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Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Writing, Film & Media Arts (WFMA)

An Overview

Writing, Film & Media Arts is home to storytelling on the page, the stage, and the screen. We believe that process is equal to product and that a multi-disciplinary arts experience prepares students to be versatile creators. Our program offers a possibility-rich environment where students can develop an original voice and vision. Through studio courses, practicums, and master classes with notable guest artists, students invest in the process of creating dynamic stories with words and images. In all areas of study, supportive faculty help students cultivate the skills and habits necessary to approach their college pursuits with a creative and technical edge.

Student Work

"Ninth Life in Motion"

A Lyric Film created by Chili Shi '18 for Directed Study in Writing & Film, 2018

"Frank"

An Animated Short created by Ahmari Ly-Johnson '18 for Directed Study in Writing & Film, Fall 2017

BLACK ON WHITE 2021

An annual Spring event featuring readings and film screenings by students.

 

THE BLUE PENCIL

 

 

The Blue Pencil is a publication edited and produced by students in the Writing, Film & Media Arts Department.

Where can a Walnut Hill education take you?

During their time as students at Walnut Hill, creative writers and filmmakers have received awards and recognition for their work from an impressive roster of organizations and competitions, including:

All American High School Film Festival - Foyle Young Poets of the Year - Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize - Juniper Institute for Young Writers - Louise Louis/Emily F. Bourne Student Award from the Poetry Society of America - Kansas City FilmFest - Nashville Film Festival - National YoungArts Foundation - New England Young Writers Conference at Breadloaf - New Jersey International Film Festival - Philips Academy Interscholastic Film Festival - Princeton Creative Arts and Humanities Symposium - Salem Film Festival - Five-Minute High School Student Documentary Contest - Scholastic Writing Awards - Smith College Poetry Prize - United States Presidential Scholars Program - Williston Film Festival - YoungFilmmakers New York

Meet the Faculty

Margaret Funkhouser

Margaret Funkhouser

Titles: Director of Writing, Film & Media Arts
Katherine McVety

Katherine McVety

Titles: Visual Art Faculty, Writing, Film & Media Arts Faculty
Ronan Noone

Ronan Noone

Titles: Writing, Film & Media Arts Faculty
Matthew Seifert

Matthew Seifert

Titles: Writing, Film & Media Arts Faculty

Steps to Apply