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Television Writing Certificate

Program Overview

Program Overview

Craft Your Television Writing Career Online.

Step into the dynamic world of television with our graduate level Television Writing Certificate, tailored for aspiring writers who seek to excel in crafting compelling narratives for the small screen. This online program is meticulously designed to provide you with the essential skills, industry insights, and connections necessary to navigate the evolving landscape of television writing.

Your journey to television writing excellence begins here. Embark on an educational journey that transforms your passion for storytelling into a viable career in television writing. With our Television Writing Certificate, you'll not only learn how to craft engaging television scripts but also gain the confidence to navigate the complexities of the television industry. Apply now and take the first step toward becoming a key player in the world of television writing. 

"From classes with dedicated professors with real-world industry experience to unique educational opportunities like the Writers Room Intensive, Lipscomb's screenwriting and television writing certificates truly prepare students for the film and television industry."
- Chris Luccy, Writer and Co-Producer, ABC’s A Million Little Things (2018-2023)

Who Should Apply?

This program is perfect for graduate-level students, emerging television writers, and professionals aiming to transition into television writing.

Whether your goal is to refine your storytelling abilities, understand the nuances of writing for television, or connect with a supportive community of writers, our Television Writing Certificate is designed to support your aspirations.








Customize Your Degree (Stackable MFA)

Certificate + Certificate + Certificate + Capstone = Stackable Master of Fine Arts

Combine this certificate with two others in creative arts sectors to craft your own Master of Fine Arts degree program. Our stackable certificates offer not only versatility but also an economical path to a prestigious qualification. Pave your way toward an MFA in Entertainment, Design & Creative Enterprise – a degree that stands as the pinnacle of achievement in the fine arts. Learn more about the MFA stackable degree.

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Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

* Due to high demand enrollment is limited

All applicants to the television writing certificate graduate program must submit the following:

  • Application Form. Each applicant must complete an application form. The application form is available at
  • Application Fee. Each application should be accompanied by a $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Official Transcript(s). Each applicant must submit an official transcript, showing degree conferral when appropriate, from all schools attended. Official transcript(s) Undergraduate degrees with a cumulative 3.0 GPA will receive priority consideration.
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Résumé

* The admission process also includes an interview which will be scheduled through the program director. 




Faculty to student ratio

Online Flexibility, Direct Feedback

Embrace the convenience of online learning while benefiting from live, interactive feedback sessions. Our courses convene once a week via Zoom, allowing you to receive real-time critiques and guidance from experienced instructors and peers. This feedback is critical, fostering growth and refinement in your writing craft.

Mastering Television Narrative Structure

Delve deep into the narrative structures unique to television writing, from episodic storytelling to serialized narratives. Our curriculum focuses on the key components that make television writing distinct, offering you the tools to create engaging, character-driven stories that resonate with audiences and meet industry standards.

Travel Courses

To complement the online coursework, our certificate program includes travel course options aimed to deepen your understanding of the television industry. One such course is to travel to the Austin Screenwriting Conference in Austin, TX. This immersive experience provides direct exposure to the television writing world, offering networking opportunities and fostering a sense of community among aspiring writers.

Collaboration and Networking

Recognizing the collaborative nature of television writing, our program places a strong emphasis on teamwork, mentoring, feedback, and networking. You'll have the chance to collaborate on projects, receive mentorship from industry professionals, and build a network of contacts that will be invaluable as you advance in your career.

Our Faculty

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    Melissa Forte

    Associate Professor and Chair, Cinematic Arts

    After six years of industry work with the Walt Disney World company in Orlando, Fla., Melissa Forte returned to Ohio University to complete an M.A. in Media Studies and an...

    Meet Melissa Forte
  • Mike Nawrocki headshot

    Mike Nawrocki

    Visiting Professor

    As co-creator of "VeggieTales," co-founder of Big Idea Entertainment and the voice of the beloved Larry the Cucumber, Mike Nawrocki has been part of the pulse of the "VeggieTales" brand,...

    Meet Mike Nawrocki
  • Tony Bancroft headshot

    Tony Bancroft

    Program Director

    Meet Tony Bancroft
  • Steve Taylor

    Steve Taylor

    Assistant Professor

    Steve Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, producer and recording artist who earned his "Renaissance Man" stripes (Prism Magazine) from a body of work that's garnered him multiple Grammy, Billboard, Telly,...

    Meet Steve Taylor
  • Tony Bancroft headshot

    Tony Bancroft

    Program Director

    Meet Tony Bancroft
  • Mike Meredith headshot

    Mike Meredith

    Assistant Professor

    Meet Mike Meredith
  • Lipscomb Featured Faculty

    Diana Coco-Russell

    Adjunct Faculty

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  • Eric Stars

    Eric Stars

    Visiting Professor

    With over a decade of experience working as a professional animator and visual effects artist, Eric Stars comes to Lipscomb University from Fivestone Studios. Stars' primary focus is 3D character...

    Meet Eric Stars
  • Jake Morgan headshot

    Jake Morgan

    Marketing Videography Producer

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  • Lori Fischer

    Lori Fischer

    Adjunct Faculty

    Lori Fischer (MFA, NYU Dramatic Writing Department) is an Independent Vision Award Nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting for her feature film Chasing Taste. Chasing Taste was also the Feature Comedy Award...

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