Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Mini Alumni Meetup

Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Mini Alumni Meetup

Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Mini Alumni Meetup

I had such a fun catch up lunch with 2017 Stephens MFA alums and Val yesterday at, of all places, IKEA because alum Amy Banks was in town to attend an all day workshop at the Disney Studios for writers with First Nation backgrounds (in their continued work to provide diversity on their channel).

Amy set it up with me and fellow mentor, Val Woods. Then alums Julie Berkobien and Lauren Smith were also free to drop by. I loved hearing about the various work they were all doing and how their MFAs both helped them get hired and, more importantly, helped them excel in their new positions! It also served as an accidental reunion of several writers of our When Women Wrote Hollywood book of essays, which we will be launching to the Columbia, Missouri community in just a few weeks, during the Citizen Jane Film Festival!

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October is Italian Heritage Month! – Celebrate with these events and my book on America’s Forgotten Founding Father: Filippo Mazzei!

October is Italian Heritage Month! - Celebrate with these events!

Did you know there was an Italian Heritage Month? And that it is October?

It was declared in 1989 so stay tuned to some fun things I’ll be posting this month to celebrate the contributions Italians have made to America since the days even before the country was founded (which you can learn about in my book “America’s Forgotten Founding Father: Filippo Mazzei”. 

 

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If you live in Los Angeles, here are some fun things you can think about doing to celebrate with your friends of Italian descent.

Los Angeles Italian Heritage Month Events

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Upcoming Event:

ITALIAN GENEALOGY: DISCOVERING YOUR ANCESTRAL RECORDS IN ITALY & THE USA – ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE (OCT. 14, 2017)

Taking place at the Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) this two-day workshop offers practical methods for researching documents relevant to families that emigrated from Southern Italy to the U.S. No knowledge of Italian is needed. Event recognized by the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles. Two sessions, $90 (non-member) / $85 (IIC members). Info and registration at (310) 824-7408 or classes.iicla@esteri.it.


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Class of 2020 – Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting in Television via Instagram

Class of 2020 - Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting in Television via Instagram

Class of 2020 – Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting in Television 

Our latest class is in Los Angeles for their first workshop session so we took the opportunity to grab our first group photo. 

They’ll be back in August for another 10-day session and two more workshops in their second year. 

Always great to welcome a new set of MFA students each year!

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Many thanks to the essay contributors who joined us and spoke so eloquently about the women writers they had researched: Toni Anita Hull, Laura Kirk, Amelia Phillips, Sarah Phillips, Julie Berkobien, Khanisha Foster, Lauren Smith, and to Cari Beauchamp, who wrote the Forward to the collection.

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When Women Wrote Hollywood Book Launch Event – August 11, 2018 [Photos]

When Women Wrote Hollywood Book Launch Event - August 11, 2018 [Photos]

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In honor of the launch of our book of essays – When Women Wrote Hollywood – Jake Flynn, Communications Director for Councilmember Bob Blumenfield presented us this Certificate of Recognition from the Los Angeles City Council for “bringing students from throughout the country to Los Angeles and pairing them with mentors in the heart of the entertainment business…

The flexibility of the program allows for a diverse student body which in turn promotes the telling of stories that have not been heard before.” One certificate will return home to Stephens College with Dean Gail Humphries Mardirosian, who flew out to attend the launch, and the other two will stay with Ken and I here in Los Angeles.

Many thanks to the essay contributors who joined us and spoke so eloquently about the women writers they had researched: Toni Anita Hull, Laura Kirk, Amelia Phillips, Sarah Phillips, Julie Berkobien, Khanisha Foster, Lauren Smith, and to Cari Beauchamp, who wrote the Forward to the collection.


Buy a signed copy of when Women Write Hollywood

or Buy the Book on Amazon

 

* A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs
** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out!
† Available from the LA Public Library

Working with MFA Students via Instagram

Working with MFA Students via Instagram

Working with MFA Students

My Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting students are in town for the next 20 days and we are diving into our work.

This is a low-residency program where most of the work is done online but each cohort (1st year and 2nd year) comes to LA twice each year and meets for 10 days of intense workshops and research at the Jim Henson Studio (originally the Chaplin Studio) in the heart of Hollywood.

This week is the first workshop for our new class of 2020. 

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Linda, Lexi, and Rosanne overlooking Hollywood Blvd from the top of Hollywood and Highland

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