Joel Thompson

Instructor Biography:

MFA, television writer, and WGA member whose writing credits include House MD, Boomtown, Battlestar Galactica, and Falling Skies. Mr. Thompson was a former story analyst for Icon Pictures, Village Roadshow, and John Wells Productions. He has also sold pitches to various networks including CBS, HBO Films, and Stage 9 Productions (Disney), and is a contributing author to Inside the Room (Gotham Books/Penguin).

Instructor Statement:

The very act of writing a story is a journey of discovery. Its completion leaves the writer better, and more knowing than before they embarked. Writing requires a delicate coupling of vision with an acute understanding of the fundamentals. My objective is to introduce those fundamentals and help you discover your creativity from within, for the journeys that lie ahead. Cultivating a germ of an idea into an outline is a critical step in composing a sound teleplay. We’ll have an open and sharing atmosphere to explore the many places story ideas can emerge. We’ll examine common traits in successful shows. Because a writer’s success also hinges on longevity and outlook, survival tips for tackling writer’s block and rejection fears will also be discussed. I’ll help you weave your artistry, character arcs, and plot points into a structured television outline to prepare you for the beginning of your great journey.

Our Students Say it Best!

“Joel is awesome. A class act, thoughtful, charming, brilliant, candid, and full of knowledge which he generously shares. Also he is rigorous. He assigns a lot and expects a lot so the quality of the class is very high and motivating.” —Writers’ Program student

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