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november, 2018

01novAll Day08Masterclass:In the TV Writers' Room with Meredith Stiehm and Lisa Zwerling(All Day) Hedgebrook

Event Details

A workshop for aspiring one-hour Drama Writers.


The television writer’s room is where the creativity happens: story ideas get hashed out on whiteboards, character arcs get mapped on post-its, and the writing team collaborates to plan a season.

If you want to experience what it’s like inside the writer’s room – and you have a TV series or pilot idea you’re developing – this class is an unprecedented opportunity to spend a week in “Hedgebrook’s writers’ room” with two seasoned television writers. Meredith and Lisa will lead you and four other writers through full group workshops to develop your ideas and hold constructive one-on-one mentoring sessions to help you hone your pilot’s first act.

You should come with ideas about what your full series will be and a draft (or solid beginning) of your pilot. Be prepared to read your peer’s first acts, participate in all-room meetings, with free time built in for writing, rewriting and being in retreat.

Meredith Stiehm – BIO:

Writer/Executive Producer of Homeland (Showtime), winner of the Emmy, Golden Globe, WGA and Peabody Award for best drama series; co-creator and Executive Producer of The Bridge (FX),winner of a 2013 Peabody Award; and creator and Executive Producer of the drama series Cold Case, which ran for seven years on CBS.  Other writing credits include: NYPD Blue (Emmy nomination, dramatic writing) and ER (two Emmy nominations, best drama series).  Meredith has written pilots for HBO, Showtime, and BBC America.  She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in with a B.A. in English/Playwriting.




Lisa Zwerling – BIO

Writer/Executive Producer of upcoming Starz spy series The Rook. She got her start on the iconic NBC series ER and went on to write and produce Flashforward and Betrayal for ABC as well as create Weekends At Bellevue andMidnight Sun for NBC. She has developed a variety of projects at AMC, HBO, SHOWTIME, HULU and STARZ.

Please note: The application is accessible via SlideRoom. Each Master Class has a priority deadline listed below, and classes often fill with a waitlist. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by Hedgebrook staff and teachers, so we strongly recommend interested writers apply as soon as possible. We anticipate decisions will be finalized within two weeks of the priority deadline.

All levels are welcome to this Master Class.

Priority application deadline: August 21st, 2018
Class Dates: Nov 1st – Nov 8th, 2018


Fee: $3000 (Covers lodging, meals and workshops; all taxes included. A portion is tax-deductible. Please note that we are unable to offer financial aid or scholarships for this program, since it provides a vitally needed earned income stream for Hedgebrook.)


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