Dr. Rosanne Welch Moderates WGA Panel: Women Warriors: Writing Strong Female Protagonists – August 16, 2017

I’m so honored to have been asked to moderate this exciting panel coming up next Wednesday August 16, 2017: WOMEN WARRIORS: WRITING STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONISTS with a panel that includes Allan Heinberg (WONDER WOMAN), and Moira Walley-Beckett (ANNE WITH AN E), Amy Berg (COUNTERPART), Liz Flahive (GLOW), Carly Mensch (GLOW).

Dr. Rosanne Welch Moderates WGA Panel: Women Warriors: Writing Strong Female Protagonists - August 16, 2017

Unfortunately, this event is sold out.

‘Featuring a Strong Female Lead’ is more than just a Netflix category; it marks an evolution of film and television characters that have shown us the world from varied female perspectives. From Scarlett O’Hara and Norma Desmond to Maude Findlay, Buffy Summers and Wonder Woman, our favorite female heroines (and anti-heroines) have paved the way for modern explorations of the female experience.

On this special evening, our panel of writers explores the process of crafting strong female protagonists, how they navigate through archetypes and stereotypes, and how writers are challenging (and changing) the way female characters are depicted on TV and film.


Amy Berg – Amy is a writer and executive producer for film and television. She’s written for a multitude of shows including DA VINCI’S DEMONS, PERSON OF INTEREST, EUREKA, LEVERAGE, and THE 4400. She also created the award-winning digital series CAPER. Along with her feature work, she’s currently co-showrunning the upcoming Starz series COUNTERPART starring J.K. Simmons and consulting on a series for Hulu.

Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch – Creators of Netflix Original Series GLOW

Allan Heinberg – Allan is the screenwriter of the film Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins. His television writing and producing credits include The Naked Truth, Party Of Five, Sex And The City, Gilmore Girls, The O.C., Grey’s Anatomy, Looking, and Scandal. Most recently, Heinberg developed, wrote, and ran ABC’s The Catch, starring Mireille Enos and Peter Krause. For Marvel Comics, Heinberg created and wrote Young Avengers and its sequel, Avengers: The Children’s Crusade with co-creator/artist Jim Cheung. For DC Comics, Heinberg co-wrote JLA: Crisis Of Conscience with Geoff Johns (art by Chris Batista), and re-launched Wonder Woman with artists Terry and Rachel Dodson.

Moira Walley-Beckett – Moira is a multiple award winning screenwriter. She is currently the Series Creator and Executive Producer of the Netflix drama “ANNE (with an E).”

Recently, Moira created “Flesh and Bone,” a critically acclaimed Limited Series for STARZ. The drama received multiple nominations (including a GOLDEN GLOBE and a WGA nod) and won a SATELLITE AWARD, a GRACIE AWARD, and a WOMEN’S IMAGE (WIN) Award. Before creating “Flesh and Bone,” Moira spent six years as a writer and Co-Executive Producer on the critically acclaimed AMC series “Breaking Bad.” For her work on that show, Moira has won a total of three EMMY AWARDS, three WRITERS’ GUILD AWARDS, three AFI AWARDS, three SATURN AWARDS, two PGA AWARDS, a GOLDEN GLOBE, a PEABODY, and received a PEN LITERARY AWARD nomination. Before her tenure as a writer on “Breaking Bad,” Ms. Walley-Beckett wrote on the NBC dramas “Raines” and “Eli Stone,” and “Pan Am” for ABC.

Currently, Moira has a feature film, The Grizzlies, in post-production with Kennedy/Marshall and Northwood Productions. Ms. Walley-Beckett hails from Vancouver, Canada but resides in Los Angeles.

Nice Library Journal review of Women in American History, Edited by Rosanne Welch and Peg Lamphier

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Today we received a nice review from the Library Journal that calls our 4-volume encyclopedia set  — Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia —  “thorough,” “enlightening,” and “recommended.”

