Frequently Asked Questions
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What happens in the MFA workshops?
Our incredible faculty - all working writers and members of the WGA - lead foundational classes in screenwriting and television writing. They are joined by guest lecturers such as Winnie Holzman (“My So-Called Life,” “Wicked”), Robin Schiff (“Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion”), Nell Scovell (“The Muppet Show,” co-author of “Lean In”), Alexa Junge (“Friends,” “The West Wing”), Frank Renzulli (“The Sopranos”), Carol Barbee (“Touch”), Abi Morgan (“Suffragette”), Linda Woolverton (“Lion King,” “Maleficent”) - to name just a few. There are field trips to the writer’s room of “The Simpsons” and “Grimm.” We visit the WGA Foundation Library and the Margaret Herrick Library at the Motion Picture Academy. We attend screenings of things like “The Last Picture Show” with a Q&A with Peter Bogdanovich. We take mindfulness and yoga breaks. We eat good food. We have a concluding dinner honoring Victoria Riskin in Malibu. Things like that.
How do I apply to the Stephens TV and MFA Program?
We’d love to see you in our program. Check out program details and the application here
What Does “Low-Residency” Mean?
Students gather at the Jim Henson Studio in Hollywood an intensive ten day workshop in early August and then again for another ten day workshop in January. During the semester, each student works on-line with one mentor on a screenplay, and another mentor on a television script, as well as taking an online History of Screenwriting class. The bottom line: Over two years, student will spend 40 days in Los Angeles, connect with four amazing mentors, and graduate with an M.F.A. which will allow them to teach at the university level.
Where does the MFA meet?
At the historic Jim Henson Studio in Hollywood, built by Charlie Chaplin in 1918.
How can I be an ally to women in the industry?
This is an ongoing discussion for us. Here are a few articles that begin to broach the subject. Please check out our contact page and send in you favorite thoughts on the subject.
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