The renowned creative writing program in the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of English has a reputation for nurturing some of the top writers from diverse backgrounds, voices and interests. Faculty include widely recognized, award-winning writers, and many M.F.A. alumni have gone onto successful writing careers. Works by both faculty and alumni of the creative writing program are regularly featured in top-tier publications including The New York Times and The New Yorker, and have also inspired many feature-length movies. Discover the latest books that have been optioned for film along with a list of notable media coverage. Streaming to a Screen Near You Faculty Mona Awad , assistant professor of English and bestselling author of “Bunny” (which was recently optioned for film ), “13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl” and “All's Well,” has one more story set to hit the big screen. “Rouge , ” Awad's latest novel to be published by Simon and Schuster/Marysue Rucci Books in September, tells a dark and gothic fairy tale of a lonely dress shop clerk whose mother's unexpected death sends her down a treacherous path in pursuit of youth and beauty. Production companies Fremantle and Sinestra have teamed up and optioned “Rouge” for film. A release date has not yet been determined. George Saunders G'88, award-winning writer, New York Times bestselling author and professor in the English department, has had two short stories optioned for film. “ Spiderhead ,” a Netflix production released in 2022 starring Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller, is inspired by Saunders' short story “ Escape from Spiderhead .” First published in The New Yorker in 2010, “Escape from Spiderhead” is the story of an inmate in a non-traditional prison that also doubles as an experimental facility for a pharmaceutical company. “ The Semplica Girl Diaries ,” another short story by Saunders, has been optioned for film with production slated to begin later this year. Originally published in The New Yorker, “The Semplica Girl Diaries” depicts a family's struggles through the lens of the anonymous narrator in the form of diary entries. BAFTA winner director Richard […]
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