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How to Write and Structure the TV Drama

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Man Men
Breaking Bad
The Good Wife
Scandal & Gray’s Anatomy

If you want to write brilliant, breakthrough material, write for television.
From “Orange is the New Black” to “Girls” to “Mad Men,” television writing is where the most entertaining, evocative and surprising stories are being told.

Where do you start? How do you polish what you’ve got?
Learn from the best. Peter Russell, award-winning UCLA Extension instructor of the year and co-founder of How Movies Works, takes you through the plot structures of television dramas: Episodic and Serial storylines.

We also show you how creators Vince Gilligan and Aaron Sorkin create tension in TV DRAMA. He’ll show you BEAT BY BEAT how BREAKING BAD and NEWSROOM work. You’ll understand how to approaching writing shows like “The Good Wife,” and “CSI” or “Gray’s Anatomy.” You’ll learn about writing great characters, writing vivid action and how to build relationships between characters that the audience cares about.

This 3-hour lecture is only $5 for the first hour and $20 additional for the full lecture. You’ll also receive a video link to the lecture to view online.

Free Weekly Screenwriting Tips & Instant Access to the Video:
"The Top Reasons Readers Pass on a Screenplay"

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Learn from Experience


We have read over 5000 projects for Hollywood studios and independent producers, and we consult on studio projects for major producers.

Learn to Tell a Story


We teach you to develop ORIGINAL characters that connect to audiences, and to develop emotionally-driven stories that make for great movies.

Onsite and Online Classes


We offer a variety of courses throughout the year so you can study at our office or online. Our focus is on you and your learning experience.

What Our Students Are Saying


“The best teacher I have ever had (not only at UCLA, but yes, even compared to France).”
Vincent Blin, French filmmaker


“Peter is brilliant. The Einstein of teachers, if you will.”
Student, December, 2011

Check Out Our Classes

We are writers, teachers and story consultants with 14 years experience working with studios. From this experience, we have developed a great class list that focuses on many areas in the business.

We offer a large variety of classes, so be sure to check back often to see if we are offering one for you!