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PILOT WRITING & PITCHING WORKSHOP IN NYC JUNE 8-JULY 8
SOLID FOUNDATIONS, WELL BUILT STORIES:
How to Develop, Pitch and Write an Original Television Series Intensive
With Francine Volpe & Liz Garcia
June 8-July8, 2018
THIS WORKSHOP IS APPROPRIATE FOR PROFESSIONAL & EMERGING WRITERS OR THOSE TAKING THEIR FIRST STEPS INTO THE POSSIBILITIES OF THIS CAREER. IN OTHER WORDS, FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO SERIOUSLY EXPLORE WHAT STORIES THEY'RE READY TO TELL. EMAIL SCRIPTHEALER@YAHOO.COM TO ENROLL OR ASK QUESTIONS.
PART I ($385) (Open to All Levels)
Lecture by Francine Volpe and Feedback from Francine Volpe and Liz Garcia
Do you want to write the TV pilot that you’ve been batting around for two years? Do you owe a new script to your agent? Perhaps you’ve written your pilot and it’s gotten no traction. Where to start?
Understanding the foundations of our greatest TV series from the 1960’s through the present will set you on the right path to preparing for and writing your script. On Friday night, you’ll learn the fundamentals of television writing with a focus on the underlying structures and expectations of the medium. You’ll go home and use Saturday afternoon to create 3 original concepts for episodic television. On Saturday night and Sunday you will share your ideas and receive feedback or listen and offer feedback to your peers. Time is carved out at the beginning of each class to demonstrate screenwriting techniques that are specific to the medium of television. Francine will walk you through a step-by-step analysis of a pilot episode of television as well as discuss the anatomy of individual scenes. Students leave class with a writer's "tool kit" and ready to begin writing.
Dates: June 8 (6p-9:30p), June 9 (5:30p-9pm), June 10 (5:30p-9pm)
PART II ($200) (Open to those who have already taken Part I)
Lecture by Liz Garcia
Selling your television idea to a buyer is an art unto itself. A follow-up to Francine Volpe’s pilot writing workshop, this three-day intensive takes you through the process of sculpting your pilot idea into a pitch. Participants are taught every aspect of the pilot pitching process, including fleshing out your pilot episode idea into a series idea, what studios and networks need to hear in order to invest in your idea, how to organize and perform your pitch, and how to find and convey the unique passion you have for your show. The workshop will begin with an instructional lecture in which participants are taught the important components of pitching.
Date: June 16th (6-10pm)
PART III ($525) (Open to those who have already taken both Part I and II)
Feedback from Liz Garcia and Francine Volpe
Workshop. Participants will have used the previous week to apply the template explained in Part II to develop their ideas. This weekend students will perform their pitches in order to be given specific, constructive professional feedback based on Liz's experience of having sold over a dozen original pilots to all the major networks, as well as independent studios and premium cable outlets. Francine joins the conversation Saturday and Leads on Sunday. This course is suitable to those who have already written pilots as well as those who want to begin writing on a sturdy foundation.
Dates: June 22 (6p-10p), June 23 (5p-8:30p), June 24 (5p-8:30p)
PART IV ($220) (Open to those who have already taken Parts I-III)
Lecture by Liz Garcia and Francine Volpe
Breaking story. In this "mock writers' room" Liz and Francine will lead an exercise in breaking your pilot "story" so that you can begin writing your pilot with a focus on creating a general shape which includes major beats and cliff-hangers.
Date: June 30 (6:30-9:30)
PART V ($375) (Open to those who have taken Part I or more)
Feedback by Francine Volpe and Liz Garcia
Students have a choice to bring in the first 15-20 pages of their pilot script or to "re-pitch" based on previous feedback. After completing the month's worth of workshops students will have moved from lost, blocked or frustrated to having a completed pitch, the first pages of your solid pilot script, or both. Most importantly, the curriculum is designed to offer students lasting tools and advice so that they can present their ideas and work on their drafts with professional training.
The option to continue on with the workshop may be available.
Dates: July 6 (6-9:30) July 7 (5:30-8:30) July 8 (5:30-8:30)
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:
LIZ W. GARCIA is one of the most prolific female voices in film and television. She most recently wrote the final installment in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants franchise, and has written features for Disney, Fox Searchlight, Warner Brothers. In television, she has sold and written over a dozen pilots for the major networks and premium cable and was a writer/producer on The Sinner for USA, Cold Case for CBS, and Bryan Fuller’s Wonderfalls for Fox . She co-created the crime dramedy MEMPHIS BEAT (Jason Lee, Alfre Woodard) which was produced by George Clooney’s Smokehouse and ran for two seasons on TNT. Her feature directorial debut THE LIFEGUARD (with Kristen Bell) premiered in dramatic competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Her next film, ONE PERCENT MORE HUMID (a Black List script) premiered in competition at 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and won Alessandro Nivola the Best Actor award there. She was named one of Variety’s TV Writers to Watch in 2008 and her Cold Case episode “Best Friends” won a GLAAD award that same year. A graduate of Wesleyan University’s prestigious Film Studies program, Garcia lives in NYC and currently co-runs playwright Katori Hall (The Mountain)’s drama PUSSY VALLEY for Starz Network.
FRANCINE VOLPE is a playwright and screenwriter who was born and lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently writing for the television show, Pussy Valley for STARZ. Her most recent play, The Good Mother was directed by Scott Elliot and featured Gretchen Mol. The play was finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Francine is the winner of the 2016 McKnight National Playwright Residency and Commission and is currently under commission from The New Group. In 2013 she was the inaugural winner of the Lanford Wilson Prize in Playwriting. Other plays include The Given (also finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize) and Late Fragment (both directed by Michael Imperioli). Francine’s screenplays include Queenie and I’ll Be Your Mirror. She received her B.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She was later the recipient of a two-year Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwriting Fellowship at The Juilliard School where she studied with Marsha Norman and Christopher Durang. She received a NYFA grant for her low-income playwriting workshop and twice received grants from the Lecomte du Nouy Foundation for playwriting. She was the winner of the Agnes Ranjo Capps scholarship at the Missoula Playwrights Colony and the winner of a 2016 residency at The MacDowell Colony. She teaches screenwriting, playwriting and television writing at NYU, Sarah Lawrence College and The New Group. She is a graduate of New Dramatists.