Shawn Harwell

Alumnus Shawn Harwell teaches undergraduate screenwriting in the School of Filmmaking. He is a working professional screenwriter whose credits include three seasons of “Red Oaks” on Amazon Prime; the feature film “The Campaign,” starring Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakas; Brisk Iced Tea commercial with Eminem for Super Bowl XLV; and two seasons of HBO’s “Eastbound and Down.”

He was a Top 10 finalist among more than 2,000 entries in the second annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest, judged by filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. Harwell was a graduate teaching assistant at Miami University of Ohio, where he received his M.A. in creative writing. 


  • Guest lecturer at UNCSA, Drexel University and Glendale Community College
  • Juror and Panelist at the 2019 Nashville Film Festival


M.A. Creative WritingMiami University

B.F.A. FilmmakingUNCSA