Northwestern Writing for Screen and Stage Fall 2020

By golly, I'm making this thread so that I can provide some basic information about this program. I'm about to have my interview and I don't know what they're going to ask me. I'll update this post about my preparation and interview once it happens.

Hopefully, someone out in the deep blue inter-web might stubble upon this and grace us with more information.
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
BU
Good luck!

Write a review on the page below based on the interview afterwards if you can. (It can be anonymous)

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The interview went well, thankfully! Now's just a waiting game--the hardest part of the application process. Here are some specifics about the interview itself:

When I first got the email, they asked for my availability across the span of three different dates. I don't know how many people made it to the interview round, but it seemed like they were able to accommodate for everyone's schedules. I think it implies that there's not too many people in this final round (remember, they're looking to pick a close knit group of 12).

All interviews are about 10 minutes long. I was interviewed by the core faculty of the Writing for Screen and Stage program (three people in total). They are very familiar with your application when you are interviewed. Each faculty member asks you a different question. Their questions were quite in depth and catered to you as a writer, but here are the meat and potatoes of what I was asked:

- What is the purpose of writing and why do you write?
- What are your goals with writing and what are you working on/looking to create?
- What have you seen recently that has impacted you greatly?
- Do you have any questions?

They were focused on your vision as a writer. None of that logistical mumbo jumbo about paying for tuition and what you think about the school. Hope this helps ANYONE. I wish I had info about it prior, so I just want to pay it forward.
 
Hey, I had my interview on Wednesday and I think it went well. It went 5 minutes over the 10 minute mark so I'm hoping that's a good sign.
I hope so, too! That sounds like a great sign. Good luck to you! I believe acceptances come out in mid-March, but hopefully they come out earlier. We should reconvene when they do!
 
@Johnathan Johnson I would also urge you to add your application (or applications) to the tracker! There's not enough information about Northwestern on there, and the data has been helpful for interested parties like myself!
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
BU
@Johnathan Johnson I would also urge you to add your application (or applications) to the tracker! There's not enough information about Northwestern on there, and the data has been helpful for interested parties like myself!
@Johnathan Johnson see this for how to add applications:
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@JoanCrawford I know right, I'm kinda discouraged.
I was a bit discouraged, too. I'm still waiting to hear back from other schools though. I figured that if I don't get into any school that compels me right now, I'll try again next year. I've learned a lot from this process this year that will make me into a better candidate for next year!

Did you apply anywhere else?
 

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