MDST 560

Writing for Television Comedy

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective May 8, 2019 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

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.

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 2021

Section Title Instructor
50 Writing for Television Comedy Abbott, Lu Books Course details