Screenwriting for Actors - ONLINE CLASS

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Taught by Timothy Cooper

Timothy Michael Cooper is an award-winning writer, director, and improvisor based in Brooklyn. 

He wrote and directed the Writers Guild Award-nominated CONCIERGE: THE SERIES, starring Kate McKinnon. His short comedy LEMON, starring Jennifer Westfeldt, Noah Bean, and Jenn Lyon, premiered at Tribeca, played at dozens of festivals throughout the world as well as on United Airlines and Amazon Prime, and is currently being developed as a sitcom.

At Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC, he created and directed the improvised shows SUNNY-SIDE UP and FAREBEATER: IMPROV IN A CAB, starring cast members like Pete Holmes and Thomas Middleditch. 

Timothy also wrote the feature AWAY FROM HERE, starring Nick Stahl, Alicia Witt, and Ray Wise, now available on Amazon Prime. 

He’s been part of the writers’ room for the Writers Guild Awards for the past six years, writing monologue jokes and sketches for comedians like Lewis Black, Colin Quinn, Larry Wilmore, Amber Ruffin, Michael Ian Black, Roy Wood Jr., and many more.

Through his company, Blueprint Screenwriting Group (, he’s taught hundreds of writers, helping them sell their scripts to major studios; staff on multiple network and cable TV shows; find representation; screen and win at SXSW, Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes, and many more; and get their movies and shows made across the globe.

Timothy is a proud member of the WGAE, the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, and the Hollywood Radio & Television Society.


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Do you want to empower yourself as an actor? Are you tired of waiting for other people to say “yes” to you? Do you always think of original stories, but aren’t sure how to get them on the page? Are you eager to make a project that truly highlights your skills? 

In this fast-paced, honest, and information-packed class, I’ll give you a clear overview of the tools you need to write and even produce your own web series, short film, TV pilot, or feature. And I'll discuss the pro tips that have helped me and my students get staffed on major TV shows, sell their scripts, win festivals and fellowships, find representation, and launch their careers.

We'll address concrete steps you can take toward developing your project for film or television, including:

  • Why you as an actor already have the ideal foundation to begin writing
  • How to write a project that plays to all your strengths
  • Basics of screenplay formatting—and where most novices fall short
  • Why a creator’s original voice is THE most important factor in getting noticed
  • Actor-writer success stories we can all learn from
  • Top techniques to generate indelible characters and original arcs
  • The benefits and downfalls of of film festivals, screenplay contests, and fellowships
  • Why a series bible is vital to help pitch your pilot
  • Pros and cons of short films, sizzle reels, mock trailers, and web series
  • Fun creative games and improv exercises to flesh out your story
  • ...and much more.

Arm yourself with insider information about the realities of this business. Learn what it really takes to get your TV shows/movies/original projects made—and leave inspired!

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