We share these compliments with all of who contributed to the project and hope you find copies in your local library to enjoy!

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Please share this set with your local librarian!

Rosanne Welch and Peg Lamphier performing in The Vagina Monologues at Cal Poly Pomona [Video] (14:12)

Rosanne Welch and Peg Lamphier performing “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy” at Cal Poly Pomona [Video]

Rosanne Welch and Peg Lamphier performing “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy” at Cal Poly Pomona. 

The student reviewer from the Poly Post said it, “led to uncontrollable laughter amongst the crowd as the women presented different types of moans such as the Obama and even the Cal Poly Student moan.”




My 2nd Year Performing in “The Vagina Monologues” at Cal Poly Pomona

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Our monologue (with Peg Lamphier) was mentioned in the Poly Post review (The Vagina Monologues seeks to remove taboos, Poly Post, February 27, 2017) of this year’s The Vagina Monologues, an annual event at Cal Poly Pomona and my second year performing:

“There were also humorous monologues throughout. One, “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy,” featured two women discussing one woman’s realization that she loved to make women moan. This led to uncontrollable laughter amongst the crowd as the women presented different types of moans such as the Obama and even the Cal Poly Student moan.”

You can see us standing in the back of the cast photo (Peg is wearing her pink pussy hat to my right).

Read the entire review

Rosanne quoted in Titan: The Magazine of California State University, Fullerton, Winter/Spring 2017

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“FOR SCREENWRITER Rosanne Welch, the ripple effect of being the woman in the room begins like this: “The doctor walks in …” All I have to do is write She says… and they have to hire a female. That’s how power-ful it is to have a female voice in a room,” says the lecturer of cinema and television arts. Female leaders are trending — on TV. And, much like in real life, it’s taken decades to rewrite the script, says Welch. We need more women writers in the room and more female role models at the helm, at the corporate table, in the judge’s chair, in political office — and not just on TV, she says. “We do know that it’s highly influential,” she says of TV. “We need to kind of know something’s real and then we highlight those  existences in TV, and the public sees it more often, and then it becomes more real.”

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Announcing my new post as Reviews Editor for the Journal of Screenwriting

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been asked to serve as Reviews Editor for the Journal of Screenwriting, published by Intellect, Ltd.

The Journal explores “the nature of writing for the moving image in the broadest sense, highlighting current academic thinking around scriptwriting whilst also reflecting on this with a truly international perspective and outlook.”

It’s the international aspect that interests and impresses me the most. I look forward to working on such an elegant publication and such a distinguished group of academics:

Rosanne Welch Reviews Editor

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Event: Dr. Rosanne Welch Moderates “Women Write Now: Breaking Barriers In Film, Tv And The Web” – Tue, November 29, 2016 – Writers Guild

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I’ll be moderating this panel at the Writers Guild. Hope to see you there!

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Women Write Now: Breaking Barriers In Film, Tv And The Web

As the landscape of storytelling on film, television and the web evolves and changes, more women are leading the charge in breaking down gender walls in the industry. Each has her own story and a perspective about the challenges that women face as writers and creators in the field.

The Writers Guild Foundation and Stage 32 are partnering on this special event, which invites writers to discuss their careers and their experiences working as a woman in the industry, from where they started and how they got their material noticed to what the future for women in media looks like and what inspires them to write every day.


  • Lauren Schuker Blum (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) 
  • Jessica Mecklenburg (STRANGER THINGS, BEING MARY JANE)
  • Deborah Schoeneman (HAND OF GOD, GIRLS, THE NEWSROOM)
  • More panelists to be announced. Stay tuned!

Doors open at 7pm. Event starts at 7:30pm. A networking reception will follow directly after the panel from 9pm to 10pm.

Stage 32 is dedicated to educating and empowering creatives from all walks of life, and as a continued commitment, we will provide every attendee with a free Stage 32 Next Level webinar (a $49 value), to help sharpen your skills and pave your trail in the industry.

