The Mechanics of SciFi

Online Classes
Hosted By:
Jess Carson - Writer, Tiny Phoenix, Inc. / Formerly on THE FLASH

Robots? Space? Bending time and space? Sign us up! 

Roadmap Writers' favorite Jess Carson has a four week lecture series designed to teach you the ins and outs of the scifi genre: why it is the way it is, how it works, and how you can make your scripts stand out in a crowded market place. 

Join Jess for four sessions to get your scifi muscles in shape! 

This 4 Week Lecture Series Will Cover: 

  • The scifi subgenres and their expectations and tropes 
  • Character development 
  • Structure
  • Tension and atmosphere 
  • Theme 
  • Live Q&A 

Week One - What is SciFi

Date / Time

This week, your instructor will cover what the genre expectations and requirements are for scifi.  

Week Two - Character Development

Date / Time

This week, your instructor will cover character development in scifi. 

Week Three - Structure + Planting & Payoff

Date / Time

This week, your instructor will cover the structures of a scifi. 

Week Four - Tension, Fear and Theme

Date / Time

This week, your instructor will cover how to build tension, drama and creating a compelling theme. 

More about
Jess Carson
Tiny Phoenix, Inc. / Formerly on THE FLASH

Jess Carson is a Los Angeles-based Black writer/director who made her way into filmmaking in her hometown of Little Rock, AR by self-producing a number of short films within her local community through trial, error, and a sheer love of the craft.

In 2015, she decided to branch out to hone her skills in more saturated markets – first by way of Brooklyn, NY, where she was hired to write an Off-Broadway musical, ONLY HUMAN, and then settling in Los Angeles, CA in 2018.

Her work spans genres and her focus is on well-rounded, character-driven narratives that resonate with audiences of all demographics as well as those that put society under a lens via undertones of societal commentary.

Most recently, Jess was a writer on the CW's THE FLASH, from the end of season 6 until the end of the show's 9-season run. she is also polishing a wide range of projects and is actively developing a gritty, original TV show, DEAD RED. She is represented by managers Kegan Schell & Abigail Palmer at Navigation Media Group.

How it Works

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