About the Writing for Screen & Television Program
Shonda Rhimes '94 is the creator of
Grey's Anatomy, the hit ABC show.

It all begins with a script. Before any film, television show, web series, or video game can become a phenomenon, you need words on a page. The Writing for Screen & Television Division teaches students how to create the kinds of scripts that excite directors, producers, agents, and managers.

In the Writing Division, you'll be immersed in the SCA tradition of crafting compelling stories and honing your narrative skills through small workshop classes. You will learn to write feature-length screenplays, television episodes in comedy and drama, web series, and scripts for games and immersive media. You will create original TV pilots, work in a writers' room, and collaborate with a Production class. If your pilot becomes a series - you'll be the showrunner! In our Writing Presents series, you'll get a chance to meet and interact with the most influential and successful screen and television writers working today. As a Writing for Screen & Television student you will graduate with a portfolio of feature scripts, television pilots, and series episodes.

You will be exposed to the creative and business aspects of being an entertainment industry writer. The Division launches its students into the industry through Script List, a booklet sent out to over 300 industry professionals that highlights the portfolio of each graduating student; Industry Mentors, with such alumni as Aisha Muharrar (Parks and Recreation), Chris Cantwell (Halt and Catch Fire), and Zahir McGhee (Scandal) participating as mentors; and First Pitch, a round robin-style showcase with agents, managers, and producers who are all looking for talented writers like you.

A short sample of our numerous successful alumni include:

Andrew Marlowe (Air Force One), John Singleton (Boyz N' The Hood), Shonda Rhimes (creator of Grey's Anatomy), Josh Schwartz (creator of Chuck, The OC), Jamie Vanderbuilt (Basic), David Veloz (Natural Born Killers), Matthew Ryan Hodge (United States of Leland), Matthew Weiner (Sopranos), Jeff Davis (creator of Quantico), Brian Peterson and Kelly Saunders (Smallville), Steven Chbosky (Jericho, Rent), Lisa Parsons (Arrested Development), Brad Riddell (American Pie: Band Camp), Aaron Thomas (Friday Night Lights) and many more with impressive credits in every area of storytelling.

Degrees & Minors Offered
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Undergraduate Minor
Contact Information

Writing for Screen & Television
USC School of Cinematic Arts
Kristen Davis, Program Coordinator
University Park, SCA 335
Los Angeles, CA 90089.2211
Phone: 213.740.3303