The minor in screenwriting is designed to train students in the creatively challenging field of writing for screen and television. Students learn the fundamentals of writing for film and television with the opportunity to specialize in writing feature length screenplays, teleplays in both drama and comedy, or analysis of the craft of screenwriting.

Application Procedures

To apply to the minor in screenwriting, a student must be in good academic standing, have a declared major, and have previously completed with a passing grade CTWR 412    Introduction to Screenwriting.

Applications and information can be obtained at the Writing Division office, SCA 335, (213) 740-3303 and online at cinema.usc.edu .

Course Requirements for the Minor

The minor in screenwriting is a specialized course of study for students who desire a solid foundation in the craft of screenwriting. A total of 16 units is required to complete the screenwriting minor, 8 units from four fundamental courses and 8 units of electives.

Fundamentals And Feature Development (8 Units)

  • CTWR 321 Introduction to Hour-Long Television Writing Units: 2 * or
  • CTWR 324 Introduction to Half-Hour Television Writing Units: 2 *
  • CTWR 412 Introduction to Screenwriting Units: 2
  • CTWR 415a Advanced Writing Units: 2 *
  • CTWR 416 Motion Picture Script Analysis Units: 2

*Prerequisite Required. 

Total units: 8

Additional electives (8 units).

  • CTWR 404 Foundations of Comedy Units: 2
  • CTWR 407 Creating the Comedic Character Units: 2
  • CTWR 410L Character Development and Storytelling for Games Units: 4
  • CTWR 411 Television Script Analysis Units: 2
  • CTWR 415b Advanced Writing Units: 2 *
  • CTWR 417 Script Coverage and Story Analysis Units: 2
  • CTWR 421 Writing the Hour-Long Dramatic Series Units: 2 max 4 *
  • CTWR 422 Creating the Dramatic Television Series Units: 2 max 4
  • CTWR 430 The Writer in American Cinema and Television Units: 2
  • CTWR 431 Screenwriters and Their Work Units: 2 max 6
  • CTWR 432 Television Writers and Their Work Units: 2
  • CTWR 433 Adaptations: Transferring Existing Work to the Screen Units: 2
  • CTWR 434 Writing the Half-Hour Comedy Series Units: 2 max 6 *
  • CTWR 435 Writing for Film and Television Genres Units: 2, 3, 4 max 8 *
  • CTWR 437 Writing the Original Situation Comedy Pilot Units: 4 max 8 *
  • CTWR 439 Writing the Original Dramatic Series Pilot Units: 4 max 8 *
  • CTWR 441 Writing Workshop in Creativity and Imagination Units: 2
  • CTWR 453 Advanced Feature Rewriting Units: 4 *
  • CTWR 459a Entertainment Industry Seminar Units: 2
  • CTWR 459b Entertainment Industry Seminar Units: 2
  • CTWR 468 Screenwriting in Collaboration Units: 4 max 8 *
  • CTWR 499 Special Topics Units: 2, 3, 4 max 8

*Prerequisite Required

Additional Requirements

Grade point averages.

A minimum grade of C (2.0) in each course is required. A grade of C- (1.7) or lower does not fulfill a minor requirement.

Graduate Courses

Students may not apply more than 16 units of graduate level course work toward their university degree.

Minor Requirements (18 Hours)

Required courses (18 hours).

  • One 200-level ENGL course.
  • ENGL 360 - Creative Writing    
  • Two 400-level regular or advanced creative writing courses (460, 464, 465, 469, 491, 492, 493)
  • One advanced creative writing course (491, 492, 493),
  • One elective (one 300-500 level ENGL course).
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In College Factual's most recent rankings for the best schools for creative writing majors , USC came in at #8. This puts it in the top 5% of the country in this field of study. It is also ranked #1 in California .

Popularity of Creative Writing at USC

During the 2020-2021 academic year, University of Southern California handed out 45 bachelor's degrees in creative writing. This is an increase of 32% over the previous year when 34 degrees were handed out.

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Of the 45 creative writing students who graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2020-2021 from USC, about 31% were men and 69% were women.

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About the Program

The Creative Writing Minor, offered by the English Department, is an intensive program designed for students who are passionate about writing and wish to pursue careers in writing, editing, and publishing, or those who want to teach creative writing. 

This program is also beneficial for students who want to study literature from the perspective of a writer or who wish to enhance their academic studies with a focus on creative writing.

Focus of Study

The minor provides a comprehensive immersion in the art of literature, offering exposure to different genres and helping students to develop their writing and editing skills. 

Students minoring in Creative Writing will choose one genre of specialization—either poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction—in which to complete a sequence of introductory, intermediate, and advanced writing workshops, but they will also take a small sampling of courses from all three genres.

Overall, the Creative Writing Minor is an excellent opportunity for students to develop their creative and analytical abilities related to reading, writing, and presenting written texts.

Program Requirements

  • 9 credit hours must be upper-division (3000+ level)
  • English majors may complete this minor with 18 credits, while non-English majors will need 21 credits.  
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better

Program Coursework

Please note:

  • Non-English majors are encouraged to contact the Creative Writing Coordinator for guidance on their choice of elective.
  • English majors do not need to take the elective. English majors may complete the minor with 18 credit hours.

For details on coursework and degree requirements, please visit the Academic Catalog .

