Stage 32 Writing Lab: Write Your TV Spec Script

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Taught by Rebecca Windsor

$799
Lab Schedule (8 sessions):
Sunday, Feb 12TH 10AM - 12PM PST
Sunday, Feb 19TH 10AM - 12PM PST
Sunday, Feb 26TH 10AM - 12PM PST
Sunday, Mar 5TH 10AM - 12PM PST
Sunday, Mar 12TH 10AM - 12PM PDT
Sunday, Mar 26TH 10AM - 12PM PDT
Sunday, Apr 2ND 10AM - 12PM PDT
Sunday, Apr 9TH 10AM - 12PM PDT
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Class hosted by: Rebecca Windsor

Vice President and Head of Television Workshops at Warner Bros.

Rebecca Windsor is the Vice President and Head of the Warner Bros. Television Workshop, the premier writing and directing program for artists looking to launch their television careers. As an extension of her role developing new talent, Rebecca helped launch Warner Bros. digital brand Stage13, overseeing the critically acclaimed SNATCHERS, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW, and SPECIAL, which premiered on Netflix and garnered four Emmy nominations. Previously, she was the Creative Producing Initiative Manager of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, playing a key role in coordinating the Screenwriters and Directors Labs, Episodic Story Lab, and Creative Producing Lab and Summit. Prior to Sundance, Rebecca was Manager of Development at Samuel L. Jackson’s television company, UppiTV, and at Mandeville Films. Full Bio »

Summary

A New Exclusive Intensive Writing Lab!

Payment plans available - contact edu@stage32.com for details

Only A Few Spots Left - Grab Yours Now!

Get one-on-one mentoring from the VP and Head of Warner Bros. Television Workshop as your write your spec + have email access to your Educator to discuss your craft & career! 

Do you want to work as a television staff writer?

Are you applying for a television fellowship at Paramount or WB?

You’re going to need a television spec script.

Unlike a feature spec (which is a wholly original idea), a “television spec script” is an episode of an existing show, written as a sample by a writer to show their ability to match the show’s unique voice.

While spec scripts used to be the most common sample for aspiring television writers, recent years have seen the pilot script. The problem is that many showrunners still demand a TV spec script when staffing their shows, and many fellowships and contests also focus on TV spec scripts.

In this exclusive Stage 32 lab, you’ll receive mentoring from Rebecca Windsor, the VP of Warner Bros. and Head of Warner Bros. Television Workshop, as you write your own TV spec script that you can use to help launch your television writing career. Best of all, you'll have access to Rebecca via email throughout the entire duration of your lab so you can ask her any of your craft or career questions! 

Over the course of eight hands-on sessions, you’ll craft an episode of an existing show (from the list of options under “What You’ll Learn”), getting feedback from Rebecca as you go, and even have a one-on-one session with Rebecca to go over your final script.

You will have assignments throughout the class with fast deadlines to emulate the strict deadlines that you would have in a real writers' room and the ability to ask Rebecca any questions you have about the process.

In addition to running WB’s Television Workshop, Rebecca also helped launch their digital brand, Stage13, and was previously the Creative Producing Initiative Manager of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, playing a key role in coordinating the Screenwriters Lab, the Episodic Story Lab, and the Creative Producing Lab and Summit.

She was also the Manager of Development at Samuel L. Jackson’s television company, UppiTV, and at Mandeville Films.

Spots for this lab are first-come, first-served, and once they sell out, we’re not selling more. Do not miss out on your chance to write one of the most crucial samples every television writer needs from one of the best in the business.

 

Praise for Rebecca's Stage 32 Next Level Webinar:

 

Rebecca was fantastic and her advice was so helpful. She obviously knows this topic well and was able to provide meaningful instruction. - MacKenna V.

 

Great insight on details involved in compiling and completing applications and how to be prepared. - Angelique W.

 

It was awesome and informative. Rebecca is so incredibly knowledgeable about this industry and really chisels away at script structure. Great learning from her! - Greg P.

What You'll Learn

A Note From Your Stage 32 Educator:

  • This will be a demanding intensive with strict deadlines for the delivery of material. We’re hoping to emulate the deadlines faced and the rigor of being in a real writers' room.
  • There may be times that additional revisions to the material are required before moving on to the next step in the development process if we don’t feel the material is strong enough.

 

Week One – Intro to Spec Writing

  • The many reasons you would need a spec script
  • Choosing the right Spec for your career
  • The steps in prep you need to take before writing
  • The keys to making your spec stand out
  • Students will choose which of the specs they want to work on.

