Creative Writing for the Media - Courses

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Application Procedures:

  • Who: SoC majors completing their junior year.
  • When: Spring quarter of their junior year; applications must be received by the announced due date.
  • Enrollment Capacity: The capacity of the CWMM is defined by two factors: 
    • The amount of professional board members per given academic year (each board member is assigned three students).
    • The amount of overall students in the CWMM.
  • The goal is to maintain six (6) to eight (8) professional board members each academic year, so a possible cap on the class would be eighteen (18) to twenty-four (24) CWMM students due to the one-on-one involvement of our professional board throughout the fall and spring quarters.

The fall and winter senior year writing program is only available to current SoC juniors. Applicants should submit a statement of purpose (300 word maximum) and a minimum of five (5) and a maximum of ten (10) pages of original screenwriting or playwriting work. Your writing sample may be a single work or excerpts from collected works.

If students have any specific questions about the application process or the CWMM program, they may contact the module advisor, Freda Love Smith at Freda-love-smith@northwestern.edu.

Prerequisites:

RTVF 260 and either;
(1) RTVF 360 or RTVF 464 by end of junior year or:
(1) SoC 300 level or higher media-related elective by end of junior year. Requires pre-requisite approval (see below).

NOTE: Theatre 312 (Art of Storytelling); Theatre 330 (Special Topics); Theatre 346 (Playwriting) and Theatre 348 (Advanced Creative Drama); Communication Studies/CMN 302 (Law of the Creative Process); Communications Studies 352 (Social Network Analysis) and Communications Studies 377 (Developing & Marketing Popular Culture) are all pre-approved as pre-requisites.

Pre-requisite approval: Students seeking pre-requisite approval of SoC media-related electives (for courses not listed above) will be given the opportunity to submit those courses along with their application to the module. These electives will be reviewed and approved at the discretion of the module coordinator in consultation with the committee of instruction.

Course Requirements:

(3) Completed 360 classes, any time before winter quarter, senior year
(1) A premise/synopsis of the student’s Capstone Portfolio Project. The premise/synopsis will be for either:
• A feature length screenplay
• A full-length play
-OR-
• Two (2) premises/synopses for a television pilot package consisting of one 1/2 hour and one hour long script (two scripts, total)

Once the capstone premise/synopsis is submitted (during the first two weeks of the fall quarter) and then approved by the module coordinator, students must then work to complete the capstone project over the course of the fall and winter quarters.

(1) Completion of the full Capstone Portfolio Requirements at the completion of the Winter Quarter.

(1) Participation with selected Professional Board Member throughout the fall and winter quarters (level of participation to be outlined by module coordinator, board member and student).

(1) RTVF 464 or media-related elective completed by graduation. This course requirement is in addition to the pre-requisite.

Details:

  • Students must maintain a B- average in all module coursework. In the event a student earns below a B- in the fall cohort class, they may be dismissed from the program by decision of the module coordinator in consultation with the committee of instruction.
  • A grade of B or higher is required in all pre-requisites and all writing classes. Any such class with a grade lower than B will not qualify as a pre-requisite nor count toward completion of the module. All the other above requirements must be completed by graduation.
  • A Capstone Portfolio.