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Classroom - Los Angeles
Registration ended: 08/14/2014
FEE: $495/$490 Registration Expired

Do you have a great idea for HBO’s next hit series? Let successful TV writer Sam Ernst (“Crisis”, “Haven”) help you transform your brilliant premise into a page-turning script! You’ll sample the different genres of TV dramas, plan a season arc that keeps the audience hooked, and break your pilot story just like they do in the writer’s room.


Sam will show you how to dramatize your life’s details, create realistic dialogue, and sprinkle in the right amount of plot for a 30 min. or 1 hour show. Through in-class workshopping and pitching, you’ll clarify your tone, voice and world. As well, Sam will help you craft a captivating story from outline to first draft. By the end of this class, you’ll be on your way to an executive producer credit faster than you can say “Lena Dunham.”


About Sam Ernst

Sam Ernst is the co-creator/executive producer of SyFy Network’s HAVEN, based on a book by Stephen King.  Haven is currently in production on Seasons 5 and 6.  Sam has been on staff for THE DEAD ZONE, which aired for 5 seasons on the USA network.  He’s currently consulting producer on NBC’s CRISIS, starring Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney.  He’s worked for 20th Century/Fox, Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Entertainment One.  He has written SHREK video games for Activision, sold four pilots to ABC, and is currently at work on two pilots, one for Amazon.


October Section

Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18 (5 Tuesday nights)

7:30-10:30 p.m.

Location: Writing Pad East (688 S Santa Fe, Apt. 312, Los Angeles, CA 90021)

Cost: $495

Class will be limited to 9 students





CANCELLATION POLICY: All sales are final and there are no refunds. Credit may be offered based on class availability. If you can’t come to class, call or email us as far in advance as possible. We will do everything we can to fill your spot, but we can’t make any guarantees. Credit eligibility is not based upon your reason for being unable to attend a class; it is based upon the timing of your credit request and our ability to fill your spot. If we find someone to take your place, you will receive class credit minus a $10 processing fee. Otherwise, your payment will be forfeit. To use class credits, you need to sign up for class in advance by emailing or calling 323.333.2954.



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