MFA; WGA member who served as a writer and supervising producer for Women’s Murder Club (ABC) and House, M.D. (FOX). Mr. Witten was a writer for CSI: Miami, Judging Amy, Law and Order and Homicide: Life on the Street. Author of the Jacob Burns series of mystery novels (Signet), he most recently produced and adapted his stage play Drones into a feature film. He is also a contributing author to Inside the Room (Gotham Books/Penguin).
On many TV shows, there is a “writers’ room” where the writing staff gets together to brainstorm ideas for episodes and work out plots and characters. When the writers’ room is working well, it’s a lot of fun and creatively invigorating. I like my classes to be like that, with a lot of brainstorming and discussions. The classroom environment is both supportive and rigorous. And entertaining. I am a firm believer in the paramount importance of story. Once you have a good story, the dialogue comes much more naturally. With an exciting story, even pedestrian dialogue can sound incredibly inspired.
Our Students Say it Best!
“Matt constantly pushed me to write better and better, and I understood everything. He was very motivating and positive, yet not afraid to criticize and bring out my best. He is an excellent teacher.” —Writers’ Program student