Course Info

SCWR 250: Introduction to Television Writing (Formerly DC 272)

Due to COVID-19, Spring in-class sections will be conducted online. Please contact your instructor for more information.

This course focuses on writing the sitcom and one-hour drama television formats. Students will examine the conventions of serialized and procedural series and will learn how the collaborative dynamic of the writer's room impacts story. The lectures and workshop provide a foundation of what it takes to be a professional staff writer and culminate in crafting a spec episode of a current television series.

(SCWR 100 or SCWR 101) and (SCWR 150 or SCWR 151) are prerequisites for this class.

Fall 2020-2021

Section: 401
Class number: 10722
Meeting time: W 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: REMOT E0000
Section: 402
Class number: 10723
Meeting time: W 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: REMOT E0000

Spring 2019-2020

Section: 301
Class number: 30220
Meeting time: Tu 1:00PM - 4:15PM
Location: REMOT E0000

Winter 2019-2020

Section: 501
Class number: 25558
Meeting time: Th 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS 00207 at Loop Campus

Fall 2019-2020

Section: 401
Class number: 16123
Meeting time: W 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS 00211 at Loop Campus
CLOSED
Section: 402
Class number: 16124
Meeting time: W 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS 00801 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Mark O'Connell
CLOSED

Spring 2018-2019

Section: 301
Class number: 36243
Meeting time: Tu 1:00PM - 4:15PM
Location: LEVAN 00305 at Lincoln Park Campus
Instructor: Michael McCarthy
CLOSED

Winter 2018-2019

Section: 501
Class number: 25683
Meeting time: Th 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS 00209 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Mark O'Connell
CLOSED

Fall 2018-2019

Section: 401
Class number: 14718
Meeting time: W 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS 00211 at Loop Campus
CLOSED
Section: 402
Class number: 15124
Meeting time: W 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: CDM 00226 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Michael McCarthy

Summer II 2017-2018

Section: 501
Class number: 42232
Meeting time: MW 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: 14EAS 00214 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Michael McCarthy
Section: 510
Class number: 42233
Meeting time: -
Location: at Online Campus
Instructor: Michael McCarthy

Winter 2017-2018

Section: 501
Class number: 21013
Meeting time: Th 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS 00209 at Loop Campus

Fall 2017-2018

Section: 401
Class number: 12438
Meeting time: W 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS 00211 at Loop Campus
CLOSED
Section: 402
Class number: 13036
Meeting time: W 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS 00209 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Mark O'Connell

Winter 2016-2017

Section: 502
Class number: 22577
Meeting time: Th 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS 00211 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Michael McCarthy
Section: 801
Class number: 22107
Meeting time: Tu 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: 14EAS 00211 at Loop Campus

Fall 2016-2017

Section: 401
Class number: 32994
Meeting time: W 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS 00211 at Loop Campus
Section: 402
Class number: 41923
Meeting time: W 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS 00209 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Mark O'Connell

Winter 2015-2016

Section: 501
Class number: 22621
Meeting time: Tu 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS 00211 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Michael McCarthy
Section: 502
Class number: 26612
Meeting time: Th 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS 00211 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Michael McCarthy

Fall 2015-2016

Section: 401
Class number: 11490
Meeting time: W 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS 00211 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Michael McCarthy