Writing for Film and Television (MFA)

Connect with industry professionals

Launch your screenwriting career in Emerson’s low-residency Writing for Film and Television Master of Fine Arts program. 

Begin each semester with a one-week residency on our Boston (Fall) or Los Angeles campus (Spring). During each residency, you will participate in lectures, screenings, writing workshops, and a Masterclass with a guest film or television writer. Previous guest screenwriters have included: 

  • Krista Vernoff, Showrunner for Grey’s Anatomy
  • David Magee, Writer of Life of Pi
  • Mara Brock Akil, Executive Producer of Black Lightning

As a student in the program, you’ll build a writing portfolio that includes polished short, pilot, and feature scripts, while working with faculty mentors with industry connections and experiences to share with you. Our low-residency format allows you to build invaluable relationships in-person with your peers before moving into the online learning environment. There are no GRE requirements to apply.

Upon completing the program, you’ll have the practice, confidence, and meaningful connections you need to launch your writing career and introduce your stories to the world. 

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Week-Long Residencies

Begin each semester with a week-long residency featuring seminars, screenings, master classes, workshops, and pitch sessions.

Industry Connections

Learn from talented mentors and build strong relationships with faculty and cohort members who are working screenwriters, producers, and independent filmmakers.

Professional Portfolio

Build your creative portfolio, turning your story ideas into compelling scripts for film and TV.

Why Emerson

Become a creative force at Emerson College, the nation’s premier institution of higher learning devoted to communication and the arts. Emerson College draws independent minds from diverse backgrounds around the world, and our graduate programs offer a creative learning experience in flexible formats that enable you to advance your passion into an inspiring career.