Outlining the TV Drama

Celena Cipriaso
Staff Writer @ Clarice (CBS)
Wednesdays 5/26, 6/2 & 6/9 @ 4:00pm - 6:00pm PT

Sold Out - Waitlist Available

Show of virtual hands, who’s ever said: 'I’ve got the best idea for a show'? Probably most of us have thought this at one point or another, but, when it comes time to roll up our sleeves and get to it, we realize that crafting a compelling and effective pilot episode is incredibly difficult, and it’s difficult before you even get started. Should you have a teaser? How long should it be? How many pages total is each Act, and should you even include act breaks in a script anymore? And that’s not even addressing how to weave all of your storylines together.

This is the point when you realize that a solid outline is going to be key, but there’s just one problem: you aren’t sure how to outline a TV episode.

Take a deep breath and worry no more! Celena Cipriaso is here with a three-week clinic to break down all your outlining concerns and questions! 

You'll walk away with a developed outline ready to go to pages!

In This 3-Week Clinic You Will:

  • Identify the important beats of your pilot
  • Create your characters’ inner needs and exterior challenges
  • Pace and structure the narrative for maximum impact
  • Bring your individual story threads together
  • Get weekly personalized feedback on your material
    About Your Host

    Celena Cipriaso has been a journalist, a spoken word poet, a playwright, and a soap opera writer for All My Children in New York City. She then journeyed to LA and worked as a writer assistant and script coordinator on shows such as The Arrangement, Teresa, Knightfall, and Star Trek: Discovery. She also was a fellow of the 2017-2018 NBC Writer’s on The Verge Program and the 2018 Writer’s Assistant Network Fellowship. She is the co-writer of the recently released and critically acclaimed movie Yellow Rose, the first Filipino-American film to be distributed by a major studio (Sony). Most recently, she was a staff writer on Clarice.

    What To Expect

    Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation email that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email you will find a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to your syllabus, instructions for submitting material (if any), and the link to join the Live Class. Sessions are conducted via video conferencing software ZOOM. You will receive a link to the recording of the session via email following the live session.

    Payment Plans

    Payment plans are available for most multi-week classes. For 4-week programs, your balance will be due the second week of class. For longer programs, the balance will be broken up into 3 or 4 payments with the final payment due prior to the final week of class. Please note that you are responsible for the full price of the class even if you decide not to complete the program for any reason.

    Cancellation Policy

    You may cancel for a full refund up to 72 hrs. prior to the start of the class. Cancellations requested after this deadline will be ineligible for refunds.


    If you have any questions at all about this class, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at alex@roadmapwriters.com!

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