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Creative writing minor.

The creative writing minor provides students advanced training in specific genres of writing, such as poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Courses include creative writing classes and upper-level English classes, for a well-rounded introduction to the field of creative writing. This minor is especially beneficial to students with primary studies in theater and dance, media arts, marketing, public relations and journalism, among other fields.    

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If you have a way with words and a passion for language, then consider studying Creative Writing and Publishing. Learn to master the art of storytelling and work towards your dream career as an author, editor, freelancer, or communications strategist.

Your studies will equip you with the skills to succeed in a broad range of publishing contexts. Experiment with different genres of writing, including novels, short stories, poetry and screenwriting, with all creative outcomes being workshopped by supportive peers and enthusiastic staff.

There will be multiple opportunities for publication during your studies. You will be mentored by a team of published authors, editors and researchers who bring real-world industry experience to the classroom.

Previous USC graduates have achieved publishing success and are now recognised as award-winning Australian authors.

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The Creative Writing and Publishing Major can be selected in the   Bachelor of Creative Industries , Bachelor of Communication , Bachelor of Design , Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Creative Industries , Bachelor of Arts , and select double degrees that include the Bachelor of Arts.

The Creative Writing and Publishing Minor can be selected in the Bachelor of Creative Industries , Bachelor of Communication , Bachelor of Design , Bachelor of Arts , and any double degree that includes the Bachelor of Arts.

For a major in Creative Writing and Publishing, students must successfully complete 8 courses:

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the Ph.D. in CREATIVE WRITING & LITERATURE PROGRAM is one of the few dual Ph.D. programs in the country that weaves the disciplines of literature and creative work into a single educational experience. Students complete coursework in both creative writing and literature. The dissertation project is comprised of creative and critical manuscripts, both of which are essential for completion of the degree.

USC CREATIVE WRITING FACULTY include recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim Fellowships, the National Book Award, National Endowment for the Arts grants, Pushcart Prizes and other prestigious recognitions for their exemplary writing and dedication to their creative and scholarly work. As professors, the faculty are committed to developing innovative seminars and guiding students in the cultivation of their abilities as writers and scholars. Each incoming student is assigned a faculty mentor, with whom the student will work closely during their years at USC. While Creative Writing faculty teach critical courses from time to time, most of these literature and theory-based seminars are led by the faculty in the Department of English, all of whom are impressively accomplished scholars who are devoted to the scholarly growth of their graduate students.

Our program prizes INTERDISCIPLINARY SCHOLARSHIP, so students are encouraged to cultivate their diverse interests with courses outside of the English Department. Many students choose to pursue a complimentary graduate certificate concurrent with the Ph.D. degree. The Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences offers graduate certificate programs in Gender Studies, Visual Studies, East Asian Studies and Visual Anthropology, among others.

IN ADDITION TO COURSEWORK, students have the opportunity to participate in Ph.D. student-run projects such as The Loudest Voice, a reading series, and Gold Line Press , a publisher of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry chapbooks.

Though known for its competitive sports teams, USC also organizes an array of stimulating events throughout the year, including the English Department’s Boudreaux Visiting Writers Series and Frank N. Magill Poetry Series, as well as the University-wide Visions & Voices series, which features diverse and dynamic performances, lectures, and discussions that extend the arts and humanities beyond the classroom.

USC also hosts the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books — one of the largest literary events in the nation. USC itself is located in the heart of beautiful Los Angeles, an international city with a vibrant arts scene, just miles from the beach or hiking trails; students will never be at a loss for something to do.

ADMISSION is extremely competitive: the program accepts 2 or 3 writers per genre every year from hundreds of applicants. All incoming students receive five years of guaranteed funding — three years of fellowship and two of teaching assistantship. Fellowship years are granted during the first, second, and fourth years of study. Funding packages also cover full tuition remission and health insurance.

OUR STUDENTS and ALUMNI have published book-length works and collections with Alice James Books, Anhinga Press, Black Lawrence Press, Copper Canyon Press, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Hogarth, Northwestern University Press, Other Press, Penguin, Red Hen Press, Saturnalia, Siglio Press, Slope Editions, Tebot Bach, Ugly Duckling Presse, University of Iowa Press, and White Pine Press, among others. Their books, poems, stories, and essays have garnered an impressive array of accolades.

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Students pursuing the BFA in Writing, with a track in either Professional Writing or Creative Writing, will maintain a tight focus on learning to write effectively in a number of genres. This tighter focus will help our graduating BFA students gain employment in the business world (professional writing focus) and/or earn scholarships/fellowships/assistantships in graduate school (creative writing focus). Year in and year out, employers list their top two criteria for new hires as writing ability and the ability to think critically. Our new program is set up to directly target those two desired areas. USC Aiken is the only state institution to offer such a program in South Carolina. 

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  • Tighter focus in professional writing = more opportunities for employment in the business world
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  • Top two criteria for new hires = writing ability and ability to think critically
  • Get a competitive edge for opening positions at firms including AT&T, SRS, Bridgestone, Club Car, GlaxoSmithKline, Kimberly-Clark, SCANA, UPS, Zeus, International Paper, ADP (and these are just a few)
  • BFA graduates will be stronger candidates for law school, M.B.A. programs, M.F.A. programs in or out of state 

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