An Overview of the TV Industry; Getting Your Scripts Read; Situational Comedies; Developing Your Sitcom Story; Sitcom Structural Outlining; Your Sitcom Story; Scripting Your Sitcom; Other Kinds of TV Comedy; Plot-Driven Dramas; Character Driven Drama; Formatting for Prime Time Drama; The Television Pilot; Finding an Original Premise; Made for TV Movies; Creating Compelling Characters; Writing Dialogue that Dances on the Page; How to Get a Pitch Meeting; A Mock Assignment; The Shoot; Writing the Script; In the Edit Bay and Beyond; Writing for Reality Television; How to Get An Agent; The Writers Guild of America; Writing Teams; How to Get Work as a Television Writer; Getting the Interview; Congratulations, You've Got the Job... Now What?; The Power of Networking; Other Things That Can Help You Succeed
Martie Cook has over three decades of experience as a respected writer and producer of television and film. She has worked for all four major networks and PBS as well as for Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, and Universal Studios. A member of the Writers Guild of America West, Cook has written for hit television shows such as the top-ten Nielsen rated Full House, and the cult classic, Charles in Charge. She has served as a writer/producer for Entertainment Tonight, America's Most Wanted, and the PBS Emmy-award winning children's show Zoom. Recently, she sold an idea for a pilot to Jerry Bruchkeimer Television, Warner Bros., and NBC. Cook currently teaches screenwriting at Emerson College in Boston, MA, where she also serves as Assocaiate Chair in the Visual and Media Arts Department.