University of Richmond will launch a new film studies major when spring semester classes begin in January, supported by the donation of 300 screenplays by leading American and foreign writers from the last three decades.

The screenplays, many of them first or second revisions including directors’ notes and changes, were donated by the Virginia Screenwriters’ Forum and will be housed at Boatwright Memorial Library on campus. They will be available through the library’s catalog.

The donation was arranged by Helene Wagner, founder of the forum, along with Paul Porterfield, head of the university’s Media Resource Center, and Richmond English professor Abigail Cheever. Wagner will teach film writing classes as part of the new film studies program.

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