M.F.A. Student Named Finalist for 2015 Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards

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ExampleSean Dennison, a graduate student in the UCR Department of Theatre, Film, and Television’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts program, was recently named a finalist for the 2015 Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards.

One of the most prestigious writing competitions in the industry, the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards recognize some of the most talented student writers in the University of California System. Beginning in 1955, the contest has seen involvement from notable figures across the film and television industry. Past winners include Francis Ford Coppola, Eric Roth, Carroll Higgins and Carolyn See. This year’s judging panel features NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, writer-director-producer Richard LaGravenese and writer-producer Shonda Rhimes.

Sean has an incredibly clear vision of the worlds he creates. He is a writer who works in a number of genres and each time out his words paint vivid pictures that draw readers into these very specific and well-defined places.Stu Krieger, Professor
Panacea, a dystopian sci-fi story, was originally developed in CWPA 267 Writing for Television: Creating the One Hour Drama, a course led by Professor Stuart (Stu) Krieger. On Dennison and his successful script, Krieger said, “Sean has an incredibly clear vision of the worlds he creates. He is a writer who works in a number of genres and each time out his words paint vivid pictures that draw readers into these very specific and well-defined places.”

With a long tradition of finalists from UCLA, the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards sees its third finalist from UCR since 2007, with Dennison. On being selected as a finalist, Dennison stated, “I’m incredibly excited and honored to have received this award, especially for a script that I developed into a final draft here at UCR.”

The $15,000 first prize, $7,500 second prize, $4,000 third prize and $2,000 and $1,000 honorable mentions will be awarded Nov. 2 at UCLA.

This story was originally published by UCR Today.

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