SOLD OUT – Writing the Half-Hour Television Pilot Treatment – March 2019

Writing the Half-Hour Television Pilot Treatment

Whether you are writing a half-hour drama, comedy or a dramedy, a good treatment helps you identify and prevent important structural and character mistakes. The treatment helps as a diagnostic tool once you’ve completed your draft to foolproof your story. It is also a useful selling tool in a marketplace where, in a practical sense, no one reads it until you have an insider’s attention.

Attendees will learn:

– A foolproof method for the half-hour structure.
– An easy way to create compelling character arcs within an episode.
– How to organize your act breaks and your A & B stories with ease.
– Participants will create an outline for a script that can then be turned into a treatment.

Attendees will receive a free copy of Horowitz’s NYU and SVA 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). She is also the author of a political thriller, The Book of Zev and a contributor to the Amazon bestseller, The Voyage to Your Vision.

March 12 @ 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.