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IMG_7478.jpegHow To Write (& Sell) a Television Cartoon Show

a 6-week course that meets Tuesdays, March 26–April 30, 2013, 6:30-8:30 pm

Futurama writer Jason Gorbett will show you how to create, develop, and write scripts like they do on Matt Groening’s Emmy-winning animated hit. This intensive 6-week course is for writers without professional television experience who want to learn how to create a show from pitch out to pitching agents.

This class will recreate the authentic experience of a professional writers’ room to give students the feel of what it’s like to work in the television industry, including lots of behind-the-scenes stories. Students will create half-hour scripts for a television sitcom, as well as be encouraged and inspired to participate, punch up jokes and build plots.

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Create a world
  • Populate it with great, contrasting characters
  • Build a plot
  • Write an outline and first draft
  • Think like a TV writer and talk terminology
  • Write collaboratively and brainstorm
  • Understand the tone, style, and theme of shows and networks

By the end of class, you will have:

Hands-on experience with the animated sitcom writing process, a solid beginning of your script, and techniques to make your writing stand out to agents, networks, studios and executive producers.

Jason Gorbett, 2nd from left, with Mark Cohen and fellow Futurama writers at the Emmys

Jason Gorbett holds masters degrees in both philosophy and journalism., and worked as a journalist, travel writer, and tour leader until meeting his wife in Belize and moving to L.A., where he found himself in Matt Groening’s office on the Twentieth Century Fox lot. He worked with Groening day-in/day-out for three and a half years, collaborating alongside writers for David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, and The Simpsons, culminating in a wealth of knowledge he’s happy to pass on to his students.

Industry testimonials for Jason Gorbett:

“He’s hilarious.” Matt Groening, The Simpsons and Futurama

” . . . great, great work in the room and on the script!”
David X. Cohen, Executive Producer & Show Runner, Futurama

“Jason has been a tremendous asset to the show, and can always be counted on to do a great job . . . he impressed me from the beginning with his hard work, patience and wide range of knowledge . . . complete pleasure to work with . . . dedicated, responsible, and honest . . . I highly recommend him.”
David X. Cohen, Executive Producer & Show Runner, Futurama

“I love . . . you . . .”
Lucy Liu (actual quote: “I love [it when] you [spell check].”)


SIGN UP by clicking the button below to register! Cost: $295 for this 6-week course that meets Tuesdays, March 25–April 30, 2013, 6:30-8:30 pm (SRL alumni, use the pink arrow below to enroll at a discount)

Cost: $295 for the 6-week course that begins Tuesdays, March 26–April 30, 2013, 7:30-9:30 pm
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We are located in the historic Virginia Highlands artsy community in Atlanta, Georgia at 695 Pylant St., Atlanta, GA, 30306! Click HERE for directions from your location to our space!

We’re located just north of Downtown Atlanta in the Virginia Highlands area. Our Atlanta creative writing students come from Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett County. They come from midtown, Marietta, Norcross, Sandy Springs, near the perimeter, outside the perimeter, on Peachtree or north of metro Atlanta. That includes Suwanee, Lithonia, Lawrenceville, Kennesaw, Emory, Douglasville, Decatur, Chamblee, Conyers, Buford, Alpharetta, Saturn, Pluto, and the occasional escapee from the nearest black hole.