Writing for Television

Writing for television

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 Professional Program in Writing for Television, the only graduate-level non-degree writing for television program that has oversight by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Learn from renowned UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television MFA faculty and receive:

  • A world-class writing for television education in three quarters
  • An intimate classroom environment with a maximum of 10 students per workshop
  • Guidance from initial story concept through navigating the industry

Upon successfully finishing the program, students receive a certificate of completion from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

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Deadline Dates

U.S. Students:
Late applications are now being accepted.

International Students:
It is too late to apply for the 2018-2019 program.

Tuition: $5,500


The Professional Program in Writing for Television takes place over three academic quarters.

Students attend a lecture series and a writing for television workshop each week.

The Lecture Series

The lecture is taught by UCLA TFT MFA instructor Neil Landau, author of "The TV Showrunner's Roadmap” and covers every aspect of the process from initial concept though rewrite.

Guest speakers from the television industry, including current showrunners, producers and directors, as well as execs from ABC, CBS, NBC, A&E, FOX, Warner Bros TV, the CW, Netflix and Amazon, will visit to discuss the state of the business, how to approach it as a new writer, and where the TV industry is headed.

Recent guests have included: Beau Willimon (House of Cards), Damon Lindeloff (Lost, The Leftovers), Peter Gould, Genny Hutchison, Gordon Smith (Better Call Saul), Mark Wilding and Jenna Bans (Scandal), Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (UnReal), Chris Brancato (Hannibal, Narcos), Noga Landau (The Magicians), Julia Fontana (Lucifer), Evan Shapiro (Head of Programming at Seeso), Ellen Kreamer (Friends, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and I Hate My Teenage Daughter), Janet Tamaro (Rizzoli and Isles), Laura McCreary (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Gaye Hirsch, Pamela Soper, Azie Tesfai, Brett Dier, Gary Pearl (Jane the Virgin), Sara Hess (Orange is the New Black), Bridget Bedard and Ali Liebegott (Transparent), Matthew Carnahan (House of Lies), Cameron Porsandeh (Helix), Jane Anderson (Olive Kitteridge), Sarah Watson (Parenthood, About A Boy), David Anaxagoras (Gortimer Gibbons' Life On Normal Street), Ken Lipman (Amazon Studios), Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs (Broad City), Josh Bycel (Scrubs, Happy Endings, Telenova), and Emily Cutler (The Odd Couple, Suburgatory, Community, Entourage.)

Date & Time

Monday nights, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

The Workshop

The television writing workshop focuses on roundtable readings and analysis of each student's work.

Students have the option of choosing between the Drama Track (one-hour dramatic shows, including one-hour dramedies) and the Comedy Track (half-hour comedic shows, including half-hour dramedies) and are guided by an instructor with professional experience in that particular genre.

  • In Fall Quarter, students write a spec teleplay of an existing television show in their chosen track.
  • In Winter Quarter, students write their first original pilot.
  • In Spring Quarter, they write a second original pilot.

Students who successfully finish the program receive a certificate of completion from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Date & Time

The workshop takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night, depending on student schedules, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 Professional Program in Writing for Television.

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