Spotlight Workshop: The Skills & Secrets to Writing One-Hour Television

Date(s) - 01/12/2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm



Learn how to find a seat at the table and thrive in a television writer’s room…

Breaking into writing episodic drama can seem like cracking the sort of mystery you’d find in a… well, an episodic drama. If you’re trying to decode the process of getting into a writers’ room, join us for a discussion on what it takes to be a successful candidate, how to present yourself to a showrunner, and how to make yourself invaluable once you’re in.

The discussion will be led by a showrunner who has traveled this bumpy road herself. Whether you’re brand new, already working on a show in a non-writing capacity, or on staff and planning your next steps, bring your questions. We’ll share thoughts, tips, frustrations, and success stories. The goal of the session is to inform you, encourage you, and ensure you’re pointed in the right direction to reach your goals in writing episodic drama.

By the end of this class you will:

  • Whether episodic drama is the place for you as a writer;
  • The tools you will need to get started and to move forward as a writer;
  • How to catch the attention of a showrunner; and
  • The vital keys to longevity in a career in episodic writing.

Who should attend: Writers who want to break into episodic drama for television and/or streaming. Writers who are already working but still have questions.

Requirements: Bring something to take notes.

Instructor: Sheryl J. Anderson is a television writer/producer; she is currently executive producer and showrunner of Sweet Magnolias, coming to Netflix in 2019. Her credits go back to pre-streaming days and include Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Charmed (the first one), Flash Gordon, and Ties That Bind. She has sold pilots to SyFy, Lifetime, and NBC, and written movies for Hallmark and UPtv. Sheryl is an adjunct faculty member in the Screenwriting MFA program at Pepperdine University and lectures regularly at Azusa Pacifica University. She is also the author of the Molly Forrester Mysteries (Ignition Books).

Space is limited, and you must register ahead of time, so sign up today!

Register HERE.


Are there ID requirements to enter the event?

The good folks at the Netflix Security Gate will need to see a government-issued photo ID to match with your name on the list we give them, so make sure you register and bring your driver’s license or passport with you.

What are my parking options getting to the event?

Parking is free if you are on the attendee list – here are the guest parking guidelines:

  • Guest parking is located at 1455 N. Van Ness Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
  • Please enter the Main Entry via the left side security gate.
  • A current photo ID is required.
  • Security personnel will direct you to complimentary self-parking.
  • The Netflix lobby is located directly across from the parking garage.
  • A check-in table will be in front of the topiary wall in the lobby.