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M.F.A. in Writing and Producing for Television

LIU’s acclaimed TV Writers StudioSM  (TVWS) is entering its fourth year.  Its inaugural class graduated in May 2012.  Launched in September 2010, with a carefully selected complement of graduate student writers from across the U.S.A. and international students from Ghana, Great Britain, Columbia, Botswana, and Malaysia.  The program doubled in size when the class of 2013 matriculated. 

Each year, the TVWS has two cohorts running side-by-side: one in its first year, the other in its second and final year.  The students invited to participate in the TVWS become part of an intensive, two year curriculum of study during which they function collaboratively like the staff of an ongoing television series; and independently, as writer/creators of their own TV series pilot and web series. 
Upon completing the 48 credit program, each student will graduate with an M.F.A in Writing and Producing for Television which.  Recruitment for the class of 2016 will begin in the fall of 2013.   

The TV Writers StudioSM  is a one-of-a-kind program that gives its students a real world TV writing experience they could get nowhere Steiner Studios else.  Classes are held at the state-of-the-art , a 305,000-square-foot Hollywood-style production and support facility in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard. 

The program was created by Norman Steinberg, an Emmy Award Winner and veteran screenwriter whose credits include Blazing Saddles, My Favorite Year, Johnny Dangerously, Mr. Mom, and many others.  Pure and simple, the goal of the TVWS is to educate and to develop highly skilled, experienced professionals with strong portfolios who will be prepared to begin careers in the television industry as writer/producer/entrepreneurs.

“The students chosen to join the TV Writers StudioSM will find out what it’s like to be on the day-to-day writing staff of a TV series where they will experience the joy of collaborating on a pilot script and the agony of eating awful Chinese take-out at two in the morning.”Norman Steinberg


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