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Online Writing Boot Camps

The NHSI is bringing back its two most popular online programs this school year, and applications are now open! Students in high school, freshmen through seniors, are eligible to apply for one or both of our writing programs below.

TV Pilot Boot Camp

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.

DATES: January 20-March 9, 2024

MEETING TIMES: Saturdays, 12:00pm – 1:30pm CST

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Playwriting Boot Camp

NHSI playwriting staff will guide students through a fast paced, distance-based playwriting process.  Email correspondence will begin 1-2 weeks before the session 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 60-90-minute group Zoom session per day, optional office hours with instructors for additional feedback and notes and many hours of personal writing time. At the end of the boot camp, students will be able to use their 10-minute play draft to apply to the Summer Playwriting Intensive.

This year, we are offering two sessions! We recommend applying to the session that you have the most availability for.

WINTER SESSION: December 18-22, 2023

SPRING SESSION: March 25-29, 2024

MEETING TIMES: TBD based on applicant availability

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