The Professional Writer Diploma Program

Professional writers don’t just write for fun; we write for a living – and change lives doing it!

Overview: The Professional Writer diploma program takes students from a variety of writing backgrounds to the professional level as writers for film, television, podcast, games, and other media requiring expert narrative design. We lead you from initial ideation stage to story and script development to industry-standard final drafts, while introducing you to industry professionals and helping you build your business development package for a career after graduation.  

Starts: September 2020 | March 2021

Duration: 6 months

Software: Final Draft, Final Cut Pro

Specializations: Film, TV, Web Series, Games, Podcast, Novel

Tuition: $9900 ($7900 after applicable scholarships – Fall 2020 only)

It all begins with a great story.

The first, most important building block of every film, television, online platform, or media production/publication is a strong story concept combined with a tight, compelling narrative that engages and propels your audience.

Your success as a writer depends on combining a professional work ethic with core industry skills and techniques perfected through repeat practice, workshop-based feedback, coaching, effective networking, and critical post-graduate supports.

Most importantly, your success depends on writing! Regularly, consistently, mentored by professionals who hold you accountable to your own goals, so you go from a wannabe who dreams of being a writer one day to actually getting it done and getting it out there. That’s what students consider the #1 reason and greatest value for taking a full-time writing program in the first place: it gets them writing and keeps them writing until their project is complete, while giving them the skills and confidence needed to write professionally for the rest of their lives. 


The 6-month Writing for Film, TV, Fiction & New Media Diploma Program provides every student with: 

• An accredited diploma in writing for film, TV and emergent media
• Industry-standard portfolio of original scripts for film, TV, podcast, and new media
• Full business package (branding, marketing, networking)
• Connections to major festivals, competitions, and other submission opportunities
• A personalized Master Plan including goal-setting, schedule, concept tracking, and more
• Lifetime access to the SI Resources Database & Alumni Directory
• Lifetime mentorship and enhanced alumni supports


Story Institute’s Professional Writer diploma program is the ultimate synthesis of timeless story fundamentals and current and emergent media trends plus the critical business tools, industry connections and indie media production foundations professional writers need to succeed. Our students set professional goals and targets with professional industry guidance and deepen core writing skills, including:

• Writing plan & schedule
• Ideation
• Character
• World
• Plot structure
• Script development & formatting

• Scene & dialogue
• Genre
• Diversity & representation
• Emergent media platforms
• Full business package (branding, marketing, networking) 

In addition, graduates will be able set, measure, and reset short term and long term goals to ensure ongoing creative and professional progress.