Our screenwriting program is unique in design, practice, and philosophy. With a conservatory approach, we reject the notion of the writer in solitude. During their foundational semester in production, our screenwriters dive into their first full semester alongside production students, on set and fully active in all aspects of filmmaking. Our screenwriters write and direct a short film in the first five months of their coursework. They also shoot, design, produce, and edit a short film and work as key second crew members on eight additional films.
After that intense, immersive experience, they travel to London for a semester that takes them beyond classroom walls and expands their worldview. We chose London as an ideal location to connect them to the narrative roots of storytelling in theater. While abroad, writers create their first full-length feature and a one-act play.
Throughout the program, our writers are challenged to experiment across genres, explore their unique voices, and build a body of work for both television and film. With small classes of six to eight writers, we offer individual attention and hand-tailored approaches to take each writer to the next level. We encourage our writers to take risks on the page, to strengthen their ability to generate ideas, to broaden their aesthetic ambitions, and to balance both incubation and collaboration to create their strongest works.
In their second year, many of our writing students collaborate with production students on their thesis films, which have garnered acclaim on the festival circuit, winning prestigious awards.
With a growing emphasis on preparing our writers for the industry, they take a class solely devoted to the art of pitching, which culminates in a week-long trip to Los Angeles. Our writers pitch their work to industry professionals, get valuable feedback, and connect with our strong and generous alumni network. In addition to craft-based workshops and week-long intensives, our writers have a class with a manager in Los Angeles, are paired with a mentor upon graduation, and connected with internship opportunities.
All of our writers graduate having:
written a one-act play,
two original television pilots,
a spec script for a currently airing television show,
and two feature-length screenplays;
written and directed a short film;
shot, designed, produced, and edited a short film;
and worked on 8 additional short films as key crew members.
Our writers who choose to focus on television write:
two additional television pilots
and three full pitches for an original television show.
Our writers who choose to focus on writing for film write:
two additional feature-length screenplays
and three full pitches developed for feature films.
Our alumni have gone on to write for award-winning television shows, critically acclaimed feature films, and box-office hits. Check out our Alumni Spotlight to find out what our esteemed graduates are up to.
We are also proud to announce that our recent alumnus, Adrienne Rush (’15), won the Humanitas Award this year. Read more here.
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Information on tuition, fees, and financial assistance for the MFA in Writing Program.
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