Web Series Writing and Development: The Essentials

Learn the essentials of how to write and develop a web series on your own or with a network.

10–5pm (Classroom 1)

Unlimited Classes

Take as many as you want for $350 month. Or for $500 month also get a daily work space.

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Want to create a web series but don’t know where to start? This class is for you. At this day-long workshop, learn the essentials of how to write and develop a web series on your own, and also get insight on how to create a series with a network. 

This course is taught by Sarah Salovaara, writer and director of the Gotham Award nominated series Let Me Die a Nun.

Come in ready to learn about the writing process, independent production (how do you self-finance and make strategic, cost-effective partnerships?), release strategies (how do you build an audience?), and after-release opportunities (are there opportunities to get your web-based project on TV?). Learn about how to pitch a series to a network, and learn about the scripting process — especially on how to incorporate network feedback without relinquishing too much control. 

The latter half of the day, we’ll get down to basics and figure out what makes for a strong web series by exploring different approaches and formats of successful shows. And come to class prepared to discuss your projects and ideas for a series, with feedback from Sarah as well as time to ask her anything.


This class is part of ClassWork Film Track: Episodic, a sequence of classes that can be taken over a three-month period with experienced instructors guiding you through the ins and outs of creating your first series.


What You Will Learn

  • How to script a series, both when developing independently and with a network

  • How to finance and produce a web series independently and strategically

  • Audience finding and building techniques

  • How to pitch a series — what goes into the deck, outline, and budget?

  • The most successful formats and approaches of strong web series

About the instructor

Sarah Salovaara

Sarah Salovaara

Sarah Salovaara is a filmmaker and writer from New York City. Her work is primarily concerned with the retooling of gender roles and genre tropes. In 2017, her series, Let Me Die a Nun, starring Ana Fabrega and Hari Nef, was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award. Upcoming projects include a BRIC TV show entitled The Future Is Then; a short called Lucky Dog; and a currently untitled feature about a late-in-life lesbian who travels to Cuba for sex tourism. She is an alumna of the 2018 NYFF Artist Academy and an editor at Filmmaker Magazine.

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