Ever wonder how the writers of your favorite TV shows landed their jobs — from the word wizards behind Game of Thrones and American Horror Story, to those cracking jokes backstage at SNL and The Simpsons?

Well, Alan Kingsberg, Head of TV Writing at the brand new Stony Brook Killer Films MFA, can teach you a think or two about landing a job in the biz. Formerly a longtime professor of TV Writing at Columbia University, Kingsberg’s students have landed gigs at the likes of 30 Rock, Weeds, Kimmy Schmidt, Stranger Things, Narcos, and New Girl.

Here, he breaks down everything you need to know to make it in TV land — from creating a portfolio with the right number of scripts, to getting yourself noticed and landing an agent, manager, and job.

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