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100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 27 hours to complete

Suggested: 1-2 hours of study, 30+ hours of project work...

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic, Persian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
6 hours to complete

Develop your TV series concept

4 videos (Total 7 min), 3 quizzes
4 videos
Creating an idea for your Series1m
Define your characters1m
The story arc a full season2m
Week
2
6 hours to complete

Write Act One of your pilot episode

7 videos (Total 16 min), 3 quizzes
7 videos
Your episode - the Pilot!1m
The Three act half-hour TV episode1m
Story Structure2m
Scene Structure1m
Screenplay format and film grammar2m
Becoming familiar with the Software (Celtx)5m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Write Act Two

3 videos (Total 5 min), 2 quizzes
3 videos
Write Act Two1m
Giving your characters a voice2m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Act Three

2 videos (Total 4 min), 2 quizzes
2 videos
Write Act Three1m
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Top reviews from Script Writing: Write a Pilot Episode for a TV or Web Series (Project-Centered Course)

By AAJun 14th 2016

David Wheeler is awesome, and I love this course! I am so glad that Coursera and Michigan State University have partnered to offer this course to those of us who have a thirst for learning! Thank you!

By MTJan 11th 2017

Amazing course. Without useless talking, we are immediately thrown into action, and start working immediately. This course helped me gain priceless empiric experience, and finally start writing.

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David Wheeler

Creative Research Faculty, The Hub for Innovation
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About Michigan State University

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges....

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