Skip to main content

Sell Your Reality Show... Next Tuesday!

Hey, guys--

If you're hoping to sell the next The Bachelorette, American Idol, or Dancing with the Stars... or even if you just want to work on them... I'm teaching my reality TV seminar, "Writing the Reality TV Show," for mediabistro next Tuesday, July 7. If you're interested (and in Los Angeles), I'd love to see you there! Here's the scoop...

(Also, for those of you who have already emailed or asked... YES-- this is the class that was originally scheduled for Monday, July 13. It's been moved up.)

Writing the Reality TV Show

So You Think You Can Dance. The Real World. Rock of Love. The Amazing Race. From the
multi-million-dollar series of broadcast television to the low-budget
niche shows of cable, reality programming dominates television. But are
reality shows really "reality?" How much planning and production goes
into unscripted storytelling? And, most importantly, how can you get in
on the action?

This seminar lays the groundwork for anyone wanting to break into
the lucrative world of reality TV. We'll look at various types of
reality shows and what makes them tick, from docu-dramas and docu-soaps
(The City, Keeping Up With the Kardashians ) to game shows and elimination-style competitions (The Biggest Loser, Big Brother, Top Chef, Survivor) to personality-driven and "aspirational" series (Dietribe, Ruby, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition).

We'll then discuss how to conceive, develop, and sell your idea.
What are the critical elements of a pitch? Should you attach talent?
Does your series work as a strip? We'll explore how to structure your
reality pitch and get it to the right people. Who are the major
players? When should you attach a senior producer? What networks are
best for your concept? Whether you're a writer, producer, or host,
reality television's waiting for you.

In this seminar, you will learn:

  • The differences between reality shows, and how to pitch them accordingly
  • The critical elements every reality show and pitch must have
  • How to structure a pitch both verbally and as a written document
  • How to pitch to networks, studios, and production companies
  • When to attach hosts or producers to your idea, and when not to
  • What to expect when you're making your pitch, and what happens when you leave

Click here for more information...

WHEN: Tuesday, July 7, 7-10 pm
WHERE: Beverly Hills Bar Assoc., 300 S. Beverly Dr., 2nd Fl., Beverly Hills, CA 90212
COST: $65 ($50 for avantguild members)
TO SIGN UP
: Call 212-547-7890 or click HERE

Hope you can make it!

Tamron Hall: On Turning Reporting Into Storytelling

Tamron Hall: On Turning Reporting Into Storytelling

Emmy® Award-winning talk show host Tamron Hall discusses how her decades as a reporter led to writing her new thriller novel, As the Wicked Watch.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 620

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a "Noun of Place" poem.

Welcome to the World

Welcome to the World

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, set your story on a brand new world.

Emiko Jean: On Writing About Complicated Mother-Daughter Relationships

Emiko Jean: On Writing About Complicated Mother-Daughter Relationships

Author Emiko Jean discusses the seed of an idea that became her new novel, Mika in Real Life.

Sarah Zachrich Jeng: On Trying Out Different Endings

Sarah Zachrich Jeng: On Trying Out Different Endings

Debut novelist Sarah Zachrich Jeng discusses the process of writing her thriller novel, The Other Me.

From Script

Five Things Readers Wish Every Writer Knew (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, learn five simple but invaluable lessons to make readers’ lives a bit easier and make your script a smoother read.

3 Tips for Writing a Second Chance Romance

3 Tips for Writing a Second Chance Romance

What makes second chance romance so enticing to read and challenging to write? Author Kerry Winfrey offers 3 tips for writing a second chance romance.

writer's digest wd presents

WD Presents: 6 WDU Courses, a Chance at Publication, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce 6 WDU courses, a chance to be published, and more!

6 Things My Career as a Travel Writer Taught Me About Writing a Memoir

6 Things My Career as a Travel Writer Taught Me About Writing a Memoir

After 30 years as a travel writer, Mark Chesnut spent his days exploring the world and writing about what he saw. Here, he shares 6 things his career as a travel writer taught him about writing his first memoir.