The inaugural Carsey-Wolf Center summer institute will focus on writing for television. This six-week, eight-credit intensive capstone TV writing workshop will teach students (1) how to develop and write a television pitch bible for an original scripted show, and (2) how to plan and write a pilot script.

The program is divided into sequential two classes (FAMST 188SS and FAMST 188WS), each taught over three weeks. Classes will place a strong emphasis on story and will model the industry-standard TV development process, with pitches, simulated writers’ rooms, and weekly talks from distinguished industry guests. This program is generously supported by the Brad Silberling Storytelling for the Screen Fund.

Instructors: Wendy Jackson and James McNamara

Summer Session A: June 22 – July 30, 2020

Monday – Thursday 9:00 – 11:50 AM


For summer 2020, the program will be conducted remotely. This program is currently full, but we are accepting applications for our waitlist on a rolling basis.  

Admission process:

Students who have completed 188A Basic Screenwriting or an equivalent film or television writing course are eligible to apply. The program is open to graduates of UCSB as well as currently-enrolled students.

Admission is by permission of the instructors. All materials should be submitted as a single document via email to with a copy to by Wednesday, April 1, 2020 for primary consideration.  Students will be notified of their admission status by Wednesday, April 15.  After that date, any remaining spots in the program will be filled on a rolling basis.

Application materials should include:

  • your name, graduation year and major
  • a list of screenwriting or television writing courses that you have previously taken
  • a 3-4 sentence summary of the TV series idea that you plan to work on
  • a 5-page sample of an original screenplay or television script


Financial aid:

Admitted students with unmet financial need as determined by the Financial Aid office will be eligible to apply for scholarships for their participation in the program. For information about Summer Sessions fees, please visit this page

If you have questions about this program, please contact Carsey-Wolf Center associate director Emily Zinn at

Sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center and the Brad Silberling Storytelling for the Screen Fund.