From Shonda Rhimes's MasterClass

Introduction

Welcome to Shondaland. Meet Shonda, the woman behind some of television's biggest and most talked about hits, and learn what she'll teach you about the craft of writing for television.

Topics include: Introduction to the class

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Welcome to Shondaland. Meet Shonda, the woman behind some of television's biggest and most talked about hits, and learn what she'll teach you about the craft of writing for television.

Topics include: Introduction to the class

Shonda Rhimes

Teaches Writing for Television

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I think the moment that I first really knew I wanted to be a writer was probably almost before I can even remember. I've always been a person who was a storyteller. I don't think I knew I wanted to be a television writer or a screenwriter, but I've always been a storyteller. It's how I was made. I feel like I was born a writer. Me, on the other hand, I'm kinda screwed. We're going to get killed. Did you propose? Weren't you going to ask her tonight? I was doing this tonight-- Liv, we're going to get killed, we're short $3 million. Dr. Grey? Are you listening to me? --blowback you'll get for rushing to judgment on a patriot? The blowback you'll create? Well, yeah. That's my job. [CHATTER] I want to be a gladiator in a suit. The discovery that you can make a living writing is like--I don't know it's like your birthday every day or something for me. Because I was a person who, I was writing endlessly in my journal every day. I was also writing stories every day. I was writing every day, no matter what. It was what sustained me. It's my air, it's my food. So then to discover that I could make a living at it felt fantastic, and that I can make a living at it in a way that I enjoyed felt fantastic. I wasn't writing stuff that I hated, I was telling my own stories. And how lucky am I to get to do that? And even when I was writing movies and not necessarily a movie that I was thinking to myself, this is my life's work, I still was telling stories that I felt strongly about. There's a heart in the center of every story you're telling that has to be true, or else I don't know why you're writing. So for me, every story was a story I felt really good about telling. I feel like I'm at a stage in my career where honestly, I'm interested in building the next group of showrunners and the next group of writers and really making it possible for people to have better careers and know more and learn from any mistakes that I have already made, because A, I'm not going to do this forever, but B, what's the point if you're not passing it on to somebody else, frankly? And it's exciting to get to do that. It's also about the fact that at a certain point you start to have perspective and can really look back and see everything from a different angle and sort of start to understand what works and what doesn't. And the minute that starts to happen and it stops being about you, and it starts speaking about what you can give back, that's when you really want to do something like this. I'm fairly sure I have never gone into this much detail about my process. It's really interesting to get to tell all of this stuff. It's kind of the stuff I really wish that everyone knew, because I feel like it's so helpful. It's the stuff I wish someone had told me a long time ago. It probably would have made a bigger difference. I mean. It wou...

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 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.

Reviews

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

That was the best masterclass I have taken. The resources were a big part of this.

The idea of creating Master Classes was pure genius! Shonda Rhimes is great at communicating her knowledge and this has helped me tremendously!

Awesome and inspiring. Can’t wait to get deeper into this.

Shonda is brilliant. As an entertainment professional, this Masterclass has helped me to hone what I already know, and has given me the confidence to be fearless!

Comments

A fellow student

I'm so happy and grateful to have this opportunity. I've been a fan of Shonda and her work since season 1 of Grey's. I can wait to learn everything you have to offer. Thank you.

Carole S.

This lesson spoke to who I am. I completely identify with Shonda's statement, "I feel like I was born a writer."

Derricke C.

Great! I am excited about learning from Shonda at such a great price. If she were teaching this in an academic environment, it would probably cost several thousand dollars per class. We are really fortunate. I hope to gain the skills needed to participate in a TV writing Fellowship next year.

A fellow student

I'm super excited to be taking this class! Thank you for taking the time to teach all of us!

EK T.

I was a born storyteller too, but I lived in a household that was directed toward just getting an education that will get you the job you would be doing for the rest of your life. The thing is, you never really give up on your true passions. Young writers were born at a great time. Take advantage of all of it.

Desmond K.

This class is going to be epic. So excited to be learning from one of the most prolific showrunners in the game!

Matthew G.

Y'all...this is some exciting stuff! Can't wait to take on these creative challenges with you all!

Evelyn M.

I’m here.... even just for the love of writing.... when it feeds you after a long day of work and writing is the only tool you have to sustain ... to breathe ...

Nikkia B.

I am so excited!! This is the thing you dream you had access to. Here it is. Thank you Oprah and Shonda!

Nicole E.

I cannot believe I am watching Miss Shonda Rhimes explain to me her process. This is SHONDA RHIMES! I am shook.