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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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.


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There is so much information here that I found priceless, and it is information that I will take with me throughout my entire career. Thank You!

Shonda's lessons have taken my writing up many, many levels. I am confident about my ideas and am excited to understand television structure. Incredible class - thank you!

I got to the Act Four "all is lost" lesson right as I was hitting Act Four in my script. It pushed me to derail the entire show, to make it seem like nothing would work out... until it did. It worked!

Pure energy. Shonda Rhimes has inspiring purpose. Basically, she broke it down. Easy to listen to and communicates with words that get to the point. Shine.


Mallika R.

Thank you Shonda! This class has been great! I am a writer - but have never written for screen - and thought I never could. But after doing this class, I am greatly inspired. I am reasonably confident I the necessary tools and I certainly want to try. Thank you!

A fellow student

This class was awesome! I really enjoyed getting to hear Shonda's wisdom and insight on television writing and production. I would highly recommend this class to anyone considering breaking into the biz.

Marcus M.

This has been a great MasterClass. For someone who is not a writer or scriptwriter, but as a musician, composer, and audio engineer, this has been great insight! Shonda is great!

Master B.

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Claire S.

Thank you Shonda for this wonderful MasterClass! You are such an inspiring writer and storyteller. I will be watching this class again and again. I even started watching Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal over again. I look forward to following your shows on television for a long time. Keep in writing! 🤩😍

Evelyn H.

Thank you so much, Shonda for teaching everything. It was inspiring, motivating, and amazing! I am hoping to make friends and get rid of my fears.

Liz S.

This class was truly eye opening. There were moments where I felt on track and others that exposed the areas I need to work on and more importantly, how to get better. Thank you Shonda and the Master Class community!

Kate C.

Thank you so much! This was a wonderful class--so inspiring. I write novels rather than scripts, but your information applies equally to what I'm doing. I appreciate your generosity in providing scripts for your opening episodes, and the story bible for Grey's was extremely helpful.

david M.

I have only shot one movie with Netflix and producing couple of shows back in Europe. Highly recommend this class to anyone who aspires to be a show runner, needs an improvement and refresh of fundamentals. And even though I know some parts, I still picked up lots of useful information. She is a wonderful inspiration and has natural talent for teaching. Thank you Shonda!

Janina W.

I liked your class a lot. The dissection of Grey's and Scandal were brilliant and eye-opening. I found the last five chapters and the ones about dialogue most helpful. Throughout the class, I felt like you were speaking directly to me and giving me the inside scoop. I am going to try to take as much of your advice and apply it to my writing life. You're spot on with the whole work/life balance thing. Thank you.