Peter Farrelly, the Senior Program Advisor at MUM's MFA in Screenwriting, helps students aquire the knowledge they need to become professional screenwriters.
by Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, USA, The Review
4 February 2017
Four applicants to the new MFA in screenwriting program at Maharishi University of Management have been selected as winners of the Peter Farrelly "Excellence in Screenwriting Award," based on creative portfolios they submitted.
The four winners, Marcia Buhler, Michael Jackson, Nicole Himmel, and Josh Lee, were chosen from a large group of candidates by acclaimed screenwriter/director/producer Peter Farrelly, known for Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, and Shallow Hal, among other hit films.
Chosen for their outstanding screenwriting skills, each will each receive a $2,500 award to be presented by Mr. Farrelly in February during a 10-day residency to be held on campus.
This residency is the first of five writing retreats the 20 students will attend as a part of the low-residency David Lynch MFA in Screenwriting program. Over the next two years, these graduate students will return at the beginning of each semester, while the rest of their instruction will take place online under the guidance of a mentor.
According to screenwriting program director Dorothy Rompalske, students will be traveling to Fairfield to attend this intensive residency as a way to dive deep into their craft while interacting with fellow students and attending lectures, panel discussions, master classes, staged readings, and workshops led by a combination of university faculty members and internationally recognized entertainment industry leaders.
Students will also meet program founder David Lynch and other industry notables during a fifth and final residency in Los Angeles, during which they will hone the skills they need to market their thesis screenplays to agents, producers, and studio executives.
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