top of page
with Alana Sanko



Do you have a big idea for the small screen? Do you have a few great scenes, but keep getting stuck at the starting gate when developing your pilot episode? Perhaps you have a draft, and need support revising. In this writing workshop for television, you will set goals and surpass them as we work through your new or ongoing projects. Together we will hone in on brainstorming, story outlining, scene crafting, page formatting, dialogue writing and more, working specifically to serve your current project needs and get you on a productive track. We will also utilize our simulated writers’ room to experience the process and value of a “table read” as well as to solve your story issues. This workshop is ideal for anyone starting a new pilot, focused on a work in progress or ready for revision.


Optional: Want an extra hour of one-on-one feedback?
Alana will meet with you one-on-one for an extra hour of consultation time to discuss your project. She will read approx 30 pages of scripted material OR an outline/pitch document provided in advance of the meeting. Please choose this option in the drop-down menu when purchasing this workshop. This extra time will be scheduled directly with the instructor.


Add-on Alana's lecture Before Fade In - What to Write Before You Write Your Feature or Pilot Video On Demand where she covers the essentials in dramatic structure, screenplay format, necessary research and how to organize your project.


Online via Zoom 

(link will be sent 48 hours before class)

6 Mondays
April 1, 8, off, 22, 29, May 6, 13


11am-1pm  EST



For more info, please call 203.227.3250 or email



About the instructor...

Alana Sanko is an award-winning creator, writer and producer. For over two decades she has written and developed for comedy, drama and animated series, as well as TV movie and network and cable pilots across multiple platforms. Her Nickelodeon series, Just for Kicks, which she created and developed with Executive Producer Whoopi Goldberg, won her a WGA Award, and the animated MTV series Spy Groove, that she was Head Writer on, received an Annie Nomination. Additional writing credits include the ABC comedy pilot, See Jayne Run, the Disney Channel Original Movie Get a Clue, and the acclaimed CBS television series Murphy Brown, which was named on the WGA’s list of 101 Best TV Series. Alana has also written for numerous children’s series and was a Consulting Producer for Half Life, the limited series winner of the NYC women’s initiative screenwriting competition #GreenlightHer. She is currently a producer on an independent feature and has taught at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Long Island University’s TV Writers Studio, Purchase College’s School of Film and Media Studies and the Sundance Institute’s online platform, Sundance Co//ab. 







Writing (and Revising) Your TV Pilot with Alana Sanko – ONLINE

SKU: DL302s24-mon
    bottom of page