is limited to the outline process and does not read or critique scripts. Members are encouraged to exchange scripts among each other for peer review. To participate, writers must have a thorough understanding of TV structure and are asked to submit a writing sample. The group will meet monthly on Tuesday evenings.
Tuesday, March 1st
Columbia College Hollywood
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