5 Ways to Break In as a TV Writer

It’s True Origin Story time! A solid guide to getting started writing for TV that we believe is worth taking to heart:

by Rebecca Norris

Dreaming of writing for TV? Via interviews with five working TV writers in Hollywood, this guide will take you through different ways that writers have broken into the television business. Even though their paths are different, there are three things the writers all have in common: hard work, love of the craft, and perseverance. You’ll want to set aside at least an hour to get the most out of this guide and these exclusive classes and interviews. This guide is created specifically for TSL 360 members. Get ready for a big dose of inspiration!

If you don’t already have a TSL 360 membership, be sure to join TSL 360 for a FREE 3-day trial membership! TSL 360 is the LARGEST screenwriting education content library where you can learn from the best in the biz, featuring dozens of masterclasses, deep-dive interviews and lectures from Academy Award-winning screenwriters, Emmy-winning TV writers, producers, agents, major studio executives – all in one place.  

You’ll learn about:

  • Breaking into TV via the network/studio writing programs
  • Breaking into TV as a second career
  • Breaking into TV by writing for other platforms, such as theatre and games
  • Breaking into TV via the assistant route
  • Breaking into TV from contest wins
  • Breaking into TV after finding representation
  • Breaking into TV by bringing your own personal experience to the table

Ready to dive in? Sign up for your TSL 360 membership, and then let’s get started:

1. VIDEO: KIRA SNYDER, FILM AND TV WRITER/PRODUCER

Kira Snyder is an Emmy-winning writer and producer, whose television credits include The 100 (CW), The Handmaid’s Tale(Hulu), Alphas (SyFy), and Eureka (SyFy). She was also a screenwriter on Steven S. DeKnight’s film Pacific Rim: Uprising. 

Kira worked as the co-producer of The 100 for three seasons and also wrote five episodes of the series. On The Handmaid’s Tale, Kira worked as a supervising producer for ten episodes and worked as an executive story editor for thirteen episodes on Alphas and Eureka. 

In her interview on TSL 360, Kira talks about getting into television after first having a separate career in gaming....

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