UC Riverside MFA Student Named Finalist for Prestigious Writing Award

UCR’s Sean Dennison is one of five finalists for the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Sean Dennison, a graduate student in the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts program at the University of California, Riverside, has been named a finalist for the 2015 Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards.

Sean Dennison

Sean Dennison

“When I submitted my script to the Goldwyn Awards at the end of last quarter, I did not at all expect to be among the finalists. 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,” Dennison said.

For many years, the vast majority of Goldwyn finalists have been and continue to be UCLA writing students, according to Stu Krieger, professor in the Department of Theatre, Film and Digital production.

“The incredible thing about Sean’s well-deserved award is that he becomes the third UCR student since 2007 to be a finalist. This is a terrific testament to the growth and strength of the UCR Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production’s screen and television writing program,” Krieger explained.

Dennison was nominated for the award for his script “Panacea,” a piece he wrote for Krieger’s television-writing class. “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. ‘Panacea’ takes place in a dark, dystopian future that feels wholly original and compelling,” Krieger said.

The awards were started by Samuel Goldwyn in 1955 to encourage young stage, film, and television writers. Although limited to UC students, it is considered one of the most prestigious competitions in the industry, said Krieger. Prior winners include Francis Ford Coppola, Eric Roth, and Jonathan Kellerman.

This year’s judges are NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, writer-director-producer Richard LaGravenese, and writer-producer Shonda Rhimes.

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.

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