Q&A with Rebecca

Students can choose from one of the below to work on:

  • Comedy
    • Reboot
    • The Other Two
    • What We Do in the Shadows
    • Barry
    • Abbott Elementary
  • Drama
    • The Boys
    • Succession
    • For All Mankind
    • Riverdale
    • Sex Education

Assignment: prepare to pitch 3 different episode ideas (including A, B, and C stories for each)

 

Week Two – Pitching your Spec Ideas & Developing Story Areas

  • Students will pitch their 3 spec ideas in class
  • Your Stage 32 Educator and class will offer feedback, ask questions and decide which episode idea is strongest
  • We will discuss what a Story Area (with handout examples) and how it applies to specs.

Q&A with Rebecca

Assignment: prepare your Story Areas (due the day before class and will be shared with the group to prep)

 

Week Three – Working Story Areas & Creating Beat Sheets

  • Your Stage 32 Educator and class will give feedback to each writer on their Story Area document
  • We will discuss the elements of a great Beat Sheet along with handout examples

Q&A with Rebecca

Assignment: prepare your Beat Sheet (due the day before class and will be shared with the group to prep)

 

Week Four – Working Beat Sheets & Crafting your Outline

  • Your Stage 32 Educator and class will give feedback to each writer on their Beat Sheet document
  • We will study the elements of and importance of effective outlines and how to craft them. Hand out examples will be provided.

Q&A with Rebecca

Assignment: prepare your Outline (due the day before class and will be shared with the group to prep)

 

Week Five – Working Outlines & Crafting your First Draft

  • Your Stage 32 Educator and class will give feedback to each writer on their Outline document
  • We will discuss the process of converting your outlines into a script

Q&A with Rebecca

Assignment: prepare your Script (due 2-3 days before class). Each student will also be given at least one other students script to provide feedback in class. Note- next week there is no class.

****One week off*****

 

Week Six – Working on the First Draft

  • Your Stage 32 Educator and class will give feedback and notes to each writer on their First Drafts

Q&A with Rebecca

Assignment: Revise your script based on notes (due 2-3 days before class). Each student will also be given at least one other student's script to provide feedback in class.

 

Week Seven – Revising the Drafts

  • The instructor and class will give feedback to each writer on their Revised Drafts
  • Final advice on script revisions and what’s next

Q&A with Rebecca

Assignment: Submit your final revised script ahead of your one-on-one with Rebecca

 

Week Eight – Individual Consults and Advice (no class)

  • Students will meet 1:1 with your Stage 32 Educator during individually scheduled times the week of April 2nd for feedback and personal guidance

Q&A with Rebecca


PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 lab is limited to 8 writers and will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with an executive 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.

  • This lab is designed for beginner, intermediate, and advanced writers who are interested in writing a television spec script.
  • By the end of this 8-part lab, you will have a complete TV spec script that's been vetted by an industry professional.
  • This is an in-depth, practical, and detailed lab with one-on-one time with the instructor and significantly more content than a standard 90-minute webinar.
  • ***Only A Few Spots Still Available***
  • You will be held accountable to take the lessons from each week and move your work forward.
  • 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 length of the lab.
  • **Rebecca will be available on email during the 8 sessions to answer any questions you have about your project.**

Payment plans are available - please contact Sam at edu@stage32.com for more information

About Your Instructor

Rebecca Windsor is the Vice President and Head of the Warner Bros. Television Workshop, the premier writing and directing program for artists looking to launch their television careers. As an extension of her role developing new talent, Rebecca helped launch Warner Bros. digital brand Stage13, overseeing the critically acclaimed SNATCHERS, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW, and SPECIAL, which premiered on Netflix and garnered four Emmy nominations.

Previously, she was the Creative Producing Initiative Manager of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, playing a key role in coordinating the Screenwriters and Directors Labs, Episodic Story Lab, and Creative Producing Lab and Summit. Prior to Sundance, Rebecca was Manager of Development at Samuel L. Jackson’s television company, UppiTV, and at Mandeville Films.

Schedule

Sunday February 12th – 10am-12pm PST

Sunday February 19th – 10am-12pm PST

Sunday February 26th – 10am-12pm PST

Sunday March 5th – 10am-12pm PST

Sunday March 12th – 10am-12pm PST

***SKIP ONE WEEK***

Sunday March 26th – 10am-12pm PST

Sunday April 2nd – 10am-12pm PST

Sunday April 9th– 10am-12pm PST

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Q: What is the format of a class?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Classes are typically 120-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I have to be located in a specific location?
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.

Q: What are the system requirements?
A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the webinar software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
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Q: What if I purchase this class on-demand?
A: If you purchase this class on-demand, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A.

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.

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