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Master of Fine Arts in TV and Screenwriting 

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Our program — with its bold, daring mission — has drawn the attention and the support of some of the most successful and well-known writers in Hollywood. Our faculty includes some of the best working writers in the profession, and our curriculum includes an in-depth look at the business side of TV and screenwriting.  Explore more: program highlights, student achievements and stories

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Stephens is proud to be the first college in the nation to offer a low-residency MFA program specifically for TV and screenwriting. Our students come to Los Angeles twice a year for 10-day workshops at the beautiful Jim Henson Studio. Between workshops, students work one-on-one online with at least four different mentors over two years. Two years + four workshops in Hollywood = your M.F.A. Explore in-depth

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Application Deadline

We are still accepting Fall 2019 applications through April 30, 2019. To apply, simply click on the “apply now” button above.


Voices and Stories 

"When Women Wrote Hollywood"

The inaugural class of the Stephens MFA in TV and Screenwriting collaborated on this collection of essays on the lives of female screenwriters from the Golden Age of Hollywood. These writers helped create unforgettable stories and characters beloved by generations of audiences, but their names have been left out of most film histories. Chapters trace the careers such writers as Anita Loos, Adela Rogers St. Johns, and Lillian Hellman, and explore themes of their writing in classics like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Ben Hur, and It’s a Wonderful Life. Along with bringing more female voices and female-focused stories into mainstream films and television, the Stephens MFA students’ mission is to bring more recognition to the women who came before them. 

Read more here.

The Inner Circle: More Media 

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