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“Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.”

- Stephen King


I'm Makena Metz

I am an LA native, a writer for the page, screen, and stage, and I believe that writing is magic.


I'm have an MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English from Chapman University's dual degree program and am a proud member of DGA, ASCAP, SCBWI, WIA, CMA, and the SCL.

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Makena Metz is a writer specializing in fantasy, science fiction, and magical realism. She writes novels, poetry, plays, musicals, and scripts and songs for TV and film.

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Take a look at published, written work, my works in progress, and upcoming ideas!

About Me.

I believe that writing is magic. I’m neurodivergent, and disabled - chronically, dynamically, and invisibly ill. I’m also a cancer survivor, invisibly bionic, an LA native, an Aquarious, and an INFJ extroverted introvert!


In my body of work, I love writing about misfits, weirdos, and nerds. My writing tends to lean towards science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism because I love how you can use speculative fiction tackle the issues of today.


As an artist, I use my voice to tell stories about the issues of today through a theatrical or fantastical lens. In our ever transforming world, we must write the stories of today, to create audiences who foster empathy and are called to action – not only thinkers, but doers.




MFA in Creative Writing 

MA in English

Chapman University 

I attended Chapman University's Dual Degree Program - MFA Creative Writing &  MA English. I maintained a 4.0 GPA while working as a Graduate Student Instructor, an assistant to the MFA program, and a Writing Center Tutor. I wrote and defended two thesis projects, and I won the 2023 James L. Doti Outstanding Graduate Student Award. I learned from notable teachers such as James Blaylock, Anna Leahy, and Mildred Lewis. 


BFA in Theatre Direction

Minor in Playwriting
Columbia College Chicago

I attended Columbia College Chicago's BFA in Theatre Direction Program and Minored in Playwriting. I maintained a 3.5 GPA while directing a show a year and assisting in other forms (stage management, dramaturgy, etc.) on other productions. I rehearsed and saw my thesis project performed. I learned from working industry professionals in the Chicago theatre scene, such as Mickle Maher, Tom Mula, and Andi Dymond.

Additional Classes through: The Dramatists Guild Institute, New Musicals Inc., The Musical Writers Institute, ESPA Primary Stages, Chicago Dramatists, and The Second City

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