Instructor, Creative Writing
Brian McAuley is a WGA writer of film and television who teaches Writing for the Screen. He wrote and produced the feature film Dismissed, which is currently streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime. Five other films that he wrote have premiered on the Lifetime Network. He sold his original television drama series Affliction to Syfy Network and wrote for the Netflix comedy series Fuller House. His debut novel Curse of the Reaper will be published in 2022. Brian earned his MFA in Film from Columbia University after receiving his BA in Creative Writing and Screenwriting from NYU’s Gallatin School. He previously taught at Columbia University and Loyola Marymount University. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow at UCLA’s Center for Scholars and Storytellers, an organization dedicated to bridging the gap between social science research and media creation to promote positive youth development.
First and foremost, I encourage you to write from a place of love and enthusiasm for whatever stories inspire you as a viewer. As Jordan Peele phrased it: “Write your favorite movie that you haven’t seen.” On top of that sheer passion, writing for film and television requires an analytical mindset and a practiced craftsmanship. My courses instill a range of effective tools and methods for constructing the dramatic foundations of a screen-worthy story with a focus on empathic emotional engagement. Drawing on years of collaborating, pitching, and selling in an ever-evolving industry, my goal is to impart both the creative and the practical wisdom that will help you seamlessly transition from the classroom into the professional world.