Television Writing Summer Institute
TELEVISION WRITING SUMMER INSTITUTE
The UCLA Film and Television TV Writing Summer Institute introduces students to writing for television in Hollywood. This track mirrors the practice of professional writers in the world of episodic television and digital media by teaching students how to develop original series concepts and how to navigate the contemporary marketplace. In the process, students learn how to identify and capture the tone, characters, dialogue, and themes that make their story unique.
Participants will select one of three specializations:
- Introduction to TV Writing;
- Intermediate TV Writing for Variety/Sketch Comedy; OR
- Intermediate TV Writing for One-Hour Drama/Dramedy
Students at the introductory level write a series outline and the first act of the pilot script. Intermediate variety/sketch comedy students write at least one comedy sketch as well as a portfolio of monologue jokes. Intermediate drama/dramedy level students write a series outline and the first draft of an original pilot series. Please note that drama/dramedy students should not expect to complete a polished draft in six-weeks, as that is beyond the scope of this course.
Students at all levels meet twice a week to workshop ideas, break stories, and give feedback and notes on each other’s work. All tracks offer nine units of UCLA credit. Please note that students of all specializations are expected to spend a minimum of 30 hours-per-week writing outside of class meetings.
To participate in any of the Film and Television Summer Institute - TV Writing specializations, you must meet the following requirement.
- Student and/or aspiring filmmaker 18 years of age or older as of the first day of the program
- Short personal statement
- Three log lines for three original story ideas.
Requirements for Introductory Track
The Introductory track is designed for students with little to no previous experience in writing for television. As part of their application, students must submit a short personal statement and three log lines (1-2 sentences each) for three original story ideas.
Requirements for Intermediate Specializations
The intermediate tracks are open to aspiring writers (18+) that have already completed a college level introductory screenwriting course. In addition to the short personal statement and log lines, intermediate applicants are also required to submit a 2-3 page original scene, as well as draft a 2-5 page scene based on a writing prompt that demonstrate creativity and a strong original voice. Both intermediate level writing samples must be submitted in screenplay format.
How to Apply
Registration can be done conveniently online using the steps below.
- Access the Summer Institute Online Registration Form. Read all terms and conditions, then scroll to the bottom and “Continue to Registration”.
- Complete the online registration form by answering all mandatory questions, including the essay questions.
- Submit your registration form.
- Once your form is submitted, you will be directed to the Retrieve Registration page.
Allow up to two weeks for the program instructor(s) to review your application. An email will be sent to you with the official decision. If accepted to the program, follow the steps in your acceptance email to make payment of the non-refundable deposit ($150 for domestic students, $400 for international students) and reserve your space in the program.
A space in the program is not reserved for you until valid payment of the non-refundable deposit* is completed. Those who are not prepared to pay after program acceptance can submit their registration form and retrieve registration at another time to make payment, however you risk losing a space in the program if the program reaches capacity prior to the ability to pay.
This deposit is not refundable under any circumstances including, but not limited to, drop for non-payment and withdrawal, even if you withdraw from the program before it begins. If you withdraw, this deposit will appear as processing fee charge on your BruinBill account.
If the program is full, you will not be prompted to make payment. When your application is accepted from the wait list, you will be notified by email with instructions for methods of payment.
If registering after May 1, full payment of all fees including the non-refundable deposit but excluding any applicable document and IEI fees is required to reserve your space in the program.
How to Make Registration Changes
Already submitted the online registration form but need to make a change or finish your registration? You can easily do so by retrieving your registration. To retrieve registration, please complete the steps below:
- Access the Summer Institute Retrieve Registration Form here.
- You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address. Fill out the form, then “Submit”.
Many changes and additions can be made using retrieve registration including: Payment submission of the non-refundable deposit
- Uploading required documents
- Dropping a current program
- Adding a second program
- Switching to a new program
TELEVISION WRITING SUMMER INSTITUTE (SESSION A):
JUNE 24 - AUGUST 2, 2019
TELEVISION WRITING SUMMER INSTITUTE (SESSION C):
AUGUST 5 - SEPTEMBER 13, 2019