Loyola Marymount U.
Los Angeles, Ca
In his first semester at LMU, Clawson, who serves as clinical assistant professor of screenwriting at the university’s School of Film and Television, had a teaching experience that he says “hooked me for good” as an educator. The novelist and screenwriter was working with a student whose script was strong in structure, but lacked character and execution. After a long notes discussion, he found that her piece had been transformed to such an extent than an unexpected plot twist brought him to tears. “Pride is not a word I’ve ever felt comfortable using in relation to my own work, but to hers, it’s simply what I felt,” he says.