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Film and Television Summer Institute – Writing for TV: Big Ideas for the Small Screen

Develop an original TV series concept that showcases your unique voice

Navigate the contemporary entertainment marketplace under the guidance of a TV industry professional

The Film and Television Summer Institute – Writing for TV: Big Ideas for the Small Screen introduces motivated high school students enrolled in 9th – 12th grade in Spring 2022 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 while collaborating in a workshop environment with their peers.

Students will write a beat sheet and outline for the first act of their original pilot episode, a series treatment, and the teaser of the pilot script over the course of the class, while getting the feedback and tools they will need to further write their pilot episodes and develop future TV show ideas after the program. The program culminates in a table reading of a section of their script by professional actors. Previous experience in screenwriting is not required, just a passion for storytelling!

Students meet three times a week in a small workshop environment to discuss ideas, break stories, and give feedback and notes on each other’s work. This program carries four units of UCLA credit. Please note that this is an intensive course and students are expected to spend a minimum of 25 hours-per-week writing outside of class meetings.

Fees and Payment Info

The program fee includes the unit fees for the UCLA coursework offered as part of the program and thus varies by UC student status. In addition to the program fee, students are assessed other campus and administrative fees during the summer. This is a summary of fees that commonly apply to the selected student type.

Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California. Visit the fees, payment, and financial aid section for important disclaimer, as well as more details on fees, payment instructions, and information on delinquency, refunds, and financial aid.



Session A = $2,223
Session B = $2,340

Students living in on-campus housing will be charged an additional housing fee.


The program fee listed in the selection are for the In-Person version only. The following are the program fees for the Virtual version.

  • High School Student = $2,590
  • Incoming UCLA Student = $2,266
  • Incoming UC Student = $2,266

All other fees listed will remain the same for the Virtual version.


Program Fee $2,975
Registration Fee $350
IEI Fee $61
Document Fee (for first-time Summer Sessions students) $50

Meet your instructors

Daniel Rogers

Instructor, FILM TV 37 – Introduction to Writing for Television: Big Ideas for the Small Screen (In-Person Sections)

Daniel Christopher “D.C.” Rogers was born and raised in Lompoc, CA, the son of a rocket engineer and brother to three over-achieving sisters. Daniel was most recently a story editor on the Netflix series PARTNER TRACK. He was previously a staff writer on the CW drama IN THE DARK. His development slate includes a series with Will Graham’s Field Trip Productions, and an adaptation of Karol Hoeffner’s novel KNEE DEEP with John Strauss and Josephson Entertainment. Daniel holds an MFA from the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC and a BA in English from Harvard College. A classically trained baritone, SAG Award-winning actor, and reformed pre-law student, Daniel resides in Los Feliz, CA.

Joey Siara

Instructor, FILM TV 37 – Introduction to Writing for Television: Big Ideas for the Small Screen (Virtual Section)

Joey Siara is a New York based screenwriter. He spent his twenties performing in a noisy indie-rock band and has seen nearly every state in the country through the cracked window of a Ford Econoline. His music has been featured in several TV shows – from SONS OF ANARCHY to PARENTHOOD to GOSSIP GIRL. He has a Master’s from Harvard and an MFA from UCLA. He was staffed on EMERGENCE for ABC, co-wrote a comedy feature for Limelight Pictures, and published a short-story — The Last of the Goggled Barskys for Slate. He currently has a project in development at Hulu with his brother Andy (screenwriter of PALM SPRINGS) and is staffed on a new series — THE RESORT for Peacock.