ColdTowne Conservatory is now enrolling for Online: Advanced Television Pilot Writing w/ Charity L. Miller. This class meets online on Saturdays from 11am-2pm Central for 8 weeks beginning Saturday, October 3rd. You do not have to be local to Austin to enroll in this class.
When it comes to television writing, the gold is in the revision. Any writer worth their salt knows that great writing is rewriting. Yet, having a first/rough draft of a pilot is only the beginning. In this course, students will revise a draft of an original half-hour/eleven-minute pilot script. This course is designed for students that want to punch up their work in a traditional writers’ room environment, students who want to rewrite an existing project entirely, students who want to prepare their script for industry/fellowships/etc. All student projects must be original pilots (30 mins or less); no spec scripts, no features, no TV movies, no mini-series, and no hour-long teleplays.
In this 8 week extensive course, students will:
- rewrite and polish existing television pilots
- be held accountable
- fix story problems
- tweak dialogue
- maximize dramedic potential
- craft a compelling final draft
- receive and foster feedback
- pitch and punch
- strengthen character
- escalate conflict
- strengthen act breaks
- Completion of any theatre Pilot or Spec Writing Course AND
- one COMPLETED original half-hour OR eleven-minute pilot script (30 pages or less).
To apply for the Advanced TV Pilot Writing Diversity Scholarship, please click here. Applications close September 28th.
Meet the Instructor
Charity L. Miller
Charity L. Miller is a multiple Emmy-nominated writer/director/producer of crap that never wins. Originally from everywhere-the-US-Army-stationed-her-parents, she now calls LA home. She’s improvised in Netflix’s Between Two Ferns the Movie (only one line). She’s sold shows to Disney (the Mickey Mouse one). And developed original children’s programming for Imagine Entertainment (you know, like Ron Howard and Brian Grazer), Capitol Records, Endemol Shine (Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror, Grantchester), and MACROCOSM (IP). She’s a working kids’ and family television writer (Disney’s Raven’s Home, Netflix’s Family Reunion, Princesses Wear Pants, and Karma’s World, Nick Jr.’s Made by Maddie, Cartoon Network and HBO Max’s Bird and Squirrel, etc.). She also gets paid to write for those big awards shows (with like celebrities and stuff). Her dream is to be gifted with the diamond swag bag! Theatre-wise, Charity’s written several critically-lauded sketch reviews (UCB’s Jesus Was Ashy, UCB Maude Team: The New Deal, iO West’s Period Panties, and Second City Hollywood’s THIS IS NOT A TAN!); but also wrote, produced, and/or directed other less-lauded stuff (like UCB’s Token, iO West’s Jet Jaguar, and AD’d 487 Second City Hollywood Premium Shows). In addition to all that other mess, she’s directed Maude Night (UCB’s house sketch teams) and directed and written for UCB’s Legitimate Goddamn Theatre, and tons of other UCB main-stage shows. Her comedy training (The Second City Hollywood, The Ruby LA, Upright Citizens Brigade, Nerdist School, iO West), master’s degree (FSU, KSU), and Shea-buttered Neo-soul leanings (Women’s Center for Creative Work) directly clash with her family’s southern roots, advanced knowledge of hashtags, and fixation on baby animals. She’s taught hundreds of sold-out writing workshops and classes (Cartoon Network, Black Women Animate, Kickstand Comedy Theatre, The Ruby Theatre LA, etc.) and college and university-level writing classes (as a thankless adjunct professor). Charity’s been a finalist/official selection/winner of stand-up competitions (California’s Funniest Female), writing contests (like all of them), and short film competitions (SXSW). She was one of the surviving writers in the 2016 CBS Diversity Showcase (back when it was evil). In addition to sleeping, Charity co-hosts the dope AF stand-up show: Headscarves and Du-rags (HD Comedy) at The Ruby LA every month and performs with her improv troupe The Cabal every week at UCB/The Clubhouse.