Summer 2021: June 21 – July 30
Our summer Screenwriting and Film Studies M.F.A. and M.A. programs offer an experience unlike anything on the East Coast. We’ll challenge your expectations and help you prepare for a career in writing for film, television, and digital media. Small classes with personalized instruction drive growth in our students and foster deep, long term relationships. You’ll work with program directors with many years of experience, along with professors who have worked in the industry, and learn directly from experienced professionals with a long and impressive list of credentials.
For those wanting to pursue a professional career in filmmaking, the Screenwriting M.F.A. program offers an intensive, six-week program each summer. Students generally complete the degree requirements in three to five summers.
Screenwriting & Film Studies M.A.
A master’s in this program prepares you for a rigorous academic and critical study of film. The degree may be completed in three to five summers.
Passionate about story and film
By delving into screenwriting at Hollins, I developed the most important component of my film career, which is storytelling. It allowed me a deep understanding of character creation, conflict, story structure, and script writing that I couldn’t have learned through film production. I was lucky to be surrounded with people who are passionate about story and film who continue to be part of my go-to network today.
– Niam Itani
Come prepared to work. You’ll develop, pitch, and write your film, television and digital media projects. During our six-week program, students immerse themselves in a professional, collaborative environment. They work with, and learn from, industry professionals with decades of experience in the film and television industry.
Come be a part of a one-of-a-kind program. At Hollins, you’ll build relationships that will not only enrich you, but also prepare you for your future.
“We Bring a Piece of LA to the Roanoke area.”
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Our faculty consists of professors from world renowned film schools including UCLA, NYU, and the University of Texas at Austin. Other instructors include professional film and television writers and some of the most innovative creators of digital media on the scene today.
Each summer we welcome guest artists to share their work and experience. Past speakers have included:
- Ayn and Sam Gailey (writers, Winter Kills, A Girl Like You)
- Frank Deese (writer, The Principal, Josh and SAM)
- Brian Nelson (writer/exec producer, Hard Candy, Devil, Altered Carbon, Nightflyers, 11.22.63)
- Brian Dreyfuss (president/CEO, Featured Artists Talent Agency)
- Craig Borten, (Academy Award-nominated co-writer of Dallas Buyers Club)
- Amy Aniobi (writer; Silicon Valley, The Michael J. Fox Show, HBO’S Insecure; writer/creator, Amy And Lisa Are Black)
- Lisa McQuillan (writer; Blackish, Dr. Ken; writer/creator, Amy And Lisa Are Black)
- Barbara Curry (The Boy Next Door, Hallmark Channel’s Anything For Love)
- Jessica Yingling (producer, Anything For Love)
- Ana Lily Amirpour (writer/director of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, The Bad Batch)
- Scott Kosar (writer, The Machinist)
- Cameron Porsandeh (writer/executive producer, SyFy’s Helix)
A Program led by Seasoned Filmmakers
Codirectors Amy Gerber-Stroh and Brian Price are both award-winning artists who boast years of experience throughout the industry, from independent film to major studios.
In a career spanning more than two decades, Amy has produced and directed films that have captured honors at major film festivals and professional venues, and has worked with Disney, Warner Brothers, and Columbia Pictures. She also chairs the film department at Hollins, where she teaches production, animation, and film studies.
A screenwriter and director, Brian has taught at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television and Yale University. His students have gone on to earn Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, and his book, Classical Storytelling and Contemporary Screenwriting, is required reading in screenwriting programs around the world.