Chapter 30 of 30 from Shonda Rhimes



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

Topics include: Shonda's Parting Advice.

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

Topics include: Shonda's Parting Advice.

Shonda Rhimes

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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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.


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

Amazing, Shonda shares all aspects of the process of writing a show.

I have learned so much throughout this Master Class. To learn from one of the best in this field of writing for tv is so exciting. I have learned a lot about character development and dialogue. I cannot wait to get started. She has given me all of the tools I need to write successfully. I will be referring back to these lesson as I begin my writing. Thank you Shonda. -Saajida Richard

I learned the format for writing for television. I also learned to think about the emotional payoff for audiences, as well as focusing on character-driven stories and why that's important.

just the fresh take and informative classes I was looking for. great aid for my toolbox of tricks.


Liesl S.

I enjoyed the class and a lot of the information and knowledge that Shonda shared, is relevant to me. It left me inspired and energized.

David R.

Brilliant, inspiring and informative. Lots of questions answered, but the on my mind right now is what music does she listen to when she writes!

Gilda B.

I am so appreciative of all of the advice that you have given your students (especially me). I have watched "Grey's Anatomy" since the pilot episode and I watched "Scandal" until the final episode. Shonda, you are the best writer! Maybe you'll write films before you retire from writing. I wish you the best in your career. Thank you for helping me to be a better, more attentive writer.

Michael O.

I restate: I am in awe of the openness with which Shonda shared everything. It has been kind. It has been generous. An openness that has opened doors of perception for me. Thank you.

Jacob G.

Thank you so much Shonda! You're not just a great writer; you're also a great teacher. Greetings from Brazil!

Hubert G.

Thank you very much! The adaptation of my two books, Mystical Speed and the Revenge of the Yellow Yams, will now begin.

A fellow student

I really appreciate Rhonda’s authenticity! This was a great class! Thanks Rhonda :)

Brooklynn F.

I actually used my whole day to watch start to finish. I can't wait to go back and use these tips and tricks in screen writing. Has any one else written a book and want to use their novels for scripts? The whole peer networking is what resonated most with me, and I've realized the team of writing and feedback is what I am missing.

Dara J.

One of the best classes on this platform. She was interested in teaching, organized in her thought process, well-spoken, and enthusiastic to be doing the class. Very useful and inspiring.

Nuvanta F.

Than you so much. Here’s a musical and creative gift:


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.