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Shonda Rhimes

Lesson time 01:27 min

Shonda wraps up her MasterClass with a few departing thoughts and suggestions for next steps.

Shonda Rhimes
Teaches Writing for Television
In 6+ hours of video lessons, Shonda teaches you her playbook for writing and creating hit television.
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So now it's over. You've taken the whole class. You're done. You've gone through the whole thing. I'm hopeful that maybe you have a script out of it, or you're going to have a script out of it. What should you do now? Well, keep watching the class. Refer back to it every once in a while. Come back every time you have a new idea, a new script, a new question. Come back when you need to be inspired. Make sure that you keep writing. Remember what we've said-- a writer writes every day. Remember what we talked about with dialogue. Whenever you're feeling stuck, come back and check out a class every once in a while. It helps. So I'm really glad you were here. I'm really glad you came. I'm really glad you spent time with us. I sort of can't believe that I got to have this opportunity, to sit and talk to you and tell you about story, and dialogue, and character. It was really fun for me, much more fun than I even thought it would be, and I was excited to do it in the first place. Now, if you're feeling really good about everything, what you should be doing right now is turning me off, going to your computer, and sitting down to start writing immediately. I hope it works for you. I think you're going to find the stuff that you learned so useful. And frankly, I can't wait to see the television you produce, because I look forward to watching it. Have fun.

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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 screenwriting 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.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I got it as a gift and It was awesome! really loved it!

I took the class in hopes of gaining excitement for writing for tv or movies, and this class has accomplished that. My next step is to start over, this time with a purpose.

Thank you Shonda and Masterclass! I learned an incredible amount about writing for TV and so much about what happens on set. I'm inspired. Wow!

The most helpful parts were the case studies where we were able to read the script and see the scenes and hear shonda's explanations for them. I also really enjoyed having the students in the videos ask her questions and hear her answers. It's helpful to learn by engaging with the material directly instead of just listening to her speak.


Isabel C.

Thank you so much for opening yourself to others. You are so witty, determined and an inspiration to a lot of people. Keep on 🌟

Starla B.

This class was great! Loved it so much. I'll be referencing it as I go about writing.


Thank you so much for this amazing class! I learned so much about writing scripts, and now I'm much more confident about it. I just wish this course would have included the script's structure, like INT, and EXT, and more...

Meron H.

You have such an inspirational soul. Taking your class is like listening a music, every time I see the videos, ideas will sparks in my mind and will share your positive energy. Know what I have to do is like you said "action/write" hopefully this energy will push me to deliver something better. Thank you very much for your effort and showing me what I am capable of. And most of all for being an inspiration for all women who want to be succeesful. May God bless your talent and hard work.


I really loved Shonda's masterclass. She's so generous in sharing her wisdom and talking frankly about her learning path and impressive achievements. I found particularly interesting the earlier and alternative versions of scenes and scripts she made available. Thanks a lot.

James R.

This whole class was fantastic. Extrememly informative in all aspects of a writer. I would recommend this to anyone interested in writing, whether it's for TV or not. Will revisit this in the future.

Brandice C.

This Masterclass was exactly what I needed! So excited! Thank you, Shonda!

Sam G.

This is singularly the most effective writer's workshop I've done. I've worked in TV and Film both in front and behind the camera and been to professional writer's workshops, but Shonda has given me fresh insights into the world and disciplines of a writer and show runner. It's given a new lease of life into an idea that's been dormant in my head for a few years. Thank you Shonda and thank you Masterclass for building a platform of such rich content.

Wendy J.

I learned a lot from Shonda in this MasterClass and appreciated her sincerity and her generosity. Wow! She must be awesome to work with. I love the respect she shows everyone who contributes to the production of her shows and the audiences. I think it's primarily her dedication and honesty that made her the success she is. I'm a writer and Shonda's lessons have inspired me to work more efficiently. Thank you!

Kim F.

Shonda Rhimes is a very thorough teacher and she made this Master Class very interesting. I would recommend this class to everyone who ever dreamt or had an idea of being a Writer. She is encouraging and I will forever cherish the valuable information that I learned.