Leaving L.A.

Way back when I first decided to pursue a career in film, I knew I wasn’t the type who could drive L.A. with everything I owned piled into my car and simply put up a sign that said “Screenwriter.”  I happen to know several people who went that route and have done well for themselves, but I needed the training, structure, network, and honestly, the nursery, that film school would provide.  I also knew that I wanted to teach, and figured an MFA degree from USC might someday set me up for that. I had no idea I’d eventually end up teaching there myself. It was a dream come true.

As an adjunct at USC for the past six years, I cherished the opportunity to work with the best, most talented aspiring writers any professor could ever hope to have. My time there, becoming deeply involved in the MFA screenwriting program, teaching core-curriculum classes, developing new classes, and serving on admission, curriculum and thesis committees was tremendously rewarding and instrumental to my decision to pursue a long-term career in academia.

We have a young family, and a strong desire for more space and a new environment, so I decided to apply for full-time, tenure track jobs across the country.  After trips and interviews to several schools, I am thrilled to announce that I have accepted a position to teach at the State University of New York at Oswego.  Oswego boasts a large and well-established Creative Writing Program, and an exploding Cinema and Screen Studies major.  This position provides a tremendous opportunity to make an impact and be part of building something.

I am, of course, sad to leave what I believe to be the best film school in the world, and all of the amazing people there who have made a tremendous impact on my life.  USC is my home, the launching point for two careers I never dreamed were possible, and I’ll be forever grateful.  We leave behind our family, as well.  In a place like L.A., where nearly everyone is a transplant, your friends become family, and we have been fortunate to have a tight, strong tribe who supported us through good and bad.  It is because of this family, my strong professional network, and my excellent representation that I know I can make this move and thrive.

Stay tuned… we’re off to Syracuse!!!


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