Writing the Television Drama

Webinars ~ Craft Series
Hosted By:
Emily Thomas - Creative Producer, Formerly with LONGMIRE (Warner Horizon for Netflix)

To say that the television landscape has changed in recent years with the rise of riveting prestige TV dramas is an understatement. TV dramas have been around for as long as TV has, of course, but they’ve taken on a new and exciting role in the culture and industry over the past 20 or so years. From THE SOPRANOS to BREAKING BAD, TV dramas have captured our imagination in ways they haven’t before, and deciding to roll up your sleeves and write your own is a great decision in this current marketplace.

Before you get typing, though, you should make sure you understand the various possible plot formats, conventions, and structures you want to write your pilot in. That’s why Roadmap invited Emily Thomas to give us all a crash course of pilot writing from A to Z!

This 75-Minute Webinar Covers:

  • Breaking story
  • Character development
  • Structure
  • Scene justification
  • Dialogue and voicing
  • World-building, tone, and pace
  • Audience Q&A! 

More about
Emily Thomas
Creative Producer
Formerly with LONGMIRE (Warner Horizon for Netflix)

A Summa Cum Laude graduate from Columbia College Chicago, Emily Thomas earned a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Television Writing and Producing and is currently a writer and producer of dramatic content, most notably for the acclaimed Netflix Original Series LONGMIRE. She served first as the show's Writer Assistant and Script Coordinator, and later as the designated on-set Creative Producer. Prior to her time on LONGMIRE, Emily worked for the William Morris Endeavor agency, Jerry Bruckheimer Productions, New Regency Productions, and Kartemquin Documentary Films. Emily is currently the Media Programming Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Center for Arts + Media, where she teaches courses in television writing. A Pittsburgh native, Emily's personal work explores the intricacies of Appalachian culture, giving voice to an often-ignored and underserved region of the country. She is particularly passionate about stories that speak to the complexities of loss and survival, in all their many forms.

How it Works


If you have any questions or any trouble accessing the recording, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at alex@roadmapwriters.com!

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