Through small collaborative workshops designed to mimic professional writers rooms,
intensive one-on-one advisement and supporting classes with industry professionals,
Stony Brook's Television Writing MFA prepares you to join the expanding frontier of
television story-telling that is dominating the entertainment landscape in the US
and around the world.
Being part of Stony Brook's MFA in Television Writing will enable you to master tried and true techniques and learn how to apply them to
this changing and evolving form of storytelling.
That's the philosophy behind Stony Brook's MFA in Television Writing. EXPLORE a variety
of television writing forms including comedy, drama, dramedy, half-hour, one-hour,
spec, pilot, network, cable and streaming.
Find your wheelhouse and your voice. Then CREATE original television series concepts
and pilot scripts.
MASTER your craft through collaborative workshops and intensive individual advisement
and build the writing portfolio that can LAUNCH your career.
The core Television Writing curriculum includes:
Writing the Spec Script
Christine Vachon with Dan Futterman, Showrunner - Looming Tower.
Learn the fundamentals by writing a script for a show that is currently on the air.
Writing the Original TV Pilot Create an original series and write a pilot script.
Showrunner Workshop "Break" stories and write scenes with a working showrunner.
Comedy Workshop Learn to write sketch, late night and monologues in the style of SNL, The Daily Show,
Full Frontal, Amy Schumer.
Guest Series - From the Writers Room In-depth discussions with working writers and showrunners about the writing process,
writers rooms, and a specific script or episode they’ve written.
Screenwriting Learn the fundamentals of long form narrative and develop a script for a feature film.
SUMMER IN SOUTHAMPTON AND NYC:
Acting for Writers Learning to act and to direct actors makes you a better writer. This is the first
workshop in our four-step content creation ladder.
Advanced Pilot Create the second pilot script for your TV Writing portfolio.
Stony Brook TV Writers win Best Pilot Award at North Fork TV Fest.
Limited Series Learn how to work collaboratively in a writers room to construct story arcs for a
limited series based on true events.
Skills Learn how to work camera, sound and editing gear. This workshop is paired with Directing
the Camera and is the second workshop in our four-step content creation ladder.
Directing the Camera Directing scenes from your script gives you insight into how your writing is translated
into a visual medium. This is the third workshop in our content creation ladder.
Web Series Write, produce, direct and edit a micro-pilot for a web series. This is the capstone
class in the content creation ladder and pulls together writing, acting, skills and
directing the camera.
Business of TV Learn how to work with agents and managers, how to pitch and strategies to break into
Pilot Three The capstone writing class where you develop the third pilot script for your TV writing
Revision Revise and polish the writing portfolio that can launch your career as a television
Thesis Work with your thesis advisor to get your “best” script industry-ready and prepare
a pitch for a new series that you can develop after graduation. Can be in-person
or on Zoom.
Internship Work on a show or at a production company, network or studio to get real world experience.
An array of electives from the MFA in Film and the MFA in Creative Writing are available
in all three years of study.
Producing with Christine Vachon
Teaching Practicum – Karen Offitzer. Learn to teach at the college level, design a syllabus and teach
the following semester at Stony Brook undergraduate
Writing in Multiple Genres with Robert Lopez
Humor on the Page with Patty Marx
Poetry, Writing the Short Film, Dystopian Fiction, European Cinema and more.
Meet some of our MFA in TV Writing Students:
Tips from the Writers Room
Writers and showrunners share tips about working in professional writers rooms — from
making your script as strong as possible to getting hired on a show.
Enjoy this series of short videos featuring Alan Kingsberg, Head of Television Writing
for Stony Brook University's MFA in Film Program, in conversation with writers and
producers from some of today's top television programs.