Writing for Episodic TV: From Freelance to Showrunner

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  • Writing for Episodic TV: From Freelance to Showrunner

    The following book is a must-read for all wanting to pursue a television writing career. So much so, THIS POST SHOULD BE A STICKY.

    This WGAw booklet aims to provide you with a sense of the job, and what's expected of you once you've gotten the job, so that the collective goal of producing quality television can be accomplished more effectively, congenially, and successfully by all.

    Check out the link to this free downloadable book at www.wga.org/manuals/episo...c_toc.html

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    New Link: http://www.wga.org/subpage_writersresources.aspx?id=156
    Last edited by billmarq; 01-19-2006, 05:50 AM.

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    Thank you for posting this. Very good resource.

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    • #3
      Agreed. Thanks.

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        If you want a hard copy of the booklet...

        ...the Writer's Guild Library at 3rd and Fairfax in L.A. will give you one for free.

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        • #5
          I agree. Thank you so much for posting the info.

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            Re: Writing for Episodic TV: From Freelance to Showrunner

            Praxis used to make a copy available to their members when they were independent. Now try Simon Fraser Downtown.
            It's not just a forest: it's a whole bunch of different trees

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              Re: Writing for Episodic TV: From Freelance to Showrunner

              The original link now seems to be dead. Try this instead.

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                Re: Writing for Episodic TV: From Freelance to Showrunner

                Thanks for posting the new link. I was desperately searching for that.
                "I want to do a romance inside of you." - Borat

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                  Re: Writing for Episodic TV: From Freelance to Showrunner

                  Thank You! ^.^

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                    Re: Writing for Episodic TV: From Freelance to Showrunner

                    Great learning material.

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                      Re: Writing for Episodic TV: From Freelance to Showrunner

                      Thanks, but if that's all true, where did 'quality television' go?

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                        Re: Writing for Episodic TV: From Freelance to Showrunner

                        Originally posted by Filmfelinemeowmeow View Post
                        Thanks, but if that's all true, where did 'quality television' go?
                        As dead as most of the actors, writers, producers, and directors who, together, created it.

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                          Re: Writing for Episodic TV: From Freelance to Showrunner

                          Originally posted by Filmfelinemeowmeow View Post
                          Thanks, but if that's all true, where did 'quality television' go?
                          It went to premium channels like HBO.

                          Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Dexter, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Homeland, etc.

                          There's still plenty of great shows out there. Just fewer on basic cable.

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                            Re: Writing for Episodic TV: From Freelance to Showrunner

                            Probably the best book on TV writing:

                            http://www.amazon.com/Television-Wri.../dp/1557835012
                            Last edited by Dr. Vergerus; 12-02-2011, 04:51 AM.

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                              Re: Writing for Episodic TV: From Freelance to Showrunner

                              Originally posted by BurOak View Post
                              As dead as most of the actors, writers, producers, and directors who, together, created it.
                              sniff, sniff, sniff

                              you're right, cable stations still have some nice shows, but have you noticed how almost all put 'close to' porn into the show to 'grab' the audience? The Tudors, Big Love etc., American Horror story. Gotta say Big Love is ok, a friend of mine writes for it, the rest I'm not too keen about. But damn! The Walking Dead got me waiting for the next eeeeeepyz
                              Last edited by Filmfelinemeowmeow; 12-02-2011, 05:20 PM.

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