The Life and Times of Michael Scotto

Michael Scotto has worn many professional hats. He has worked as a freelance filmmaker and videographer, a saxophonist-for-hire, and even as an engineer’s assistant, but his true passion has always been for writing. Born in 1983, he began writing at the age of 4, when he attempted to create a sequel to the classic picture book, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. (He did not yet know much about copyright law.)

Mr. Scotto pursued writing throughout his youth, eventually enrolling in the Creative Writing program at Carnegie Mellon University at the age of 17. He spent the next seven years at CMU, finishing with a BA in Creative Writing and English, an MA in English/Literary & Cultural Studies, and also an MFA in Dramatic Writing from its esteemed School of Drama. While at Carnegie Mellon, he also ran its student filmmaking club from 2002-2005, producing and managing productions for digital media, 8mm, 16mm, and 35mm film. During his tenure he also directed seven shorts and one feature, When Tyrants Kiss, which screened in Pittsburgh’s 23rd annual Three Rivers Film Festival. The success of this film project inspired the creation of a course at Carnegie Mellon, “So You Want To Make A Movie,” which continues to be a yearly offering.

Mr. Scotto’s play, Three Ways to Tie a Noose, received a workshop production at CMU’s 2007 New Works Festival. Also that year, his screenplay The Mortal Coil won a $25,000 prize from the Alfred P. Sloan foundation.

While completing his MFA, Mr. Scotto began working in the e-learning world, as a staff writer for an education company. Since 2007, he has worked full time as a writer for children. He is the author of a series of children’s books, known in the e-learning world as the Little Lincoln Reading Series, and published for retail as Tales of Midlandia. His three novels for children have been positively reviewed by Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Midwest Book Review, as well as in several syndicated newspaper columns.

In 2011, Mr. Scotto was selected by PITTSBURGH Magazine and PUMP to be one of the ‘Pittsburgh 40 Under 40,’ a group of forty people under the age of 40 who are helping to shape the Pittsburgh region. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and photography. He happily calls Pittsburgh, PA his home, where he lives in the city with his lovely wife and their crafty dog.

To learn about Michael’s recent and future public appearances, click on over to his ‘Events’ page.


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