TV Writing and the Creative Writing Workshop Shaping Practice across Disciplinary Boundaries


  • Douglas Heil University of Wisconsin Oshkosh



scriptwriting, creative writing, mass media, television, writing curriculum, community, subjectivist expressionism


This essay argues that creative writing and mass media programs have much to learn from each other. In its use of roundtable writing and serialized storylines that parallel 19th century literature, prime-time television writing is a natural fit for programs that intertwine creative writing workshops with the study of literature; institution within the curriculum is urged. Mass media programs – while perhaps already offering TV writing – can bolster this subject through the incorporation of creative writing workshop traditions.

Author Biography

Douglas Heil, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Douglas Heil is a Department of Communication Professor in the Radio- TV -Film program at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He has authored Prime-Time Authorship, published by Syracuse University Press, and is a recipient of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award and the UW Oshkosh Distinguished Teaching Award. He received an M.F.A. in Filmmaking from Northwestern University.


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How to Cite

Heil, D. (2012). TV Writing and the Creative Writing Workshop Shaping Practice across Disciplinary Boundaries. Writing and Pedagogy, 4(1), 13–41.



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