Walnut Hill School for the Arts


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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.

Courses in Writing, Film & Media Arts

Film Production

Modern Media

Darkroom Photography







The Song Lyric

Digital Photography

Open Studio

Senior Studio

Student Work


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

2017/2018 ISSUE


2019 WFMA Script to Screen


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

"Ninth Life in Motion"

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

Points of Pride


Some of the programs where our students have gone on to study include:

Bard College - Boston University - Brown University - Colorado College - Columbia College Chicago - Columbia University - Cornell University - Emerson College - Fordham University - Hampshire College - Harvard University - Lesley University - The New School For Liberal Arts - New York University - Princeton University - School of Visual Arts - Skidmore College - Spelman College - St. John’s College - Swarthmore College - University of Southern California Cinematic Arts - University of Texas at Austin - Wellesley College


Awards & Honors

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

Writing, Film & Media Arts Faculty

Margaret Funkhouser

Margaret Funkhouser

Titles: Director of Writing, Film & Media Arts, New Cottage Dorm Head
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

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