Creative Writing Past Faculty

Lawrence Konner

Lawrence Konner headshot

Photo courtesy of Lawrence Konner


Lawrence Konner has had a long and distinguished career as a screen and television writer. He has written over twenty-five mainstream feature films including, Jewel of the Nile, The Legend of Billie Jean, Flicka, Mighty Joe Young, Planet of the Apes, Mona Lisa Smile, Star Trek 6 and many others. His writing for television spans decades and includes the shows: Family, Little House on the Prairie, The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire.

He has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards for writing and producing.

For over twenty years Konner has been teaching the craft of writing for films and television. He has taught at the UCLA, Vassar and for many years was a Creative Advisor at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab as well as a member of the Selection Committee for the Lab.

In 1995, Konner produced and directed a documentary, “One Thing I Know,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, screened at the Cannes Film Festival, and won the Special Jury Prize at the U.S.A. Film Festival. His 2004 Documentary, Persons of Interest, premiered in competition at Sundance and won the Amnesty International Humanitarian Award.

Konner was for many years a member of the Board of Directors of The Writers Guild of America and a former Creative Director at the Sundance Institute. He is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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