A Student-Run Website for the UCLA MFA Screenwriting Program
Inside you'll find helpful, friendly tips to get you acquainted with everything Ursa Scriptor
Did you get in? Congratulations!
Many questions may be bouncing around in that noggin of yours:
How exactly do I pay for this? (loans, etc.) When can I enroll in classes? (first week of school) Where should I live? (Lots of good options) Will everyone else be better than me? (no, but some will be) Am I screwed if I haven’t written screenplays before? (no) How will I juggle my classes with family and work? (you’ll be fine)
A great thing about the UCLA screenwriting program is the collegiality among the students and faculty. People here like and help each other. So if there’s any question that the pages below don’t cover, or you’re a talker not a reader, or you’re just freaking out and need a beer, damn it, do not hesitate to reach out to your mentors or anyone else. Whatever you’re dealing with, someone else has already dealt with the same issue, and is looking for an excuse to drink.
In the next year you will go through every step of the hero’s journey. Before you know it, the year will be over and you'll be looking at your name and log lines printed in the Showcase program, feeling a mixture of relief and pride.
Savor every bit that you can. Especially the hard stuff. It’s all going to make you a better writer.
Congratulations again, and welcome. Now it’s time to get down to business.