The Writing for the Screen and Stage program of Northwestern University has six core courses, which introduce you to a set of “transportable” media writing concepts, as well as specific idioms/genres. You’ll build a significant portfolio — at least a short screenplay, play, TV episode, and full-length thesis project of your choosing. You’ll understand not just the art and craft of media writing, but also the business of media writing as we’ll practice pitching, taking meetings, writing query letters, and understanding contracts. You’ll choose from a range of topics courses, such as developing the pilot, writing the teen film, experimental adaptation, and interactive narrative. Along the way, you’ll meet artists and executives from TV, stage, film, and new media.
And when you finish, whether you pursue writing for Film, Stage, TV, or some emerging form that you help define, you’ll be eligible to join the Northwestern University Entertainment Alliance, an organization devoted to promoting the careers of recent grads. It’s becoming well known throughout the country: Northwestern fosters a profound sense of artistic community and professional camaraderie.
The recent graduates have been staffed as writers on television shows such as Heroes Reborn, Late Night with Stephen Colbert, The Late Show with Seth Meyers, Major Crimes, and Murder in the First. They’ve also had plays produced at major venues such as The Second City, Victory Gardens Theatre, Steppenwolf, the Flea Theatre, and the National Playwrights Conference at The O’Neill Center and received honors and grants like the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work, the Princess Grace Award, and the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival Award. In addition, their plays have been published by Dramatic Publishing and Samuel French, their films have been accepted to festivals like Newfest: New York LGBT Film Festival, the Ashland Independent Film Festival, and the Rhode Island Film Festival, and they’ve been hired as professors at major universities such as Kenyon College, The University of Wisconsin, and the University of Mississippi.
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- Foundations of Writing for the Screen and Stage
- Writing the Full-Length Play
- Writing the TV episode
- Topics in Media Writing
- Writing the Production-Ready Short Film
- Writing Romantic Comedy
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesFilm, Photography & Media Creative Writing Theatre & Dance View 262 other Masters in Creative Writing in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Online application form
- Writer’s Statement
- Unofficial transcripts from all higher education institutions attended
- Three letters of recommendation
- Resume / CV
- A 10-page writing sample
- A one-page Synopsis of a writing project
- TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students)
International50000 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 50000 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
National50000 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 50000 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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