Television Writing Intensive

S0431D (non-credit)
S3040D (credit) - Session 1: May 26–July 2

11:00am - 2:00pm
mon tue wed thu fri
Summer 2020
Joe Cacaci

Apply directly to the School of the Arts here. International Students and Domestic students seeking academic credit should register for FILM S3040. This is the same course, but does not provide academic credit. This course is only offered in the summer session. Tuition for Columbia Students or Visiting Students plus $200.​


The TV Writing Intensive is a six-week, concentrated and encompassing introduction into the field of television writing designed to prepare students to join the professional worlds of half-hour comedies and one-hour dramas across network, cable and digital platforms.


In an interconnected program consisting of two intensive writing workshops and a lecture series with guest writers and producers, students gain the knowledge and authority to explore, examine and create the kind of groundbreaking work that is taking over television here and around the world.


Participants in The Television Writing Intensive learn about half-hour comedy and one-hour drama by writing and developing spec scripts and original pilots. A spec script is a teleplay for an existing show where the writer brings original stories to existing characters. A pilot is a script written for an original series that the writer creates.


This intensive course meets 15 hours per week. Mondays through Thursdays, students will attend the writing courses outlined above. On Fridays, students will attend seminars with professors and other industry professionals. Since the course has been changed to an online format, classes will meet each day of the week for three hours per session, from 11:00 to 2:00 ET.


All courses subject to change


Current Columbia students can review tuition and fees here.
Visiting students can review tuition and fees here.




For questions about School of the Arts summer courses, including those concerning admissions, registration, and billing, please contact the School of Professional Studies summer team at or 212-854-9666. With questions about specific course content, please contact the Film Depart at



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