Created in 1990 in partnership with the Writers Guild of America West (WGAw), the Disney | ABC Writing Program is based in Los Angeles. Widely recognized as one of the entertainment industry’s most successful writing programs, the one-year program’s primary goal is to connect participants to their first staff writing positions, via Disney │ ABC Television Group (DATG) series. Staffing is not guaranteed.

The program has launched the careers of many established and award-winning writers, producers and showrunners for hit shows across the broadcast, cable and streaming platforms, including: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Psych and more. It also was the starting point for show creators such as: Veena Sud (The Killing; Seven Seconds), Jane Espenson (Warehouse 13) and Erica Montolfo-Bura (Zoe Ever After).

The Disney | ABC Writing Program remains the only program of its kind designed under terms approved by the WGAw.

About the Writing Program

The twelve-month Program begins in February and ends in January of the following year. Please note that time frames are subject to change. For at least the first month of 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 Program alumni; improvisational workshops; and networking mixers with executives.

The Program also provides engagement with executives, producers and literary representatives, designed to facilitate relationships that can prove invaluable in developing a television writing career.

Writers become employees of Disney│ABC Television Group (DATG) 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 Disney | ABC Writing Program application now is a fully online process that requires Internet access and digital files. All application links, instructions and additional information are managed solely through our Facebook page.

IMPORTANT: We will not accept any mailed, emailed, faxed or delivered submissions for the Writing Program. All application steps are managed online.


    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.


    All application links, instructions and information are managed solely through our Facebook page. 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.


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