The Los Angeles Times reports the University of Southern California (USC) will get rid of its masters of public writing (MPW) program -- a program that allows students to focus on one or multiple forms of writing, including screenwriting, poetry, fiction, etc. -- by 2016.

Dean Steve Kay of USC's Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences reportedly said in an email the decision to close the program was basically a "business" decision.

Now, students and alumni are hoping to prevent the MPW program from closing. They wish to speak with Dean Kay and convince him to keep the program open.

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