Advanced Television Screenwriting
6-Month Diploma Program
We live in the Golden Age of Television. Modern serials feature outstanding storytelling, depth, and high-end production values. The industry is expanding and our Advanced Television Screenwriting Program aims to fulfill its growing need for storytellers by turning emerging screenwriters into industry professionals.
Writers will work on three key projects, a Writer’s Room TV Series, led by an industry showrunner, their very own Original TV Pilot, and a pitch package for a factual series. Writers will also learn how to pitch, network, and further develop their career as a professional screenwriters. They will leave with real-world industry experience and valuable relationships for providing curated content to agents and pitch forums.
An experienced TV showrunner will develop their original series with the class in a real-world, writer’s room setting. The show’s premise, characters, world and rules will already established by the showrunner. The class will constructively collaborate on episode ideas, taking their characters and plots from point A to Z over several episodes. Each writer will write their own full-length episode for this series. In the event the series is picked up by an entertainment platform, writers will receive an IMDB credit for their episode.
Writers will conceptualize and pitch an original series idea. Throughout the course writers will workshop their world building, characters, A, B, and C plots, and arcs before writing the pilot script. They will receive feedback in both a group setting as well as one on one mentorships with industry professionals every step of the way.
FACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT + DOCS
Non-fiction television has been booming over the last ten years. From character-driven documentaries such as Netflix’s Wild Wild Country to factual series such as Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, viewers are captivated by the larger than life “characters” they see on screen. POV documentaries and factual television shows are in high demand. This course aims to help emerging documentarians develop and package content for TV and streaming platforms.
BUSINESS FOR WRITERS
Writers will exercise their skills in pitching, networking, writing grants, relationship building, working with an agent, and more. They will learn how to entice producers, or position themselves as the best option for that last spot at the writer’s table in a television series. At the end of the year writers will present their pitch packages and scripts to an industry panel of production studios, entertainment platforms and writing agents.
InFocus aims to partner with various industry connections including agents, streaming platforms, and production studios. We will orchestrate pitch forums and match writers to appropriate industry professionals based on their curated content. Our partners are given first right of refusal for considered productions.
InFocus Film School is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.