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Karol Hoeffner - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Karol Hoeffner Karol Hoeffner

Assistant Professor of Screenwriting | Loyola Marymount University


School of Film & Television (SFTV)



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Karol has written original made-for-television movies and miniseries for ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as penned novel adaptations for television, including several Danielle Steel movies. Karol has also worked in the feature film market, where she’s sold original feature spec screenplays to studios such as Tri-Star, Paramount and Disney. Her credits include the Mary Kate and Ashley movie "Winning London", among others. In 2006, she completed her first young adult novel, "All You’ve Got", which is based on the screenplay for the MTV premiere movie. She recently completed a screenplay "Busy Woman Seeks Wife", based on a novel she optioned. Karol is currently finishing her third young adult novel, "Knee Deep".

Karol consults on the Television Credits Committee for the Writer’s Guild of America West. She’s a member of the Writer’s Guild of America West and the Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators. She is the recipient of the Danny Arnold National Scholarship Award for Screenwriting and was a Sundance Screenwriting Lab Finalist.

Education (3)

The University of Texas at Austin: Ph.D, Film Theory and Screenwriting

University of North Texas: M.F.A., Education with a Mass Media Specialization

Southern Methodist University: B.F.A., Journalism and English


Areas of Expertise (9)

Feature Film Screenwriting Long-Form Television Adaptation Creative Writing Higher Education Editing Teaching Film Production Screenwriting

Industry Expertise (3)

Education/Learning Motion Pictures and Film Writing and Editing

Accomplishments (1)

Danny Arnold National Scholarship Award

Awarded for Screenwriting

Affiliations (2)

  • Writer's Guild of America West Member of the Television Credits Arbitration Committee
  • Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators

Media Appearances (2)

Film students Skype with Sleepy Hollow writers as part of SFTV networking event

The Los Angeles Loyolan  


“This was a whole new system – to figure out how to hook up the Skype. It’s amazing that we made it happen,” said screenwriting professor Karol Hoeffner, who coordinated the event.

Hoeffner was able to organize the event because of her close ties with Blake and Orci, who have been heavily involved in SFTV programming and student mentorship programs for the past three years...

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'Unfilmable' novels? No such thing, says Hollywood



The key is that everybody has to be on the same page (pardon the pun), says screenwriter Karol Hoeffner, who's adapted works by authors such as Danielle Steel.

"For the best adaptations, you have a partnership," says Hoeffner, who teaches at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Moviemaking is a team effort, and if the screenwriter, director and producer are at loggerheads, the final product will suffer, she says...

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