Joe Schuster | Webster University

Joe Schuster

Joe SchusterPosition

Professor Emeritus, Scriptwriting


Communications and Journalism

Home Campus

St. Louis (Webster Groves)

Courses Taught

MEDC 1050 Introduction to Media Writing
SCPT 3110 Script Analysis
SCPT 3500 Writing Screenplays for Film
FRSH 1200 First Year Seminar


MFA in Creative Writing, Warren Wilson College; BS in Communications, Northwestern University

Teaching Philosophy

"In my courses, we focus on the process of writing since the only way to become a better writer is to write ... and rewrite. Yes, my students and I deal with theory: what makes a good feature article, what makes a good film script? We analyze successful pieces of work, talking about the problems the writer faced and his or her strategies for resolving those creative problems. With that as a foundation, then, we move as quickly as possible to focusing on the students' own work, spending a good number of classroom sessions in a workshop, reading over the students' work, discussing what succeeds and also what doesn't, and then - mindful of the students' intent for the particular piece - offering suggestions to help the student achieve, as much as possible, his or her ambition."


Joe Schuster was a valued member of the faculty of the School of Communications and Webster University since 1985. In 2008, he received the prestigious William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching. From 1999 to 2013, he served as chair of the department of Communications and Journalism.

He is the author of a novel, The Might Have Been, which earned praise from The New York TimesPublishers WeeklyKirkus
, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other periodicals. The book was a finalist for the 2012 CASEY Award for the Best Baseball Book of the Year and made the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's "50 Favorite Books of 2012."

He has also published a short nonfiction book about baseball, One Season in the Sun, and roughly 600 articles, essays and reviews in national, regional and local magazines and newspapers, including Sport magazine, USA Today, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Magazine, Game Day magazine, Mary Engelbreit Home Companion and The Riverfront Times, among others. In 2013, he contributed chapters to several books that are part of the Society of American Baseball Research's ambitious biography project and was one of a handful of writers who assembled a comprehensive chronology of the career of baseball icon Stan Musial for the St. Louis Cardinals' official yearbook. His fiction has appeared in Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Missouri Review and New Virginia Review, and other journals.

Twice his work was recognized among the "Distinguished Stories" cited in Best American Short Stories. He is married and the very proud father of five children.

Joe Schuster in his officeMedia 

Braddock Avenue Books
"The Temptation of Regret": An Interview With Joe Schuster

St. Louis Riverfront Times
With The Might Have Been Rookie Novelist and Webster U Professor Hits One Out of the Park at Age 59

School of Communications Webpage
Schuster Retires After 32 Years
Faculty and Staff Successes

Webster Today
In the News: Joe Schuster's Novel
Joe Schuster Book Signing April 5
Faculty 'History' Notes: Joe Schuster on Baseball
Schuster's Top 50 Novel
Schuster's Novel
Schuster on HEC TV
Joe Schuster's Book
Book in the News: Joe Schuster on KTRS
In the News: Joe Schuster's Novel Profile
Schuster on the Cards
November 2010 Campus Kudos

The Journal
Joe Schuster Has Baseball Novel Published After Spending 10 Years Writing First Book

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updated 7/2018