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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 creative collaborators, agents, managers, and investors and become real projects. The curriculum immerses students in the SCA tradition of crafting compelling stories and honing your narrative instincts through small workshop classes. You will learn to write short scripts, feature­length screenplays, television episodes in comedy and drama, web series, and scripts for games and other immersive media.

Stories

Alum of the writing division talks about her process on the hit Sleepy Hollow

Heather Regnier
Alumni Profile

Writing Division alumni win Humanitas Award

Nora Sullivan and Emily Brochin
Alumni Profile

An Interview with the Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinematic Ethics

Ted Braun
Faculty Profile

Student Stories

Rebecca Rosenberg

Rebecca Rosenberg
MFA, Writing for Screen & Television '17

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Jorge Molina

Jorge Molina
BFA, Writing for Screen and Television '16

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Stanley Kalu

Stanley Kalu
BFA, Writing for Screen & Television '19

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Featured Student Work

STRIPPER
BABY SHOWER

by Alyson Weaver Nicholas (MFA, 2017)

JENNY
Now that Lisa's in the bathroom I have to confess. I decided to surprise her with some "male" entertainment.
CARRIE: No way. Strippers?
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HOW TO
SURVIVE
ANYTHING

by Lauren Moon (MFA 2017)

INT. HOLLY'S BEDROOM - DAY
Trophies. Ribbons. Medals. Every portion of this girl's room is covered. There are framed photos of a young HOLLY CHU (13) in Tae Kwon Do uniform, holding a tennis racket.
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135TH AND AVALON

by Michelle Jackson (MFA 2017)

TITLE CARD: SOLANO STATE PRISON, PRESENT
DARRYL WILLIAMS (56) -- a thin, worn frame; a bald head -- kneels on a mat on the ground, facing the only window in the cell. He wears khaki pants and a plain
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STUMBLE THROUGH

by Jeremy Palmer (MFA 2017)

INT. THE RATTATAT OFFICE - THE PHOTO WALL - DAY
Framed pictures and newspaper clippings paper the wall in the small office.
Pictures that date back 20 years depict people of all ages acting in
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BEYOND REVOLUTION

by Neda Davarpanah (BFA 2019)

EXT. TEHRAN SKYLINE - NOVEMBER 4, 1979 - SUNRISE
The sunrise gives the city a deep red glow. Smog rises above the snow-capped Alborz Mountains.
Thousands of armed PROTESTERS line Queen Elizabeth Boulevard,
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FACTS ABOUT
THE MOON

by Nina Varela (BFA 2017)

EXT. JUNGLE - VIETNAM - DAY
Just past dawn.
Pale sunlight filters down through the canopy of the jungle, falling across wide leaves, vines , tree trunks coated with wet green moss. Frogs SING their frog songs from
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BREAKS

by Elana Zeltser (BFA 2017)

SUMMER BREAK
INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
A High School party is in full swing. But this isn't any old kickback. These kids just graduated, based on the excessive amount of cheesy decorations and
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AGORAPHOBIA

by Raphael Cantor (BFA 2017)

INT. BEN'S STUDIO CITY APARTMENT - BEDROOM - DAY
Over a BOX: A framed picture of BEN (then 26) and KRISTEN (then 25), posed and smiling, lays in a cardboard box. A SHAKE WEIGHT is tossed in, cracking the frame.
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Degree Programs

Undergraduate
Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing for Screen & Television is a unique, four-year program for students who want a real career in screen and television writing. Students work with talented writers from around the globe in small workshop-style classes, learn from top minds in the industry and working professionals, and intern at top companies in the expanding world of film, television, and interactive media.

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Graduate
Masters of Fine Arts

The Master of Fine Arts, with a major in Writing for Screen & Television, is a two-year degree program which concentrates on training screenwriters to work in the entertainment industry and beyond. In addition to receiving an unparalleled master's education in the craft of writing, MFA candidates also benefit from the University's ties to the industry's top writers, directors, production companies, and studios in Los Angeles, yielding an array of internship and mentorship opportunities.

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Minors

Comedy

The minor in comedy is designed to train students in the creation of comedic entertainment in film, television and new media. The only minor of its kind at a major research university, the Comedy Minor is for any student who takes comedy seriously.

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Screenwriting

The Minor in Screenwriting covers writing for the screen from many different points of view and allows students to explore television, film and, new media writing and all of the opportunities the Division has to offer.

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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
writing@cinema.usc.edu