Writing a Pilot for Television

Class Information


First class starts on Monday, August 5, 2024


7 PM – 9 PM


Eight Sessions – Mondays, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19, 8/26, 9/2, 9/9, 9/16 & 9/23


Zoom (Live)








Class Description

This course will take participants through the entire process of professional TV screenwriting with the ultimate goal of writing a fully realized pilot episode for an original series idea. Starting with the basics of story structure for 11-minute, 22-minute, or hour-long episodes, participants will learn how to write an effective two-sentence logline, how to turn that logline into a 1-2 page premise, how to turn that premise into a longer outline for a script, and finally how to turn all of that work into a finished script. Participants will be encouraged to share their progress with everyone taking the course, and will receive notes, thoughts, and reactions from their instructor and their peers which they can use to fine-tune their work throughout the script writing process.


Please note that you will receive your Zoom link via email 24 hours before the start of this class. If you enroll in this class less than 24 hours before it begins, please either send us a message or email us at programs@sandiegowriters.org to request your link.


Please be advised that it is best to register at least a week before the start of a class to help our instructors prepare and ensure that it does not get canceled or rescheduled. Policies regarding registration, refunds, cancellations, etc. can be found on our policies page. If you would like to provide feedback regarding this class, please feel free to complete an evaluation form.