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TV Writing Open House

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Monday, November 4, 2019, 7-9:30 pm
Stony Brook Manhattan Center for Creative Writing and Film

7 pm: Learn how our groundbreaking TV Writing curriculum can help you build the portfolio that can launch your career.
8 pm: Alan Kingsberg leads an in-depth discussion with Emily Ragsdale, co-producer and writer on Mr. Robot  and City on a Hill.

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MFA in Film Open House

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 5 pm
Stony Brook Manhattan Center for Creative Writing and Film

Christine Vachon and Vox Lux's Brady Corbet discuss 'The Path of the Writer Director.'

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TV Writing


Story Engine and Heart.

A successful TV series generates strong stories every week that create a powerful emotional connection between the audience and the main characters.

Create a TV writing portfolio that can launch your career.

Through small collaborative workshops designed to mimic professional writers rooms, intensive one-on-one advisement and supporting classes with industry professionals, Stony Brook's TV Writing curriculum prepares you to join the expanding frontier of television story-telling that is dominating the entertainment landscape in the US and around the world.

Being part of Stony Brook's TV Writing cohort will enable you to master the tried and true techniques of TV writing and learn how to apply them to this changing and evolving form of storytelling.  

Read more from the head of our TV Writing program, Alan Kingsberg

View our Fall TV writing courses


That's the philosophy behind Stony Brook's TV Writing curriculum. EXPLORE a variety of television writing forms including comedy, drama, dramedy, half-hour, one-hour, spec, pilot, network, cable and streaming.

Find your wheelhouse and your voice. Then CREATE original TV series concepts and pilot scripts.

MASTER your craft through collaborative workshops and intensive individual advisement and build the writing portfolio that can LAUNCH your career.

The core TV Writing curriculum includes:

Writing the Spec Script
Learn the fundamentals by writing a script for a show that is currently on the air.

Writing the Original TV Pilot
Create an original series and write a pilot script.

Advanced TV Pilot
Generate the pilot scripts that will form the foundation of your TV Writing portfolio during this year-long workshop.

The Showrunner
"Break" stories and write scenes with a working showrunner.

Comedy Workshop
Learn to write sketch, late night and monologues in the style of SNL, The Daily Show, Full Frontal, Amy Schumer.

Mini-Series and Limited Series
Learn how to construct story arcs for mini-series and limited series.

Writing the Web Series
Write, shoot and edit an episode of a web series.

Directing Actors
Learning to act makes you a better writer.

Directing the Camera
Directing scenes from your script gives you insight into how your writing is translated into a visual medium.

International TV
Learn about cutting-edge TV series from Denmark, France, Ireland and Israel and how they can inform your writing for the global market.

Polishing Your Portfolio
Design and polish the writing portfolio that can launch your career as a TV writer.

Launching Your Career
Interact with agents, managers, producers and showrunners and learn how to break into the business and build a career.

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