Special One-Day Workshop:
Writing for Television
with Sarah McLaughlin

Saturday • June 21, 2014 • Austin, TX
Location: PromiseLand Church
1504 East 51st Street (Mueller Area)

Sunday, June 22: One-on-One Consultations with Sarah

June 21, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Austin, TX

Lunch on your own, with lots of choices at Mueller, on Cameron Road and down Airport Road

During this special, all-day seminar, Hollywood TV Writer Sarah McLaughlin will present. Learn more about Sarah on her website and blog TV Scriptdoctor.

Sarah McLaughlin TV Writing Workshop

Morning: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Sarah educates us about writing for TV, how it's the same and different than writing feature movies, how to come up with killer pilot concepts, what the studios expect from you.
Lunch from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. A mini writers' room: Make believe we're the writing team for FRIENDS (that great old TV show).

Attendees can do a quick pitch (for practice) of a storyline idea. A main A story, possibly a B sub-story as well. The group will pick one to build out into a story, with everyone pitching story ideas and jokes together. The fun part is developing the details.

From her website: My name is Sarah McLaughlin and my story starts like yours might. I started as a production assistant on the hit ABC show, “Home Improvement.” There I studied every script I could get my hands on and taught myself the nuances of television writing.

This dedication, combined with an acceptance to the prestigious and competitive Warner Bros. Writers Workshop, led to a promotion to writers’ assistant on the FOX sitcom, “That ‘70s Show.” The following season I was promoted onto the writing staff and it launched my television-writing career. I have since gone on to work on “South Park,” Season 13 and sell pilots to MTV and SONY television.

As a writer, I’ve worked with the executive producers, showrunners and the writing staff on over 12 network primetime shows. I’ve had the unique opportunity to sit in the writers room alongside some of Hollywood’s most creative minds. I’ve seen hundreds of TV episodes start from an idea tossed out by a writer. I have contributed to every step of the story development until the show is filmed and wrapped.

I give script notes on a daily basis and see them implemented weekly on my shows. As a script evaluator and creative consultant for the Warner Bros. Writers Workshop and The Disney/ABC writers fellowship, I help other creative talents gain the experience and attention that will help them achieve their own dreams.

I have fifteen years experience in the TV writer field and succeeded because of a simple principle: “Writers need feedback.” I’ve never met or worked with a writer who would finish a first draft of a script and simply turn it in to a showrunner, an agent or TV executive. Writers turn to other writers to help them see what they’re missing to take their first draft to a superior polished script. A fellow writer knows what your script needs: an extra plot point, a dramatic moment or a memorable joke that ends up on t-shirts.

Simpy put, fellow writers can tell you precisely what’s missing and how to elevate your script to the next level. Get the personal guidance you need from a professional who has seen it and done it all.


Register via Email:

  • $20 for ASG members
  • $55 for non-members
  • $50 for workshop + one year dues to ASG
    Cash, check or money order payable to Austin Screenwriters Group

Register by sending your name, email and phone number to Dana Cowden at danac707@aol.com. She'll confirm and give you the address of the ASG treasurer so you can mail your check or money order.

You can also pay at the regular weekend ASG meetings as well. Find our Treasurer Jill Oleson to get her your payment.


One-on-One Consultations with Sarah McLaughlin Right Here in Austin!
Sunday, June 22nd

Sarah will also offer completely personalized, comprehensive services focused on the one goal of helping you write and rewrite your personal best script and maximize your chances of getting your script read by an agent and getting a job on a TV show.

Pitching Consultation: This gets you ready for your upcoming important pitch. Whether you have one idea that needs honing and refining before sitting down with an executive or you're trying to choose between multiple ideas and need guidance on the best ones you should develop. Sarah willhelp you decide which of your ideas will be the best viable option given what's hot in the current TV market

The fee for each individual is $40 for a 30-minute session or $75 for one hour, payable during the consultation. Location: Lobby of Residence Inn at Mueller (Barbara Jordan Blvd and Lancaster). Let Dana know when you register if you want a Sunday consultation. We'll work out the schedule at the workshop on Saturday.


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