Film & TV


Shonda Rhimes

Lesson time 1:32 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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