Hi there!Hey all,
This should say applicantS but I can't figure out how to change the title of the post. (ugh)
Didn't see a thread started for those of us applying to USC MFA Screenwriting for fall 2014. Thought this would be a good place to share our adventures in writing creative challenges, autobiographical character sketches and beyond.
It would be great to get to know other applicants as well and why we're all so interested in USC. I'm 24 and living in Los Angeles. I've been working at a production company in development and haven't made any connections or headway in the world of TV writing. I've advanced in some of the TV workshops, but I want to go to USC to improve my writing (as I've only started writing about a year and a half ago) and also make some solid TV world connections. I'm attending the admission session on September 25th and I've been burning the old midnight oil the past couple of weeks trying to get all my essays done so I can apply by the end of september (I want to get it out of the way while I'm not so busy).
Looking forward to hearing from everyone and starting this journey!
And what a boat we're in! My status is the same as yours. I think I remember seeing people began hearing back in mid-February last year, with the majority hearing in March. Could be mistaken, though (I have a serious case of the Monday clouds going on today).
From what I've seen from previous years, they won't start sending out acceptances for the screenwriting MFA until February. THey do have to go through like 300+ applications after all. That's a lot.
If anyone hears anything please do post!
BTW, does anyone know if they interview potential Screenwriting MFAs? I haven't heard they did, and was just curious.
I applied to USC (and UCLA) for Screenwriting. I'm 23 and currently living in Miami (where I'm from), though I lived in LA last year, where I completed a TV writing certificate at UCLA extension. I've been writing for about a year and a half.
Glad to meet you all and good luck!
I live like 15 minutes from Coconut Grove!valeskarod
What's up! Applied for the same. Where in MIA do you live? I interned out there a few years back at Cripsin in Coconut Grove (not in one of those houses). How was the TV writing course at UCLA Extension? I had a friend who took a screenwriting course there and he said it was pretty rad.
I live like 15 minutes from Coconut Grove!
And I really enjoyed the classes I took at UCLA extension. I had never written before taking the classes there, so I got a lot out of the experience (learned structure, formatting, characters, story, basically everything from scratch.)
The teachers (and classmates) were great, too!
How was UCLA's extension program. I was thinking about doing it but conflicted about spending the money. It seems like it is geared more for first time script writers. I was also wondering, if the program helps students create a good body of work (about 3 scripts), what would be the point of going for an MA in screenwriting?
Just wanted to hear your perspective, since you've already done it.
The program is great in the sense that you get out of it what you put in. My main goal was to get as many writing samples as I could, so I took the spec and pilot classes various times with different teachers. Other people I know prefer to take different classes, like sketch ones, how to produce, etc.Thanks for the feedback valeskarod. Wow, that is a great body of work to come out of the program. Right now it's about $3,500 for the whole program - which, isn't too bad I guess.
I've just been writing and learning on my own since college, and attending workshops for writing advice.
I'm like you. I miss the classroom setting and bouncing ideas off of other people. And being around others that have the same interest! Writing can get lonely
Anyway, it's getting closer now kiddos. Hopefully we'll start finding stuff out next week or the week after