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Dawn Jefferson, BS Northwestern University

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Affiliated Divisions:

John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television

Dawn Comer Jefferson is an award-winning writer, producer, author, and teaching artist. She has written and produced television dramas for broadcast and cable networks, developed a family drama pilot at NBC Universal, and written Emmy winning arts programming for PBS. Dawn was first nominated for an Emmy for writing the Fox animated film, Our Friend, Martin. Currently, Dawn is at work on two limited series. 

Dawn is the co-author of the non-fiction parenting guide Three Ring Circus: How Real Couples Balance Marriage, Work, and Family, and the African American historical children’s fiction The Promise, which was optioned as a mini-series. Dawn’s essays have been featured in the travel anthology Go Girl: The Black Woman’s Guide to Travel and Adventure, an Oprah book pick, and its sequel coming out in 2023. 

Dawn received her undergraduate degree in theater from Northwestern University and started her career in the Disney Writing Program. Dawn teaches screenwriting in the MFA Film and Television Writing program at Stephens College, and the John Wells Division of Writing for Screen and Television at USC.