Do you ever dream of being a television writer? If the answer is “yes,” then you can learn from the best for a fraction of the cost of film school.
Earlier this week, Shonda Rhimes announced that she will be offering a MasterClass course where she shares her tips on making it as TV writer and a showrunner. According to Entertainment Weekly, during the $90 course, Rhimes will walk students through more than five hours of lessons, teaching them how to craft a script, sell a pilot, and run a writers’ room. While you can enroll for the class now, it doesn’t start until Spring 2017.
The Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy creator told EW that despite being very busy, she decided to offer this class because she’s always wanted to teach—and teach in this type of way.
“I thought this was something that seemed really cool because it was an equalizer. You cannot just teach a classroom full of students, you can teach anyone who wants to learn, anywhere in the world,” Rhimes said.
She added: “And I can sort of teach how I wanted to; I could talk about television as I knew it and teach what I knew versus somebody else’s curriculum or ideas. We call it Shondaland University here in our writers’ rooms, and it was kind of cool to bring that to other people.”
She also shared a few lessons she learned from working on Grey’s that her future students will benefit from.
“[A] lot of it really was about the mechanics of storytelling, a lot of it’s about how to run a room, how to run a show, which is an entirely different animal than just writing some scripts, structuring pilots, learning how to pitch. All of those things were things that I just had no experience with. Even being a screenwriter, you sit at home in your pajamas, and you write one thing a year, maybe. It’s a completely different animal to write a television show, and going from being a film student to writing a movie to writing a television show, it’s all a big education.“
And Rhimes also stressed what an exciting time it is for television, especially all of the the opportunities there are for people to tell their stories.
“There’s so many people wanting to have stories and content on the air, and they are looking for it in so many ways: streaming, digital, cable. The opportunities feel a little bit endless in the best way possible, and I feel like there’s an open field out there for so many people. So to me, getting to teach people right now and getting people to get their chance out there, feels perfect,” she said.
Interested in enrolling in Rhimes’ class? Learn more at MasterClass’ website here.