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Writers' Room: TV Writing with Abigail Carney (online Session 1 22) is a Course

Writers' Room: TV Writing with Abigail Carney (online Session 1 22)


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There is a separate application process for this course. If you have not been accepted into the Iowa Young Writers' Studio online Summer Residential Program you are not eligible to enroll.


WRITERS’ ROOM (TV Writing with Abigail Carney) 

All writing is, to some extent, collaborative. Fiction writers and poets rewrite after receiving feedback from workshop readers and editors. Playwrights and screenwriters revise after table reads, rehearsals, and hearing thoughts from directors and producers. Even in the solitary work of writing a first draft, a writer is, in a way, collaborating with all the writers she loves, those writers whose work informs her own. And once complete, a story becomes a collaboration between its writer and the reader, who interprets the story's themes, visualizes its setting, hears its characters speak. 


Collaboration is even more inherent to the form of television writing, where stories emerge not from the solitary artist, but from a room of writers working together. 


In this course, you will join other writers to form a writers’ room where you will collectively envision and outline an episode of an existing dramatic television series. Through this process, you will learn how to join the writers’ room of an existing show or pilot. You will come up with stories for characters that already have complicated backstories and relationships, extend and complicate existing plotlines, and continue to build out the world of a show. 


You will also “pitch” a dramatic series of your own to the rest of our writers’ room. During our two weeks together, you will outline, and then begin to write the first episode of your series. Your fellow writers will read and give feedback on the beginning of your pilot episode. 

If you’ve never written a script before, that’s okay! Together, we will cover the fundamentals of television writing: everything from properly formatting a script to how to envision an entire season of a series. And we will also explore the elements of television writing that are relevant across all forms of writing: Plot. Structure. Character. Action. Imagery. Tension. Dialogue. 


This course will prepare you to continue generating and writing you own work, as well as to be in a writers’ room again someday, writing and laughing with other writers. 


Abigail Carney is a screenwriter, playwright, and fiction writer. She received her MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and her BA from Yale University. Her plays include SUNDAY MORNING (The Road Theatre), THE GLOAMING (The Young Playwrights Festival at the Lucille Lortel Theatre), TAXIDERMY (The LIC One-Act Play Festival), and DUST CAN'T KILL ME (the New York Musical Festival and NYC Fringe). She grew up in rural Ohio and now lives in Los Angeles. 




The fee for this course, which includes the fee for the 2-week session of the online Summer Residential Program, is $575. Payment in full is required to enroll in the course.


Note: Your credit card payment will be processed by an external provider and will appear on your credit card statement as “UI Writing—Magid Center."


Cancellation Policy: If you cancel or withdraw before June 1, 2022 a $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund. Thereafter no refunds are available. 




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