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Shonda Rhimes

Teaches Writing for Television

Make Great Television

When Shonda Rhimes pitched Grey’s Anatomy she got so nervous she had to start over. Twice. Since then, she has created and produced TV’s biggest hits. In her class, Shonda teaches you how to create compelling characters, write a pilot, pitch your idea, and stand out in the writers’ room. You’ll also get original pilot scripts, pitch notes, and series bibles from her shows. Welcome to Shondaland.


Watch, listen, and learn as Shonda teaches you how to write, pitch, and create a hit TV show.


A downloadable workbook accompanies the class with lesson recaps and supplemental materials.


Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Shonda will also respond to select student questions.

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Shonda Rhimes is a Master teacher. She's informative, yet I could feel her vulnerability... My classmates are in for an exciting experience.

Vyann Scholfieldworks as a Health Insurance Agent from Pennsylvania who can't wait to learn more about her writing process.

Learning from Shonda directly makes the lessons in this course feel so much more applicable and implementable than those you can read in a book.

Mary Kate Hegartyis a writer for a law firm in Brooklyn who has written scripts for History Channel's Pawn Stars.

Shonda's class provides you with golden nuggets of information, do's and don'ts, that are useful in your approach to scripts and the business of writing.

Crystal Garrettis a professional writer from Atlanta who has optioned a one-hour drama to Warner Bros.

I found Ms. Rhimes's presentation natural and personable. Her conversational approach makes the experience and information she offers easy to comprehend.

Bradford Waltonis a seasoned director and screenwriter from Australia

As a beginning writer or seasoned writer, her class will provide you with vital information and encouragement to create written art.

Konahe Jerniganis an experienced writer based out of Atlanta who wants to learn about how Shonda develops characters.



We offer full refunds up to 30 days after purchase.

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Take the class at your own pace and in your own time.



When does the class start?

Shonda's class is live! Enroll today for instant access.

What does the enrollment fee include?

  • Access to every lesson in the class
  • A downloadable workbook with lesson recaps, takeaways, and assignments
  • Membership in an active community of engaged students (upload your own work, or provide feedback on a peer's!)
  • Access to instructor feedback and answers in Office Hours
  • Class-specific tools to help you practice your craft
  • You can see more information about what the class includes at

What format does the class take?

MasterClass is an immersive online experience. The curriculum for each MasterClass is designed by the instructor. Each class includes extensive pre-recorded video content, a class workbook, interactive assignments, and community activities. The videos are viewable at any time, and they can be paused, fast-forwarded, and re-watched as many times as you'd like. In addition, many students utilize the class discussions below each video to share their thoughts, upload their performances, and provide feedback on others' work.

How long is the class?

Shonda Rhimes Teaches Writing for Television has 6+ hours of exclusive video lessons.

Is the class live?

Shonda's MasterClass has pre-recorded video lessons, which can be watched at anytime. There are live opportunities to connect with your fellow classmates, which are announced as they come.

Can I download the videos?

No, the videos are not downloadable - but they are available in your account, ready for viewing (and re-watching) at any time.

Will Shonda see my work?

We do not guarantee critiques from Shonda. Periodically, we may have opportunities for students to submit work to Shonda. As those opportunities arise students will be notified and given directions on how to submit their work. MasterClass does not accept unsolicited work.

How do I contact MasterClass?

Send us an email at and we'll be happy to help.

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Shonda Rhimes

Teaches Writing for Television

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