This session will focus on the way popular TV series hook viewers, construct scenes, build characters, and structure episodes, and how this can easily be adapted to add energy to short stories, memoirs, and novels.
We’ll likely use the pilot (first) episodes of Severance, Mad Men, Atlanta, Reservation Dogs, and Insecure as examples, so you may want to watch those in advance, but we will view a few clips in class as technology allows. Students who have a draft of a story or novel chapter they feel is “stuck,” should have a copy of that draft handy during the class.
About Dean Bakopoulos
Dean Bakopoulos is the author of the novels Please Don't Come Back from the Moon (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), My American Unhappiness (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and Summerlong (Ecco/HarperCollins). The winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA fellowships in both fiction and nonfiction, Bakopoulos is writer-in-residence at Grinnell College and on the faculty of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. A WGA screenwriter, he co-wrote the film adaptation of his first novel and is co-creator and executive producer of the HBO MAX series Made for Love. Bakopoulos is currently developing several new projects for film and television, including Goodwinter, which he co-created with his partner, writer Alissa Nutting, as well as bestselling author Michael Perry and Grammy-winning musician Justin Vernon.
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