The core Television Writing curriculum includes:
Writing the Spec Script
Christine Vachon with Dan Futterman, Showrunner - Looming Tower.
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.
"Break" stories and write scenes with a working showrunner.
Learn to write sketch, late night and monologues in the style of SNL, The Daily Show,
Full Frontal, Amy Schumer.
Guest Series - From the Writers Room
In-depth discussions with working writers and showrunners about the writing process,
writers rooms, and a specific script or episode they’ve written.
Learn the fundamentals of long form narrative and develop a script for a feature film.
SUMMER IN SOUTHAMPTON AND NYC:
Acting for Writers
Learning to act and to direct actors makes you a better writer. This is the first
workshop in our four-step content creation ladder.
Create the second pilot script for your TV Writing portfolio.
Stony Brook TV Writers win Best Pilot Award at North Fork TV Fest.
Learn how to work collaboratively in a writers room to construct story arcs for a
limited series based on true events.
Learn how to work camera, sound and editing gear. This workshop is paired with Directing
the Camera and is the second workshop in our four-step content creation ladder.
Directing the Camera
Directing scenes from your script gives you insight into how your writing is translated
into a visual medium. This is the third workshop in our content creation ladder.
Write, produce, direct and edit a micro-pilot for a web series. This is the capstone
class in the content creation ladder and pulls together writing, acting, skills and
directing the camera.
Business of TV
Learn how to work with agents and managers, how to pitch and strategies to break into
The capstone writing class where you develop the third pilot script for your TV writing
Revise and polish the writing portfolio that can launch your career as a television
Work with your thesis advisor to get your “best” script industry-ready and prepare
a pitch for a new series that you can develop after graduation. Can be in-person
or on Zoom.
Work on a show or at a production company, network or studio to get real world experience.
An array of electives from the MFA in Film and the MFA in Creative Writing are available
in all three years of study.
Producing with Christine Vachon
Memoir with Roger Rosenblatt
Teaching Practicum – Karen Offitzer. Learn to teach at the college level, design a syllabus and teach
the following semester at Stony Brook undergraduate.
Humor on the Page with Patty Marx.
Poetry, Writing the Short Film, Dystopian Fiction, European Cinema and more.