Writing for the Screen and Stage Minor

Celebrated our 10th Anniversary in the fall of 2013!

We are living in a world in which dramatic content has an increasing effect on our lives.  The minor in Writing for the Screen and Stage is an interdisciplinary program, created in 2003 to draw upon the faculties and resources of the Department of Communication Studies, the Department of Dramatic Art and the Creative Writing Program of the Department of English and Comparative Literature.  It offers undergraduate students from the Arts and Sciences the unique opportunity to focus specifically on the craft of dramatic writing and is designed for those considering writing careers in theatre, film, television or the web.


The MINOR is open to freshman and sophomore students.  Those interested in the program must have a 2.4 GPA or better, and have taken either English 130 (Introduction to Fiction Writing), English 132H (First-Years Honors: Introduction to Fiction Writing), Communication Studies 330 (Introduction to Writing for Film and Television) or Drama 231 (Playwriting I).

ENGL 130 is open to any student at the University.  ENLG 132H is restricted to honor students.  COMM 330 gives preference to COMM majors, so instructor permission may be required to enroll.  DRAM 231 requires permission from the department.

In certain instances the pre-requisite may be waived upon approval of program’s director.


The submission package must include:

1) A cover letter expressing your interest in the program and containing….

  • Student’s name
  • PID #
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Major/Minor
  • Intended year of graduation
  • Prerequisite status

2) A letter of recommendation from the student’s writing instructor (sent separately via email).

3) One writing sample chosen from the following list….

  • A short story
  • The first chapter of a novel
  • A short screenplay
  • The first 25 pages of a feature-length film script
  • A one-act play
  • The first 25 pages of a full-length play
  • The first 25 pages of an original television pilot (one hour drama)

Please email the above material to Professor Dana Coen (rcoen@unc.edu) between February 2nd and midnight, March 2nd, 2015.

Applicants will be notified by March 23, 2015.


Fall Semester of JUNIOR (or SOPHOMORE) Year

COMM 131/DRAM 131: Introduction to Writing for the Screen and Stage
DRAM 120: Play Analysis

Spring Semester of JUNIOR (or SOPHOMORE) Year

COMM 430: History of American Screenwriting
COMM 433: Intermediate Screenwriting

Fall Semester of SENIOR (or JUNIOR) Year

COMM 537: Master Screenwriting

The following courses are recommended but are not required to complete the minor

COMM 334: Writing the One-Hour TV Drama

COMM 335: Film Story Analysis

COMM 535: Introduction to Film Adaptation

DRAM 135: Acting for Non Majors

DRAM 331: Playwriting II


For additional information, please contact Professor Dana Coen at rcoen@unc.edu.



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