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Ever thought about turning a novel or short story into a TV series? Or maybe you’d like to turn a feature screenplay into the first season of a new show?

According to instructor Kate Montgomery, “There’s never been a better time to write a series. We’re in the middle of a huge disruption in the industry. Streaming has taken over and Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Apple and Disney are pouring billions into new content for the small screen.”

But if you’ve never written for TV, where do you start?

In this fast-paced 3-hour class, you’ll learn:

  • How TV storytelling is structured.
  • How to expand a short story into a series.
  • How a novel is similar to a series - and how the two are very different.
  • How to turn a feature screenplay into a series.
  • How to pepper any story with the cliffhangers that make a show binge-worthy.
  • How to weave multiple characters & story arcs over a season.

Kate says, “This class will combine lectures with individual and team writing exercises, and there will be informative handouts you can keep to reference later. You’ll gain tools it can take professional writers years to acquire, and you’ll leave with the step-by-step knowledge of what it takes to transform your story into a series.”

 

About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@writingsalons.com.

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Instructor
    Kate Montgomery wrote, directed and produced the award-winning Sundance indie rom-com Christmas in the Clouds. Her credits also include the comedy Neither Here Nor There, which is currently on the festival circuit, and the futuristic thriller Ever Since the World Ended, which won at the SF Indie Fest and the London Sci-Fi Film Festival. Current projects include Out There, Hooking Up Hannah, Jack from Camp and Stealing Lily. Kate has optioned and sold screenplays to producers and studios in the US, Canada and UK. She is a member of the Director’s Guild of America, The Writer’s Guild of Canada and the Writer’s Guild of America.
Schedule
  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, May 01, 10:00am-1:00pm
Reviews
  • Kate Montgomery was not only warm and inviting, she was 100% prepared, providing stacks of carefully considered handouts while also maintaining a flexibility to follow the rhythm of our group. Her knowledge in the field was undeniable and her enthusiasm for discussing and dissecting students' ideas was balanced by honest notes and critiques. I hope to be signing up for another class of hers soon.

    Hallie
  • Now, this may sound like a cliche, but Kate inspired me to make time in my life for what I really want to do: write stories. And that’s hard, I’m a cynical Eastern European, hard to impress and convince. But now I’m going to spend a couple of hours each week to write something down, and if she’ll invite me I’ll go to all her events and workshops, pitch my story ideas, and do my best to create amazing work. She is incredibly charismatic, and it feels great to be around her. But the whole inspiration part is what makes her a standout teacher.

    Radu

Details

Date:
Sat, May 1
Time:
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
Cost:
$85
Event Category:

Venue

Online (Synchronous)
Online
Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
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Registration Deadline

Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

Cancellation Policy

10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

3-9 days before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 20% fee OR a refund minus a 30% fee.

2 days or less before the start date for a class, the registrant will not receive a credit or a refund.

The Writing Salon cannot offer refunds, credits, or makeup sessions for classes a student might miss.

In the event of an emergency, we may consider a refund or credit, whether partial or full. We review these requests on a case-by-case basis, and we ask that you notify us as near as possible to the start date for the class.

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