About Stage 32:

“Stage 32 is LinkedIn meets Lynda for film and TV creatives” – Forbes Magazine

Stage 32 is the online platform connecting and educating film and TV creatives worldwide. Stage 32 provides over 1,000 hours of online education taught by some of the industry’s most prominent development, executives, managers, agents and producers.

All events advertised on our “Events” page are open to anyone who wants to buy a ticket – not just WGA members!

Proceeds benefit the Foundation’s library and archive and other outreach programs

Why The Monkees Matter Book Signing, St. Louis, Missouri, Saturday, November 5, 2016

A couple of photographs from my “Why The Monkees Matter” book signing in St. Louis today. It has been a busy week as I was at the Citizen Jane Film Festival in Columbia, MO where my Stephen College MFA in Screenwriting students were presenting a panel of papers on historic women screenwriters. it was well received and one of the most well-attended of all the panels. I look forward to doing this in future years, too.

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After that, and a series of meetings with Stephens College folk, it was time to head off to St. Louis for a 1 pm signing of “Why the Monkees Matter” at a local Barnes and Noble. I worked hard to set up this signing when I heard that the Monkees would be performing in St. Louis tonight.

Why The Monkees Matter Book Signing, St. Louis, Missouri, Saturday, November 5, 2016

After meeting some great people at the signing it was time for some dinner with a collection of fans from the Zilch Podcast, where I’ve been interviewed about the book, and then off to the concert.

Why The Monkees Matter Book Signing, St. Louis, Missouri, Saturday, November 5, 2016

After this whirlwind, I’ll be heading back to work in California on Sunday.

Thanks for all who turned out and bough the book at Barnes and Noble and elsewhere. It is great to be able to share my feelings on The Monkees and find the others are just as interested — if not more so — than I am.

Book Signing: Why The Monkees Matter with Dr. Rosanne Welch – Saturday, November 5, 2016 – Des Peres, MO (Greater St. Louis Area)

Book Reading: Why The Monkees Matter with Dr. Rosanne Welch - Saturday, November 5, 2016 - Des Peres, MO (Greater St. Louis Area)

Join me for a reading from my latest book, “Why The Monkees Matter” at Barnes and Noble Des Peres, Missouri (Greater St. Louis Area) on November 5, 2016.

This is the afternoon when The Monkees will be performing at The Family Areana in nearby St. Charles, MO. 

Live Nearby and/or going to the concert? Stop by. Pick up a copy of the book. See my presentation and reading.


Saturday November 5, 2016 1:00 PM 


Barnes and Noble
West County Mall 
113 West County Center
Des Peres, MO 63131

Newspaper Interview with Dr. Rosanne Welch – Pomona Reads! community reading event set for this Saturday

I was interviewed for this article on Pomona Reads, which takes place tomorrow, Saturday October 14, 2016.

You can find complete information at Pomona Reads on Facebook.

From the article…


The community reading event will also include a talk about the television series “Dr. Who” by Rosanne Welch, who teaches humanities courses in the interdisciplinary general education department at Cal Poly Pomona. Welch has written about the show and “Torchwood,” a show spin-off.

“Dr. Who” is a British television science-fiction series that has a large following and which has been produced by the BBC since 1963.

Welch’s talk will appeal to both those who are longtime fans of the show and for those just learning about it. The series is a good example of the pairing of creativity and quality writing, Welch said.

The main character in the show is an alien who travels through space and time with different companions. The departure of actors playing the main character has not hurt the show. Instead, the changes have provided show writers a way to give the alien character and his companions new adventures, Welch said.

“They’ve really become a huge worldwide phenomenon,” she said.

One generation enjoyed “Dr. Who” in their youth, and they introduced it to their children and now their grandchildren are following it, Welch said.
“Dr. Who” offers “a positive look at the future,” Welch said, while most science fiction tends to be dystopian.

The alien finds goodness in earth and its people, “and he’s a champion for us,” Welch said.