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WRITING

THE iO WRITING PROGRAM PROVIDES SKILLS STUDENTS CAN PUT TO IMMEDIATE USE TO FURTHER THEIR CAREER.

The iO West Training Center is a destination for aspiring comedians, writers, and actors seeking to broaden their skill set.

Our classes are designed to provide the tools needed to build your career in comedy and acting, whether on stage or on camera.

As a student you will practice being present, seeking truthful ways to discover comedic moments, and committing to ensemble to unlock the magic of group mind. Regardless of where you are in your career, iO West offers the education, expertise and opportunities needed to learn sought after skills and sharpen your comedic sensibilities.

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Television Writing Program:

Intro to Television Comedy Writing (7 weeks)

This class is recommended for anyone just getting started in television writing. Students will be instructed in the basics of how to write both a spec script and a pilot script, forming a strong foundation for writing half-hour television comedies. The instructor brings years of professional experience to the table in guiding students to attain a better understanding of story, character, process, structure, and pitching — all elements critical to success in the field of television writing.

The goal of this class is to get students to write a spec script outline that will provide a foundation for either finishing a spec script or beginning a pilot script in the Intermediate Pilot and Spec class.

Class Taught by Kara Lee Burk.

Cost: $380
Instructors:

Kara Lee Burk

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Intermediate Pilot and Spec (7 weeks)

This second in the series, INTERMEDIATE PILOT & SPEC writing is recommended for graduates of the first class OR students who have a general knowledge and structure of script writing (meaning you’ve written at least one or two specs) and you’re looking to hone your abilities to develop the skills that will help you deliver a script head and tails above the rest. Taught by a seasoned sitcom veteran who has written hundreds of hours of television as well as sold over a half dozen original pilots to such networks as HBO, FOX, and DISNEY, this seven-week course focuses entirely on helping students their skill set to a network level.

With a strong emphasis in story and character, this course is designed to push writers from neophyte to professional. Whether you’re looking to start a brand new spec or punch up the one you’ve been working on forever but never managed to finish, this class will provide a “writer’s room” atmosphere to create a strong collaboration and support for your original work. Whether you’re looking to create your own original pilot or craft a spec to help you get into one of the studios various writers’ workshops or fellowships, this intermediate series is a must to learn what it takes to take a script from good to GREAT. Students are encouraged to repeat this course as SEVERAL have gone on to land precious spots in studio and network workshops as well as staff positions on hit sitcoms.

Cost: $380
Instructors:

Mark Amato

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Sketch Writing Program:

Level One - Intro to Sketch (5 weeks)

Level one introduces you to the basics of sketch writing. Including structure, types of sketches, tricks of the trade, and how exploring point of view can help set your sketches apart from the crowd. In this program you will explore all forms of sketch writing, how to write by yourself and with a partner, how to start embracing your unique sensibilities to enhance your sketches and help you start your journey of discovering your own personal comedic voice.

You will be writing assignments inside and outside of class. Please be prepared and bring to class either a laptop or notebook and pen. Final sketches must be written with proper formatting, which will be eased by the use of a screenwriting program such as: Final Draft, Celtex, WriterDuet or others. A separate notebook will be assigned for outside work.

Level Two - Intermediate Sketch For The Writer/Performer (5 weeks)

This class is specifically directed at those performers who want to start writing for themselves, with a heavy focus on character. Exploring character scenes, character monologues and group character scenes. There is also a focus on sketch acting and how to make strong choices as a sketch performer.

(Prerequisite: completion of level one)

You will be writing assignments inside and outside of class. Please be prepared and bring to class either a laptop or notebook and pen. Final sketches must be written with proper formatting, which will be eased by the use of a screenwriting program such as: Final Draft, Celtex, WriterDuet or others. A separate notebook will be assigned for outside work.

Level Three - Creating A Show (5 weeks)

Learn how to create a full sketch comedy show as part of a writing team and the importance of mixing your personal comedic voice to help discover a group voice. The class will work together to write and edit everything needed in a great sketch show: opening sketches, blackouts, group scenes, 2 person scenes, skill scenes and callbacks. Other elements of a sketch will be studied, including casting, direction, and running order decisions.

(Prerequisite: Completion of either or both level two classes)

You will be writing assignments inside and outside of class. Please be prepared and bring to class either a laptop or notebook and pen. Final sketches must be written with proper formatting, which will be eased by the use of a screenwriting program such as: Final Draft, Celtex, WriterDuet or others. A separate notebook will be assigned for outside work.