The other central course in the playwriting curriculum is the Playwriting Workshop, in which writers have an opportunity to hear a full draft read out loud by MFA actors. Alumni MFA playwriting alumni are represented in the top tiers of theatre, film, television, and academia.
First year students have a workshop production. Through our unique and extensive production opportunities, our writers collaborate closely with their colleagues in the MFA acting, directing, design, dance, and stage management programs to fully realize theatrical, compelling, and meaningful works of theatre as part of our nationally-renowned Wagner New Play Festival, which occurs every spring.
Previous playwrights have used these stipends to travel to Egypt, Thailand, and Prague to research plays and have also traveled to London and Avignon to see theatre. MFA playwrights have the opportunity to collaborate with MFA actors, designers, and stage managers during the festival.
A striking feature of our program is the mentorship playwrights receive in creating a professional life that is uniquely suited to their individual goals. The work of the seminar is a combination of reading and discussion of plays, writing exercises, and discussion of various aspects of professional life.
Productions are directed by MFA directing students, faculty directors, or guest directors. This allows for individualized and intensive mentorship as well as multiple productions through which MFA writers develop their craft, their voice, and their vision.
The Wagner New Play Festival has grown to be a nationally recognized showcase and incubator of important new voices.
Classes The core of the playwriting curriculum is the Playwriting Seminar, a course that all MFA playwrights take together. The Festival is attended by artistic directors, literary managers, and producers from across the country as well as agents.
Only one or two writers are admitted each year; our cohort never exceeds five. If you have questions or would like more information about our Graduate programs, call the Graduate Coordinator at or email at meward ucsd.
Our alumni ranks are populated by playwrights being produced Off Broadway and regionally, executive producers and show runners for network and cable TV, working screenwriters, and tenure-track professors.
Other courses include Screenwriting, Writing for Television, and Adaptation, which are offered in rotation within a three-year cycle. Seminar topics vary each quarter, from readings of contemporary plays to focus on particular styles and artistic movements.
Recent students have taken classes in topics as diverse as Neuroscience and Human Sexuality. Living expenses and other fees are not typically covered.
Each playwright who enters our program has different goals, and those goals evolve. The year after graduation, playwrights are awarded a Theodore and Adele Shank Fellowship to be in residence at a major American theatre of their choosing.
Faculty For information on our current full-time faculty please visit our faculty page.
Second and third year students receive fully-staged productions. In the summer after their second year, playwrights receive a travel stipend to travel anywhere in the world. Financial Support MFA students are offered a full financial package that covers all university tuition and insurance health, dental, vision.Students will learn core creative writing skills and choose from a selection of electives in the areas of Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Stage & Screenwriting, Children’s Writing, Poetry, and/or The Business of Writing in order to develop more specific skills.
Writing do I do writing I have a question about how to fill out the online application?
Please email your question to the MFA graduate coordinator at mfawriting ucsd. Can a colleague or course provide a letter creative recommendation? The creative writing concentration within the literature major supports students in developing their craft alongside their peers and with the guidance of a faculty adviser.
The courses offered through the Writing Program assist students in improving research and writing skills. The Literature/Writing Major "The thing I love about UCSD's literature/writing major is that the program gives you a lot of space to figure out your interests. There are so many genres available for you to explore.
You can take a class in experiemental cross genre work or science fiction and fantasy. You can write epic poems. Literature/Writing For questions about the major requirements or Literature coursework, please contact an advisor through the Virtual Advising Center.
If you entered UCSD prior to Fallyour major. Find links to campus writing programs, and resources to help you with your writing requirements and assignments.Download