Larry Brody’s Master Class is just that, in every sense of the word, and is earmarked for the best of the best of the 500+ writers who’ve studied at TVWriter University in the last ten years.
It has come into existence because over time LB has seen a growing need for a class in which neither he nor the participants will waste time getting bogged down in “editing” minutiae such as spelling, punctuation, format, awkward dialog, stilted descriptions, etc. This class, quite simply, is for writers/students who don’t need to worry about such things because their talent, skill, and determination have taken them beyond that point.
The purpose of the Master Class is to concentrate on the forest instead of merely the trees. To concentrate on the whole shape, structure, and arc of each participant’s work. On how well the elements of story/theme/characterization come together. On anticipating production and performer needs. On creating the best possible script, as opposed to one that has pages of what we can call “good writing” but that doesn’t really gel into a teleplay or screenplay that makes every reader go, “Wow!”
In order to see the totality, LB needs to see a substantial chunk of pages each time he reads. That means that instead of reading a max of 10 pages per student per meeting, in the Master Class LB reads up to 60 pages per week per student – as long as those 60 pages are part or all of the same project, the script you’ve chosen to bust your chops over in this class.
Why 60 pages? Well, most TVWriter University workshoppers are working on TV material with page counts under that number. That means that in this class, if you’re writing a 1-hour show you’ll have the chance to turn in a completed 1st draft and 3 full sets of revisions over the 4 week run of the class. And if you’re writing a 1/2 hour show you’ll be able to refine your work even further. (This is just one possible scenario. You can also come to the first class with just an idea and move into the outline and then the full length script from there. Or anything in between.) And if you’re working on a feature length project, well, just let LB know and he will work with you on ways to accommodate that.
Like the Advanced Workshop, Master Class Sessions run for 4 weeks, once a week. Each meeting takes place Wednesday nights at 6 PM Pacific time in the video chat room and will run as long as it needs to, which means as long as there are questions and issues to discuss. The next one is scheduled to start the first week in November, 2014, but flexibility is LB’s middle name. (Wow, Larry Flexible Brody? Bet you did not know that.)
Preparation for each class meeting is considerable. Participants can count on having to write, write, write. And, in turn, LB has to read, read, read. All concerned must be prepared to spend the same kind of time and effort they would if they were staffing a series or writing directly for a network or studio.
How you, the writer/student accomplish this is, of course, up to you and that “determination” part of your makeup. How LB does it is like this:
1) The LB Master Class is very, very small. A maximum of 3 students in each go-round, no exceptions, add-ons, or favors.
2) The LB Master Class is by invitation-only. If you haven’t been invited but believe you have everything it takes to benefit from what the class offers, don’t hesitate to contact Larry Brody and talk about it.
The cost is $279 per session. After LB has approved your participation he will send you the password for the Master Class Payment Page.
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