Storytelling, mastered. Screenwriting

A well-rounded screenwriter is a more effective screenwriter. That’s why a well-rounded curriculum lies at the heart of Boston University’s two-year graduate screenwriting program.

Stretch yourself creatively as you hone your writing skills. Write for different mediums and genres. Develop original ideas, adaptations, write episodes of existing television shows and create one of your own. Learn the business side of screenwriting. Blend theory with practical understanding.

Recent graduates speak about their master's work in screenwriting at COM

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The basics.

At the end of four semesters, you’ll leave with a strong, diverse portfolio and one of the few Screenwriting MFA’s offered by a university today. You may even choose to go on to our Fifth Semester in Los Angeles program (more about that later).

Our MFA program prepares you to place, sell and produce your work for film and television. There are graduate assistant positions available for students who would like teaching experience.

Small program, big talent.

The graduate Screenwriting program is selective, small, intimate and nurturing. There are only a handful of students, and they work together usually developing close ties. Student/teacher ratios are extraordinarily small; the learning experience is personal—often one on one—with a faculty of accomplished screenwriters.

Writers write.

That’s our motto. It’s also our modus operandi. In your two years here, you will write a minimum of seven scripts: two feature length films, two short scripts, an episode of an existing dramatic series, an episode of an existing sitcom and an original TV pilot script.

In addition, students will learn to participate in story meetings with producers and write coverage for projects in various stages of development.

Collaborate with Filmmakers.

Screenwriting MFA candidates may apply to the Cinema and Media Production program’s Core course, which allows them to participate in many aspects of filmmaking: shaping the concept through workshops and actor improvisation, collaborating with a director to write the script and witnessing the shooting of the film. Students selected for this course earn a credit as the film’s screenwriter.

BU goes Hollywood.

Now, about that Semester in LA program. It’s a single semester that includes our Writer in Hollywood program, exclusive to Screenwriting MFA students, and provides internship opportunities in both television and film.

You gain valuable experience in the film business and work with established writers. In addition, you take a Rewrite class where you revise a story you wrote while in Boston. Guest speakers share their experiences and answer your questions. If you’re interested in a career in Hollywood, it’s the perfect introduction.

A sneak peek into the acting, writing, and production opportunities offered by the BU in LA internship program.

The Writer in Hollywood
  • Focused class study combined with internships in both film and television
  • Industry professionals coaching students on a regular basis
  • One-on-one professional review and critiques
  • Showcasing writers and their work through meetings, mailings and/or “pitch” opportunities

Bring your passion and your talent.

We’ll help you apply it. Screenwriting experience is not necessary to apply. What matters most is the ability and desire to tell stories and tell them well.

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