Everything I Needed to Know About Learning to Write I (Re)learned Through Piano Lessons

After more than 35 years as a professional writer, it's hard to remember what it was like to be learning the craft. But thanks to an electronic keyboard, a brilliant app called Playground Sessions, and a lifelong desire to be able to pound out the opening to “Backstreets,” I have recently found myself in the beginning stages of learning how to create art -- and it's brought back all the lessons I had long since internalized about how to become a writer. In this decidedly non-musical class, I will lay out the essentials of learning a craft that I've rediscovered.


William Rabkin is a veteran showrunner whose executive producing credits include Monk, Psych, The Glades, the long-running Diagnosis Murder, and the action hit Martial Law. In 2021 he wrote and EP's The Darkest Timeline, has written a dozen pilots for broadcast and cable networks, and has written and/or produced more than 300 hours of dramatic television.


He currently teaches screenwriting in the University of California, Riverside-Palm Desert's MFA program.

Other classes at Story Expo by Bill:

Forging The Path From Inspiration to Story

Writing The TV Pilot for the New International Market