Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Welcome to WSCU's MFA in Screenwriting Blog site!

There is no other form quite like screenwriting. More than a talent. More than a career. Writing for the screen is a calling. It's not merely what you do - it's who you are - a storyteller, defined by your passion for language, by your belief in the power of the image, and by your dedication to the unique art of the screen.

The MFA in Screenwriting concentration at Western State Colorado University immerses students in the study of writing for film. Our low student:faculty ratio stands as a testament to our belief in the importance of an individualized program of study, and an intimate, supportive community to your growth as a writer.

As a student, you can expect to study with renowned instructors and mentors all of whom are active writers with years of experience not only as successful screenwriters and producers, but as teachers of their craft.

You master the forms and structures of television and film as you cultivate your own voice and vision. You receive instruction in writing the visual narrative, three-act structure, and four-act structure, character development, thematic development, genre, story arc, dialogue and voice-over. You study and analyze the history of classical and contemporary screenwriting texts and the resulting films.

But we intend this forum to serve not just our own students but also the wider circle of writers interested in the world of feature film and television.

We hope this site will allow you to discover a supportive, intimate community dedicated to your passions and ambitions.

-- Dr. Mark Todd, MFA program director

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