How To Write the Perfect Sitcom Pilot in 30 Days


In this practical workshop, Horowitz will discuss the elements that make up a perfect half-hour pilot. A perfect pilot is onethat sells, and to do so, must contain certain elements that will ensure the proper industry reception. The class will focus on the half-hour pilot, the most commercially viable format for the first time TV Writer/Creator.

You’ll learn how to:

1. Create a commercially viable concept
2. Build “lovable” characters
3. Determine your genre: Comedy, Drama or Dramedy
4. Structure a half-hour pilot
5. Construct a “season arc” for your story
6. Organize a “bible” for your show

This workshop will be helpful whether you’re a beginning writer, producer, or director, or a seasoned veteran looking for some new tips. Attendees will receive a free copy of Marilyn’s New York University textbook, The Four Magic Questions of Screenwriting.


Marilyn Ida Horowitz is an award-winning New York University writing professor and consultant, who has taught thousands of aspiring screenwriters to complete their works using The Horowitz System®, a trademarked writing system used in book editions for college, high school and middle school. Horowitz served a full tenure as judge for the Fulbright Scholarship Program for film and media students, and received the New York University Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004. She has produced and consulted on several films, including the Warner Brothers feature, And Then Came Love (2007). Her political thriller, The Book of Zevwas released on December 1, 2014. She is also a contributor to the Amazon bestseller, The Voyage to Your Vision.

September 13 @ 6:30pm
6:30 pm — 8:30 pm (2h)

NYWIFT Conference Room
6 East 39th Street, Suite 1200
(Between Fifth and Madison Avenue)

$15 for Members
$25 for Nonmembers


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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.