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Dr. Leslie Kreiner Wilson -- or Dr. K -- teaches creative writing, literature, and film studies at Pepperdine University’s Seaver College where she also directs the MFA Program in Writing for Screen and Television; co-directed the Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture; as well as produces a documentary web series on the art of screenwriting.

Published in such journals as Literature/Film Quarterly, the Quarterly Review of Film and Video, the Journal of Screenwriting, the Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance, The Popular Culture Studies Journal, and the Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television, her research examines the life and work of early Hollywood women screenwriters, including Frances Marion, Mae West, and Anita Loos. She currently has a book contract with the SUNY Press Horizons in Cinema series and is writing Women and Screenwriting, 1896-1961.

A produced screenwriter herself, she co-founded AMI Films, a producer of many award-winning media projects. The shows from their edit bays have earned such honors as film festival prizes, the Aurora, top Billboard rankings, and the Lumieres Award. They have been theatrically released as well as broadcast on such diverse networks/platforms as European television, Netflix, PBS, and AXS. Her consulting work has ranged from mentoring student MFA projects to collaboration with well known Hollywood directors such as Garry Marshall.

Dr. K has served as a judge for the University Film and Video Association documentary competition, the Social Impact Media Awards, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences college television and internship competitions, as well as our own Prize Americana for poetry and prose. Other judges for the prize include our Board of Directors for Americana and our Advisory Board for Review Americana.

A fiction writer with many one act plays produced at Pepperdine showcases, her love of the written word extends into her service as Editor-in-Chief and Executive Director of Americana at

Dr. K is a tenured Associate Professor as well as a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, the University Film and Video Association, and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in American Literature and Film Studies from Claremont Graduate University.




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