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Should You Pay for TV Writing Education? (PT19)

Alex and Nick discuss the value of paying for screenwriting education.
From graduate school to extension classes and books, we take a look at whether or not they’re worth your time or money to learn about TV writing.

What is the point of film school for television? Which extra classes are worth paying for? What are some of the best books on the subject?

The Paper Team opens their textbook…



1 – A special e-mail and our own TV writing education (0:32)
2 – Is film school worth it for TV? (10:08)
3 – TV writing extension classes and books (14:53)
Takeaways & Resources (25:03)


UCLA’s TFT mysterious “showrunner program”
UCLA’s Writing Extension Classes
Richard Hatem
The TV Writer’s Workbook by Ellen Sandler
Elephant Bucks by Sheldon Bull
The Cheeky Monkey by Tim Ferguson
The Coffee Break Screenwriter by Pilar Alessandra
Writing the TV Drama Series by Pamela Douglas
Small Screen, Big Picture by Chad Gervich
Desperate Networks by Bill Carter


BBC Writers Room

Special thanks to Jason J. Cohn for helping us edit this episode.

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Alex Freedman & Nick Watson

Paper Team is a podcast about television writing and becoming a TV writer.

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