Learn the guidelines and techniques for writing episodic television drama

In the last decade, episodic television dramas have virtually taken off, representing a wide array of themes from Homeland to Game of Thrones. This trend has opened up vast opportunities for a host of new skilled writers needed to meet the demands of weekly episodic programming. In this one-week workshop, students are exposed to the actual requirements and creative demands of episodic TV drama writers under the instruction of professionals working directly in the field. The workshop follows the structure of a writer's room, complete with pitching ideas, story lines, and dialogue. Working together, students build an outline for an hour-long TV episode. Individually and in teams, students create their own scenes, and time permitting, possibly an entire script. All participants are encouraged to bring laptops and a scriptwriting program such as Final Draft or Movie Magic Scriptwriter. By week's end, students in this workshop are able to draft scenes for an episode of a TV drama of their choice.


Angel Dean Lopez

Angel Dean Lopez has joined the writing and producing staffs of eight (and counting!) network one-hour television shows, including Judging Amy, New York Undercover, and Showtime's Sleeper Cell, as well as consulted on additional shows such as Private Practice and Angel. Most recently, he was head writer on the innovative NBC/Universal and Telemundo bilingual dramela series RPM Miami.  He has written drama pilots for CBS, The CW, and for WBTV.  In 2006, his spec pilot script "The Bent Dick Squad" was named a Best Unproduced Drama Pilot by Written By magazine. 

In addition to his television credits, he has completed feature film writing assignments for producers like Oliver Stone and Joel Silver and has written original feature screenplays optioned by studios and performers.

He continues to mentor and teach young writers, first as an instructor at UCLA Extension, and then as a visiting professor at Cal State Fullerton.  Raised in the San Gabriel Valley and North Texas, he holds a BA from Harvard University and an MFA from the School of Cinema-Television at USC.

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