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Additional Programs

Check out opportunities at NHSI to hone your craft all year long!

TV Pilot Boot Camp

Online January 20 – March 9, 2024

Dates TBA soon, applications are still being accepted in the meantime.

Saturdays from 12pm CST – 1:30pm CST

Tuition: $450

This winter Playwriting Faculty Member John Corwin will offer a unique online experience for students interested in television and writing! Ever had have an idea for a TV series? That’s great! Here’s where you can learn how to turn that idea into a script and long-running series. Email correspondence with your instructor will begin two weeks before programming starts with guided brainstorming assignments, shows to watch and materials to read in order to learn the industry standards of genre, format and structure. Over the eight session intensive, students watch and discuss pilots from popular, acclaimed shows, analyze the scripts, and discover what makes the show work, how they succeed and how they fail. Students will then take what they’ve learned and apply that to their own ideas, assembling an outline for the pilot and even writing the teaser and first act.

This program is open to all high school students, freshmen through seniors

I will never watch TV in the same way again. I gained further understanding in structure of TV storylines, how to pitch an idea concisely and effectively, and tried my hand at screenwriting for the first time.”

– 2022 Student

Playwriting Boot Camp

Winter Session: December 18-22, 2023

Spring Session: March 25-29, 2024

6:00pm-8:00pm CST (live, synchronous)

Tuition: $250

NHSI Playwriting Faculty Ian Merrigan will guide students through a fast paced, online playwriting process.  Email correspondence will begin two weeks before Spring Break with guided brainstorming assignments and material to read.  We will then hit the ground writing and finish our 5-day intensive with a first draft of a 10-minute play.  Schedule will include one 90-minute group Zoom session per day, optional office hours with the instructor for additional feedback and notes, and committed, personal writing time.

This program is open to all high school students, freshmen through seniors. At the end of the boot camp, eligible students will be able to use their 10-minute play draft to apply to the Summer Playwriting Intensive.