Breaking Story for 1 Hour Network Procedural TV Dramas + Interactive Mock Writers' Room (Feb 2023)

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Class hosted by: Kate Sargeant

TV Writer (CASTLE, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, BLINDSPOT)

Kate Sargeant launched her writing career when she wrote, directed, and produced her original play REVOLVING DOOR in London. After its successful three-week run, Kate took her production on tour to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it received rave reviews. Since returning to the states, she has been staffed on multiple shows, including CASTLE, CSI CYBER, NCIS NOLA, BLINDSPOT, among others. She has also written, directed, and produced a few of her passion projects, including the short films CHANGING LANES, FACING LIFE, and ANOTHER FOREIGN CONCEPT. In addition, Kate launched an original web series that she wrote, directed, and produced called YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON THE INTERNET about our obsession with social media in the digital age. In 2020, Kate created a half-hour comedy series, VIRTUALLY SINGLE, which is streaming now. Full Bio »

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This Lab Is Limited To 10 Spots - Reserve Your Spot Now

Experience what it's like to work in a television writers' room while learning from a professional television staff writer.

It's hard enough to break an original story on your own, but how do the professionals do it as a group in a writers' room on an idea someone else created? Getting to work in a writers' room is the dream for many, but once you're in, the hard work is just beginning. This interactive lab shows you exactly how a writers' room operates by putting you in a mock room to create an episode from scratch as a team.

What is it really like to work in a writers' room? What are the different roles in a writers' room? When should you speak up versus listen? What's the best way to pitch your ideas?

It can be intimidating to enter a writers' room, and you want to have some knowledge to enter confidently. That's where professional screenwriter Kate Sargeant and her exclusive Stage 32 course have you covered. Kate has staffed in numerous rooms, including CASTLE, CSI CYBER, NCIS NOLA, BLINDSPOT, and more. 

In this six-week course, you'll work with the instructor and a handful of similarly ambitious and creative writers to break an episode of the network procedural THE ROOKIE: FEDS, including the A, B, and C-story, using a virtual whiteboard.

You'll work step-by-step through the process for the most in-depth experience as you work through the episode story as a group together, pitching ideas and learning to communicate with one another. This format gives you invaluable direct, practical, and real-world experience to assist your long-term television career.

You'll have access to Kate during the six weeks in class and outside of class via email for any questions you may have. You'll also have the opportunity to develop a genuine working relationship with your classmates, networking with writers with similar goals to your own that can extend beyond class time.

Whether you want to write one-hour procedural or serialized television, the ability to write on a close-ended episodic series is an incredible skill that will benefit you throughout your career.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to see what it's like to work in a writers' room from a professional writer whose been there!

What You'll Learn

SESSION 1: Overview of a One-Hour Network Procedural Drama Writers’ Room and How to Break An Episode

Kate will give a detailed tutorial about what it’s like to work in a one-hour network procedural writers’ room. She will go over room etiquette, how to pitch and get your ideas on the board, episode structure, and how that comes together in a writers' room setting. Although Kate will be focusing on how to break an episode of a network show, the skills she will be teaching apply to ALL genres of television and will make you a better writer and pitcher across the board.

Q&A with Kate

SESSION 2: Pitching Your A Story

The class will pitch ideas for A stories for an episode to Kate. Kate will provide feedback and notes for each. We'll vote on and decide the A story that we will move forward with.

Q&A with Kate

SESSION 3: Pitching Your B and C Stories

The class will pitch ideas for the B and C stories to accompany the selected A story from the previous week. Kate will provide feedback and notes for each. We'll vote on and decide the B and C stories that we will move forward with. If we have time, we will start brainstorming A story beats and act outs.

Q&A with Kate

SESSION 4: Big Picture Brainstorming

Now that the A, B, and C stories have been determined, Kate will lead the class through a “blue sky” brainstorming session as we begin to map out the episode, including act breaks, case drive, and character arcs.

Q&A with Kate

SESSION 5: Breaking the Episode

Kate will lead the class in breaking the episode in a writers' room setting and will put cards up on a virtual whiteboard.

Q&A with Kate

SESSION 6: Breaking the Episode Part 2/Pitching to the Showrunner

The class will pick up where we left off the previous week. We will address any issues/questions that have come up and proceed with the breaking process. Kate will talk about strategies for pitching the showrunner, and everyone who wants to participate will have the opportunity to pitch scenes to Kate.

Q&A with Kate


WHAT TO EXPECT

  • **Kate will be available on email during the 6 class sessions to answer any questions you have.**
  • This workshop is designed for working and aspiring TV writers of all levels looking to learn about network drama TV writing and how to pitch and work in a writers' room. This is an in-depth, practical, and detailed lab with significantly more content than a standard 90-minute webinar.
  • This lab will consist of eight sessions, each roughly two hours in duration. Sessions will vary between presentation-style lessons and interactive mock writers' room sessions where all students will have the opportunity to participate.
  • Plus, to stay motivated and inspired, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the process.
  • To see the lab schedule, see below under "What You Will Learn."

PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 lab is limited and will be booked on a first come, first served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with an experienced writer/producer and an expert in the field is an incredibly unique and valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please book quickly. Once the spots are gone, they’re gone for good.

About Your Instructor

Kate Sargeant launched her writing career when she wrote, directed, and produced her original play REVOLVING DOOR in London. After its successful three-week run, Kate took her production on tour to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it received rave reviews. Since returning to the states, she has been staffed on multiple shows, including CASTLE, CSI CYBER, NCIS NOLA, BLINDSPOT, among others.

She has also written, directed, and produced a few of her passion projects, including the short films CHANGING LANES, FACING LIFE, and ANOTHER FOREIGN CONCEPT. In addition, Kate launched an original web series that she wrote, directed, and produced called YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON THE INTERNET about our obsession with social media in the digital age. In 2020, Kate created a half-hour comedy series, VIRTUALLY SINGLE, which is streaming now.

Schedule

Saturday February 4th, 2023 12:00pm-2:00pm PST

Saturday February 11th, 2023 12:00pm-2:00pm PST

Saturday February 18th, 2023 12:00pm-2:00pm PST

Saturday February 25th, 2023 12:00pm-2:00pm PST

Saturday March 4th, 2023 12:00pm-2:00pm PST

Saturday March 11th, 2023 12:00pm-2:00pm PST

 

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A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class.

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Q: What if I cannot attend the live lab class?
A: If you attend a live online class, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class. If you cannot attend a live class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A. Plus, your instructor will be available via email throughout the lab.

Q: Will I have access to the lab afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of the lab, you will have on-demand access to the video recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like!

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