TV Writing for Playwrights: An Introduction with John Yearley

640 433 Play Penn

TV writing is just like every other kind of dramatic writing...until it isn't.

So many playwrights get paid a lot of money to produce wonderful work for television. How did they adapt their skills to do that? This class discusses which playwriting skills will help you in TV writing (dialogue, character voice, scene structure) and which you have to develop (stories that go on into perpetuity, construction of a world, beats, story engines). “TV Writing for Playwrights: An Introduction” strives to wipe away the mystery of TV writing for playwrights and set them towards working in this thrilling and lucrative medium.

July 29, August 5, Aug 12, and Aug 19; 7-9 PM E.S.T.

Online (via Zoom)

John Yearley is the author of The Unrepeatable Moment (“Thought provoking…exhilarating…painfully hilarious” – New York Times, “Yearley is a master” – Huffington Post), Leap (Mickey Kaplan New American Play Prize, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Ephemera (John Gassner Award), Another Girl (PlayPenn), and Bruno Hauptmann Kissed My Forehead (Abingdon Theatre). His latest play, Eight Minutes, Twenty Seconds, was workshopped by LABryinth Theatre Company and performed at Temple University. Work for young audiences include The Last Wish (Macy’s New Play Prize for Young Audiences) and an adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone. Short plays All in Little Pieces and A Low-Lying Fog are available through Samuel French. He currently writes for the children’s TV program Treasure Trekkers and has worked previously on PBS Kids’ Arthur and as a “script doctor” for New Line Cinema. Teaches playwriting, TV Writing, and screenwriting at Temple University, Drexel University, and the Barrow Group in New York City, as well as being a lead artist of the Foundry, a playwriting group in Philadelphia. Member of the Dramatists Guild, Writers Guild, and twice a MacDowell Fellow.



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