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Elizabeth Keyishian Wilks

Part-Time Lecturer

Affiliated Divisions:

John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television

Elizabeth Keyishian Wilks is a kids’ animation writer. Her recent shows include Sesame Street, Totems, Barbie Dreamtopia, Enchantimals, Butterbeans Café, Sofia the First and Paw Patrol.  She’s been a Writer/Producer on staff of one-hour dramas for westerns, (Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years) science fiction, (Mutant X) and action adventure (Queen of Swords.) She has also written teen novels, including several Nancy Drew mysteries.  She has a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Screenwriting from CSUN. She also taught screenwriting at Pixar Animation Studios and Telltale Games. Her experience in many different kinds of writer’s rooms gives her a unique and broad understanding of the craft of story-telling.