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Literary Media & Communications

What we are looking for

We are looking for students who are intelligent, respectful, and humble, first and foremost.  The prospective student should be confident about their voice and have an awareness of the necessity of effective communication.  The student must read constantly and have an awareness of current events.  Prospective students must engage with technology and have an awareness of technology and New Media as a viable means of communication.  Finally, prospective students must be able to question.

What to bring/how to prepare

There are 3 stages to the LMC audition – submission of written materials, audition interview, and if selected to continue, participation in an LMC workshop.

Part 1: LMC auditions begin with a review of the student’s written materials. No later than 11:59pm on February 1, 2019, students must email the following three portfolio items to

  • A personal essay of at least 350 words that states your personal goals as an artist, and
  • Two other forms of narrative (poem, short story, fiction, non-fiction, play, etc.). These samples should be in 2 different narrative forms – for example a poem and an essay, a short story and a poem, a play and a short story, etc. This allows us to better see your range.

When you email your portfolio items, please state “LMC audition portfolio” in the subject line, and in the email itself be sure to include your name, current school, and current grade.

Part 2: Before the audition interview, students must procure a copy of James Baldwin’s short story, “Sonny’s Blues”, read it, and be prepared to discuss in the audition.  (“Sonny’s Blues” can generally be found online.)

When you come for the audition interview, you should also bring:

  • In addition to the three letters of recommendation that are in your MySchoolDC application, IF you have a letter from the following, feel free to submit that as well:
    • One letter from someone who has read/viewed and critiqued your work (in any of the above genre or forms).
  • Any other strong, recent writing samples in your portfolio, and
  • A printed or electronic sampling of any new media communications you may have completed or are working on, such as (but not limited to):
    • A blog,
    • A podcast,
    • A website,
    • Any film, documentary, short footage they have worked on
    • Digital or traditional photography.

The audition process itself

The Literary Media and Communications audition has 3 phases:

  • For the first phase, you must submit your audition portfolio/writing samples electronically by the deadline.
  • Participate in an audition interview. The interview consists of a conversation with faculty about the work you have submitted as well as about the reading assignment. The audition interview will also include a writing component.
  • For the final phase, if selected to continue you will take part in a special LMC workshop, where you will have writing and group review exercises. For those selected, participation the audition classwork is mandatory for continued consideration as an LMC candidate.

 Have a successful audition

  • Review/edit the portfolio items you will submit so we are seeing your best work.
  • READ. Great writers are constantly reading.
  • Be prepared to discuss your work, as well as “Sonny’s Blues”.
  • Be prepared to discuss where you want to go, what you hope to accomplish.
  • Engage – be an active participant in the audition class exercises.
  • Present yourself well – arrive promptly, dress neatly, speak clearly and confidently.


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