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April 27, 2019 – April 28, 2019

SAT + SUN | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. w/ lunch break

Instructor: Hal Cantor

Location: Classes & Admin Offices


The world is tuning in to the Renaissance in Television. Why has one-hour narrative become so popular? How is television written? How is it sold? What is The Netflix Effect on the existing TV model? Why are Walter, Tony, Claire, Tyrion, and Carrie so compelling? Whether you have a specific idea for a series or are just curious about the brave new world of television, join in this conversational experience which combines participative lecture with interactive exercises. The workshop is oriented to working writers/producers though beginning writers/producers are welcome. Expand your knowledge of writing in the television space that is now.


  • What’s happening in the mad, mad world of TV?
  • Binging: the verb of the moment. Netflix is disrupting TV as we know it and why TV content is king.
  • TV vs. Film Storytelling. What are the structural differences? What is the greatest challenge in creating a TV Series?
  • TV Series Types/Formats. What’s the difference between serialized and closed-ended storytelling? What’s a franchise?
  • Pitch Season: How is television bought and sold? What is the role of production company, studio and network?
  • What’s so funny? A look at Comedy. After an identity crisis of sorts, comedy is coming back.
  • Handout: BREAKING BAD pilot script.



  • What exactly is a TV pilot? What must a pilot accomplish?
  • What is the world of the pilot and why is it so important?
  • What are the types of Pilot Storytelling?
  • Pilot Structure: Teasers/A-Stories/B-Stories + more
  • Character. Character.
  • The Pilot Open: Screenings of Pilot Opening Scenes.
  • Breaking down “BREAKING BAD” pilot script.
  • Critical discussion.
  • Q & A: The Business / Anything and Everything TV


Scholarships available for this class: This scholarship supports participation in the workshop “Inside the World of Television Writing” and is for individuals who demonstrate high interest in learning about television writing in addition to significant financial need. High interest may be indicated in terms of future goals, both creative and professional. Significant financial need means that it would be impossible for an individual to participate without financial support.

Two scholarships of $75 will be awarded.

To apply:

1) A letter of interest (1 page maximum) that outlines your goals in taking this class and financial need for a scholarship.
2) Your resume (2 page maximum) with relevant experience, work, and education. If you come from another arts discipline, feel free to also include a link to your portfolio or website.

Send these attached as PDFs or word/text documents (typed within the body of the email will not be accepted) via email to Education Programs Manager, Mia Ferm, Deadline is Monday, April 15th by 5pm (deadline was extended!). Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed.



Presented in partnership with ISA Portland. Attendees will receive three months of ISA CONNECT free of charge.


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