Dr. Leslie Kreiner Wilson teaches poetry, fiction, screenwriting, 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, and the Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance, her research examines the life and work of early Hollywood women screenwriters, including Frances Marion, Mae West, and Anita Loos.
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 Silver Telly, top Billboard rankings, and the Lumieres Award. Her consulting work has ranged from mentoring student MFA projects to collaboration with well known Hollywood directors such as Garry Marshall.
Dr. Wilson 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.
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 -- a publisher of poetry, fiction, scripts, and American Studies scholarship through Press Americana, Review Americana, and Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, 1900 to present.
Dr. Wilson 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.