Requesting new creative writing class for ACC
There are two calling cards aspiring writers require in their portfolio if they are to be successful in finding entry into the television industry: at least one spec episode and an original pilot. Without these samples, a writer can neither find representation or otherwise advance.
A strong original television pilot is of particular importance to a TV writer’s portfolio. Many producers now prefer this writing sample over the more traditional spec episodes. Even high-profile writing competitions that are open to teleplays, such as Trackingb.com, Scriptapalooza, and our very own Austin Film Festival, now give writers the opportunity to submit original pilots. Having a well-polished original pilot can showcase a writer's unique voice and thereby gain the attention of producers who can launch a career.
Austin Community College currently offers a course on how to write a TV spec script, but does not have a class to guide students through the steps of creating an original pilot. We, the undersigned, request that Roy Garza, with whom we previously have taken a screenwriting course, be chosen to instruct a course that focuses on the development and writing of original television pilots, thereby preparing ACC students to compete successfully within the television writing industry.