Writing for Television

Writing for television

The Professional Program in Writing for Television is UCLA's 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 successful completion of the program, students receive a certificate from the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television.

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Deadline Dates

International student deadline: June 17, 2024

US student deadline: August 19, 2024

Tuition: $6,750


The Professional Program in Writing for Television takes place over three academic quarters. Students view a weekly lecture series, attend a weekly live zoom Q&A series, and attend an in-person on campus writing workshop each week.

The Lecture Series

The Recorded Lecture Series - is taught by UCLA instructors and covers every aspect of the process from initial concept though rewrite.

The Live Q&A -  Students will attend a live Q&A session on Zoom  with one of our lecture series instructors on Monday nights at 7pm Pacific Time to ask any questions they may have after viewing the recorded lecture. Guest speakers from the film industry will visit the Live Q&A to discuss the state of the business and how to approach it as a new writer.

Class and lecture guests have included: Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Sam Svibleman (Pen15), Steven Canals (Creator/Writer/Director/Producer Pose), Amy Aniobi (Writer/EP Insecure, Silicon Valley), Ashton Kutcher (Actor/Producer That 70’s Show, Two and a Half Men, The Ranch, No Strings Attached), Mila Kunis (Actor/Producer That 70’s Show, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Black Swan), Keenen Ivory Wayans (Actor/Writer The Last O.G., In Living Color, White Chicks, Scary Movie), Chris Mundy (Ozark), Raphael Bob Waksberg (Bojack Horseman), Francesca Sloane (Atlanta, Fargo), Meredith Stiehm (The Bridge, Homeland), Bridget Bredard (Transparent), Beau Willimon (House of Cards), Damon Lindeloff (Lost, The Leftovers), Steven Conrad (Patriot), Alon Aranya (Your Honor, Tehran), Amanda Green (Manifest), Justin Hillian (The Chi), Kiley Donovan (Station 19), David Semel (The Man in the High Castle),  Bo Yeon Kim (Star Trek Discovery), Davita Scarlett (The Good Fight, Evil), David Zuckerman (Family Guy, Wilfred), Jas Water (This is Us), Taofik Kolade (Atlanta, Barry), John Strauss (Mozart in the Jungle, There’s Something About Mary), Sue Chung (Gotham, Agent Carter), Howard Gordon (Showrunner 24, Homeland, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, X-Files), 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), 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), Emily Cutler (The Odd Couple, Suburgatory, Community, Entourage), Debbie Berman (Editor Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man: Homecoming), Drew Greenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Agents of SHIELD, Warehouse 13, Dexter, The O.C.), Barry Fanaro (Writer/Producer Golden Girls, Kingpin, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry), Greg Garcia (Writer/Producer/Creator Yes, Dear, My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope, The Guest Book, Sprung), Marissa Berlin (Writer/Producer Baby Daddy, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, Mighty Ducks - Game Changer), Gina Reyes (TV literary agent at Verve), David Jimenez-Katsman (Literary manager/producer at Sugar23), Samantha Corbin-Miller (Showrunner/EP ER, The Practice, Law & Order: SVU, Absentia, Swagger), Joe Henderson (Showrunner Lucifer), Seth Green (Actor/Producer/Writer/Director Austin Powers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Robot Chicken, Changeland), Joey Slamon (Writer/EP/Showrunner Arrested Development), Brian Turner (Writer/Producer/Showrunner Snow Globe, Gortimer Gibbons - Humanitas Prize Winner), Richard Hatem (Writer/ Producer/Showrunner Titans, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, The Mothman Prophecies), and more.


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 Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night, depending on student schedules, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Pacific Time.

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Applications are now available for the 2024-2025 program.

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