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MDST 560 Writing for Television Comedy

This course focuses on the techniques of writing for television comedy with an emphasis on examining the professional writing environment on a television program, the history and trends involved in television writing and creating professional quality scripts. Familiarity with script software and full attendance in an intensive workshop setting are required.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective May 8, 2019 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Students learn about pitching story ideas, breaking the story outline, writing scripts, working with actors in readings and rewrites.
  • Students learn about the history of television writing.
  • Students create professional level final scripts.
  • Students learn professional television writing skills and can apply them to the specific genre of television situation comedy writing.
  • Students learn about the current state of the industry.

Spring 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Writing for Television Comedy Abbott, Lu Books for MDST-560-50 Spring 2024 Course details for MDST-560-50 Spring 2024