Building and Maintaining Tension: TV Drama Edition

Online Classes
Hosted By:
Shannon O'Hara, Shondaland
Every other week, starting on Tuesday, 06/29 @ 5:00PM - 6:00PM PT
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We have a lot of ground to cover when we write our hour long pilot. We have to set up the world, establish the characters, get the plot going, and build in a story engine - all in 60 some-odd pages. But you know what you don't want to lose sight of while tackling all these elements of a good pilot? Tension. 

Building tension in your pilot is often the difference between a viewer needing to see the next episode and clicking over to something else. It's incredibly important, which is why Roadmap has asked Shannon O'Hara to teach this special two week clinic to help us keep the tension high! 

This Two Week Clinic Will Cover:

  • When to introduce tension in the pilot 
  • How to keep raising it without being too much
  • When to let the audience breathe
  • Feedback on your first 10 pages 

Week One - Establishing and Building Tension

Date / Time

This week, we will discuss how to introduce, build and maintain tension throughout your pilot script. 

Week Two - Feedback on Your Pages

Date / Time

Shannon will give each writer 10 minutes of feedback on your first 10 pages. 

More about
Shannon O'Hara

Shannon has worked at Shondaland on the Creative Content team for the past two and half years, helping on Bridgerton, among their other Netflix shows. Prior to that, she worked simultaneously at Lorne Michaels' production company, Broadway Video, and at Seth Meyers' POD, assisting two producers. She's an avid reader and one day hopes to own four shih-tzus.

How it Works

Cancellation Policy: You may cancel for a full refund up to 5 days prior to the start of the class. Cancellations requested after this period will be ineligible for refunds.

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The Roadmap Promise

Roadmap Writers prides itself on the quality of executives we bring to our programs and we work hard to get you the best feedback possible.

Our vetted executives are chosen by the legitimacy of the companies they work for and their ability to evaluate pitches and pages.

Only the executives you sign up for will be provided with your materials.