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1 Day Online Course | Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 11AM- 5PM EST | Instructor: Georgia Lee | Co-Host: Andy Schmidt

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Master Seminar with Georgia Lee: Writing For Television

In our first-ever Writing for Television Master Seminar, screen and television writer Georgia Lee (The Expanse, Red Doors) will lead an in-depth look at the craft, business, and real-life dynamics of writing for the small screen.

Shows like The Writers’ Room may offer an insightful glimpse into what it takes to write for television, but it’s extremely difficult to get real understanding of what working in a Hollywood writers’ room is really like – or how to get there. In this full-day seminar, Georgia will share her experience writing for three seasons of Syfy’s The Expanse. The seminar covers the nuts and bolts of writing for television — from breaking down a story, to outlining an episode, to writing first drafts, to room etiquette, to how to develop a staff, and much more.

Georgia will share her actual documents within the seminar so you can see the “working files” from a real television show as she demystifies the writers’ room experience. Everything you need to know about writing for television from concept to script to screen is covered here!

Comics Experience’s Andy Schmidt will co-host the event alongside Georgia, and we will end the day with a Q&A from the audience, so come prepared!

Please see the tabs below for all the pertinent details, and remember, this Master Seminar is being offered ONE TIME ONLY. Don’t miss your chance to learn from a modern master!

Recommended for writers and dreamers alike.

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Georgia Lee on the set of Gangs of New York with Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese.

  • Held Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 11:00 AM Eastern time until approximately 5:00 PM Eastern time (with a short break).  
  • You will learn from lectures and direct questions with master television writer Georgia Lee.

Topics include:

  • Writers Room Basics: Who, What, When, Where, Why
  • Arcing Out A Season: Character, Theme, Story
  • “Breaking Story” for an Episode: Fun with Index Cards and White Boards
  • Outlining an Episode
  • Writing the First Draft
  • Getting Notes and Rewriting
  • Room Etiquette
  • The Business: Getting Staffed
  • The Writer as Producer: On Set Tips

You’ll have access to a recording of the seminar for two full weeks after it’s held—including the Q&A portion.

Again, this is an exclusive, one-time-only Master Seminar!

Simply click on the PayPal button and you’re enrolled!

Georgia Lee

Georgia Lee is currently a writer and producer on SyFy’s acclaimed space opera “The Expanse”.

Georgia got her start when Martin Scorsese saw her first short film and invited her to apprentice on “Gangs of New York.” Georgia then wrote and directed her first feature “Red Doors” which won awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, Cinevegas, and Outfest.

Georgia has sold five television pilots to CBS, NBC, Fox 21, and ABC Family. She loves writing about strong women in heightened worlds of mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy. She worked for management consulting firm McKinsey & Company before pursuing her passion in film and television. Recovering victim of Tiger Parents.  Oldest of three sisters.  Lapsed atheist.  Sometimes she believes.

Georgia Lee in the writers room for The Expanse.

Andy Schmidt (Co-Host)

Andy Schmidt

Andy Schmidt, former Senior Editor at IDW Publishing, former Editor at Marvel Comics, and writer of such comics as 5 Days to Die, X-Men: Divided We Stand, and G.I. Joe: Future Noir launched Comics Experience for people who want to make comics or work in the comics industry.

During his nearly six years at Marvel Comics, Andy edited such popular comic books as X-Men, X-Factor, Alias, Secret War, Captain America: The Chosen, Iron Man / Captain America: Casualties of War, Avengers Classic, and the Annihilation saga. As an assistant and associate editor, Andy worked on nearly every major character in the Marvel canon—from Spider-Man to the Avengers and Fantastic Four.

In 2007, Andy founded Comics Experience to pass his knowledge on to students. In 2008, Andy wrote an authoritative, Eagle Award-winning book about making comics: The Insider’s Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels, published by Impact Books. In 2010, he created the Creators Workshop as part of Comics Experience, where students can learn and grow together as creators. In 2013, Andy left corporate life and began consulting and writing in the Entertainment Industry on properties such as Spider-ManThe AvengersGuardians of the GalaxyStar Wars, and Transformers as we all as consulting with film and television studios.

In January 2016, Comics Experience launched a digital-only comics line from Creators Workshop members available exclusively through ComiXology.

Andy is the co-host of the Comics Experience Make Comics Podcast and you can follow him on Twitter at @ComicExperience.

Do I need to know a whole lot about television?

Absolutely not. This is a course about creating and writing for television. It’s an in-depth discussion, but we strive to make sure that our conversational tone is inclusive to our wide range of attendees’ experience.

Do I need to be a computer whiz for the class?

No, but you do need to have high-speed Internet access. We recommend that you have headphones with a microphone to plug into your computer, but that’s by no means necessary.

What if I can’t attend at the last minute? Can I make it up?

This is a one-time master seminar so there is no way to make it up, but if you have enrolled, you will have access to a recording of the session for two weeks after it’s held to review as many times as you like!

What computer programs do I need for this course?
None at all. Though we will talk about some programs, you’re not going to be asked to use any of them during the seminar.

If I don’t live in the United States, can I still take the course?

You bet. We’ve had students jump in from Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and Africa. Not Antarctica yet, but give us time! Many of these students have not been able to attend live due to the time difference, but they’ve all been happy to view the recordings!

If I don’t want a career in television, and are more of a hobbyist, is the Master Seminar right for me?

Sure it is! This seminar is a great way to learn a ton about the craft and the industry of TV and the thought process behind it. It could really change the way you watch television—for the better. We’d love to have you!

How do I sign up?

Click on the PayPal button for this course and you’ll get an email confirmation and instructions within two business days giving you everything you need to attend the Master Seminar.

To participate in our live online sessions you will need:

  • A computer or mobile device that meets Go To Meeting’s minimum requirements
  • to agree to the terms included in Comics Experience’s User Agreement.
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Headphones/ear buds with microphone (optional, but strongly suggested)
  • A mind like a sponge!