Writing

For over 25 years, the Walt Disney Television Writing Program has been lauded as one of the most successful writer programs in the entertainment industry. The one-year program is the only program of its kind designed under terms approved by the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW). The program has launched the careers of many writers, including: Maria Jacquemetton (Mad Men); Jane Espenson (Once Upon A Time); Saladin K. Patterson (Psych); Bryan Oh (Chicago Fire); George Mastras (Breaking Bad); and Veena Sud (The Killing).

Created in 1990 in partnership with the WGAW, the Walt Disney Television Writing Program is based in Los Angeles and is widely recognized as one of the entertainment industry’s most coveted writing programs.

About the Writing Program

Writers become employees of Walt Disney Television (WDT) and will be paid a weekly salary of $961.54 ($50,000 annualized) plus any applicable benefits for which they are eligible in accordance with the then-current Company benefits. The one-year program begins in February and ends in February of the following year. Please note that time frames are subject
to change.

The primary goal for Program Writers is to staff on a WDT series as a staff writer during the one-year program; however, staffing is not guaranteed. The program also provides access to executives, producers and literary representatives through various meetings and events designed to facilitate relationships that can prove invaluable in developing a television writing career. For at least the first month the Program Writers participate in a curriculum designed to better prepare them for staffing consideration. Past activities have included workshops led by veteran television writers, producers and Walt Disney Television Writing Program alumni; improvisational workshops; and networking mixers with WDT current programming and development executives.

From self-branding to creating new writing samples, the goal is to present WDT executives and producers with viable writing candidates who will make invaluable contributions in a writers’ room.

  • WHEN TO APPLY

    The annual submission period for the Writing Program opens during the month of May. Specific dates vary year to year. Follow us on our Facebook page to receive updates and alerts about the submission period.

  • HOW TO APPLY

    Visit this website during the submission period to obtain the application and instructions. The application is only available during the open submission period. Applications will not be accepted prior to the submission period opening date and submissions MUST be received no later than 11:59 p.m. PST on the designated deadline date. Due to the high volume of submissions received, we are unable to confirm receipt of any application submitted.

  • NOTIFICATION

    Please check our Facebook page for announcements regarding individuals selected to join the Writing Program.