Online Writing Classes!

How are my classes different?

I don’t just lecture, I collaborate. While most classes offer an instructor who tells you what’s not working with your material then leaves you to figure it out, I become your partner and offer you specific ways to make your material great. I’ll work with you one on one in each class, listening to your concerns, walking you through how to mold your ideas for the current marketplace, and pitch ideas back and forth with you on everything from loglines, to structure, to subtext scenes and plot twists. Past students can tell you that I go above and beyond to collaborate with you during class and invest myself in your future. I want you to succeed!

I teach writing from an industry standpoint. Academics have a place, but working writers know there are necessary elements to pilot scripts and pitches that can help you sell a show or get staffed. They also know what it takes to make yourself invaluable in a room, when given the opportunity to pitch to an exec or showrunner. As a writer with over twenty years experience, I’m here to teach you everything I know about writing for TV and film and help you create a great pitch or script that will get you where you want to go.

Each class is hosted online and be limited to 6 writers so enough time can be spent helping you get your project to where you want it to be.

UPCOMING CLASSES – STARTING IN OCTOBER 2018

BEAT IT! (6 WEEKS)
Already have a pitch worked out? Or maybe you have a project that you just can’t crack? Then let’s break it down and beat it out to make it a rock solid pilot! We’ll start by making sure your characters and concept are clear and on point, then use that to guide you forward. First stop, A story, B story and in some cases C story ideas and beats. These must set up your concept, your characters, set the tone, play out like a typical episode, and if your show’s serialized, set up conflict that will hint at future storylines. Sounds like a lot to do? It is! But I’ll help you get there. With the methods I’ve learned to create a structure that keeps readers engaged and introduces your concept and characters like a pro, you’ll be on your way. By the time we’re done you’ll have a bulletproof beat sheet worthy of going to draft. We’ll also dig into “surface to subtext” to help you start thinking about how the beats will be written out when you go to script.

Beat It Schedule & Fees
Sunday afternoons 2:30pm-4:30pm PST
6 weeks – October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, November 4th and 11th
That’s 12 hours of class time, enough for me to help you and up to five other students get you ready for outline/draft!

Cost: $300.00 USD per person, payable via Paypal or Venmo (additional $9 fee applies if paying by credit card).

KILL YOUR DARLINGS (6 Weeks)
Have a script that just isn’t quite right? Is your idea not coming across as well as you know it can? Not yet getting the call backs from agents, executives and showrunners that you’d like? Don’t sweat it, we’ll figure it out. I’ll walk you through the hard process of taking your first draft out behind the woodshed and help you tackle planning the rewrite. “Thou shalt rewrite” William Goldman once said. Why? Because it’s part of the process. No one is able to field all the balls in a first draft. You’re only human! But I’m not. I’m a writing robot without emotions and I’ll help you see what isn’t working, kill your darlings, fix what’s broken and show you how to punch up dialogue to define your characters and mask exposition. When you’re done, you’ll know how to get your draft where you want it to be, and have the tools and ideas to get it there.

Kill Your Darlings Schedule & Fees
Sunday evenings, 5-7pm, 6 weeks – October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, November 4th and 11th
That’s 12 hours of class time, enough for me to help you and up to five other students get you ready for rewrite!

Cost: $350.00 USD per person, payable via Paypal or Venmo (additional $9 fee applies if paying by credit card).

PITCH PERFECT (6 Weeks)
Have an idea for a show that your friends, agents or managers think you should pitch? Don’t know how to hook an exec with a logline that establishes your concept, characters and stakes in one sentence? Unsure how to lay out your concept, characters, stakes and plotline of your show in 7-12 minutes? I’ve got you covered! By the time the class is done you’ll have a killer logline, world and character summaries, summary of your pilot and even some future episode ideas. That’s what the pros go in to a pitch with. Executives love this format as it is tight and concise and easy to follow. Don’t be one of those writers who goes in and yaps endlessly and confuses producers and executives. Be one of the ones they ask back because you gave them a great pitch with great characters and a clear vision for a series. If you do this, they’ll love you for not wasting their time and you will earn yourself an open door!

Pitch Perfect Schedule & Fees
Wednesday Evenings, 7-9pm PST, 6 weeks – October 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, November 7th, 14th
That’s 12 hours of class time, enough for me to help you and up to five other students get your project ready to roll!

Cost: $300.00 USD per person, payable via Paypal or Venmo (additional $9 fee applies if paying by credit card).

THE WRITING ROOM (6 Weeks) – (requires taking Beat It or Kill Your Darlings or a private consult first)
Are you a writers’ assistant that wants to get noticed and promoted? Maybe it’s your first time on staff and you want to know how to survive and thrive in a room? I’ll play the showrunner as I and your classmates help note and pitch on your script to get it to the next level. Sound scary? It can be! But as any good showrunner will tell you, half the job is setting the tone and keeping haters and string-pullers out of the conversation. The other half is about working together in harmony, having some laughs, inspiring ideas and making your script great. You’ll come out of the class not only with some input on your script but having learned your strengths and weaknesses in the room and how to improve on them. You’ll know when to pitch and when to keep quiet. You’ll know how to interpret a network note or note from a showrunner that’s too nice to tell you the truth. Mostly you’ll know how to be an invaluable part of the team.

The Writing Room Schedule & Fees
Thursday Evenings, 7-9pm, 6 weeks – October 11th, 18th, 25th, November 1st, 8th, 15th
Cost: $400.00 USD per person, payable via Paypal or Venmo (additional $10 fee applies if paying by credit card).
That’s 12 hours of class time, enough for me to help you and up to five other students get room ready!

How to Sign Up For Classes
Class sizes are limited – Contact me directly at ethan@ethanbanville.com to sign up today.

Payment accepted through Venmo.com or Paypal.com