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

From Rosanne…

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.

Dr. Rosanne Welch speaks on Doctor Who at the 2016 Pomona Reads: A Celebration of Books – October 15, 2016

I’m going to be part of the great project in Pomona where I will be speaking on “How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity: A Study of the Doctors and their Male Companions.” If you’re in the area, please stop by, say “Hi!” and check out all the other great activities, panels and authors!

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Pomona Reads: A Celebration of Books

Saturday, October 15, 2016 @ Noon

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Don’t miss Dr. Rosanne Welch on Dr. Who!Dr. Rosanne Welch is a writer and university professor who teaches Humanities courses in the (IGE) Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; and screenwriting for two MFA in Screenwriting programs (Cal State, Fullerton and Stephens College).

Her current book, “Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture” is available from McFarland Publishing.

In the Who-vian world she has published a chapter in “Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television” (I.B.Tauris) an essay in “Doctor Who and Race: An Anthology.”

In January 2017 “Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection,” which she co-edited with her CalPoly Pomona colleague, Dr. Peg Lamphier, will be published by ABC-CLIO. In her previous life, Welch was a television writer/producer with credits that include “Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences and Touched by an Angel” and ABC NEWS/Nightline.

Book Reading: Why The Monkees Matter with Dr. Rosanne Welch – Book Soup, Hollywood, Mon, Sept 19, 2016, 7pm

Join me for a reading from my latest book, “Why The Monkees Matter” at Book Soup on the beautiful Sunset Strip in Hollywood.


Monday, September 19, 2016 – 7pm


Book Soup
818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Book Reading: Why The Monkees Matter with Dr. Rosanne Welch - Book Soup, Hollywood, Mon, Sept 19, 2016, 7pm

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The Monkee’s 50th Anniversary – Selected Stories from Around the World

Leave it to the English (the BBC World Service to be precise) to host an interview with one of The Monkees (Micky) that takes things seriously and asks interesting questions – beginning with “What was the music played in your childhood home?” I’m particularly pleased that Cerys Matthews mentions the show right up front as a ‘true cultural phenomenon’ – because it was!

Cerys Matthews with Micky Dolenz (BBC World Service)

Cerys Matthews with Micky Dolenz (BBC World Service)

Born in Los Angeles in 1945, George Michael Dolenz, Jr. became famous at the age of 10 with his own TV show. He has since established himself as an actor on television, film, and musical theatre, and directed a number of movies and music videos. He will always be best known, though, as the drummer and lead singer of the pop-rock band The Monkees.

Dolenz described the Monkees as initially being “a TV show about an imaginary band…that wanted to be the Beatles, that was never successful”. The four actor-musicians, however, soon became a real band, going on to sell more than 75 million records worldwide. At their peak in 1967 they outsold The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined.

Dolenz reflects in his outrageously successful career with Cerys, and spins some of the tunes that have defined his life.

Ann Moses played a huge part in establishing the public persona of each of the actors on The Monkees – I discuss the difference between their many personas in the chapter on Identity Construction (named whimsically for the song A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You). The Monkees was a rare show in which the characters used the names of the actual actors – which begged the question “Where did the actors end and the characters begin in the audience’s mind?”

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50 years less one day ago, I met the Monkees for the first time. I was on the “Last Train to Clarksville” – a promotional trip the day before their show aired in 1966. I met all four boys – and while I knew they would be a huge hit, I had no idea of the rousing years ahead, going on tour with them, trips every week to their indoor and outdoor sets as they filmed their magical show. It’s been a great experience and I can’t wait for my reunion with Peter and Micky this Thursday. 50 years later I’ll be doing video interviews with them – no tape recorders, no transcribing, no waiting 1-2 months before the story is in print. It’s definitely has been a wild ride!

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In today’s radio interview on Mornings with Nicole Dyer from Brisbane, Australia we can hear the wonderful happiness in her voice as she introduces her interview with Micky. It was great to hear that their radio station has been playing several tracks from Good Times – unlike American radio stations which seem so stuck in pre-planned song lists that we’re lucky to hear “Last Train to Clarksville”. Granted, she speaks more about the new album than the show (my focus in the book) but I appreciated that she clearly knew – and loved – the Monkees.

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Micky Dolenz on 50 years of ‘The Monkees’

On September 8, 1965, an ad appeared in the entertainment trade magazine ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ seeking ‘Folk & Rock musicians, singers, for acting roles in new TV series, running parts for 4 insane boys, Age 17-21″. Over 400 young men applied – but for the four who were chosen, it would change their life.This week marks 50 years since we first heard the Monkees theme song, and this year, the Monkees released an album of new material. And 2 of the Monkees, Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz, are heading to Australia as a part of their 50th anniversary tour, and they’re playing on the Gold Coast in December. Nicole Dyer spoke to Micky Dolenz…


New Book: OUTSIDE IN BOLDLY GOES: 117 New Perspectives on 117 Classic Star Trek Stories by 117 Writers with essay by Dr. Rosanne Welch

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So excited to see the publication of my latest essay in this fun collection on the original Star Trek series – the Outside In book series invited 117 writers to contribute essays to the book.

They assigned each of us an original episode of the show on which to write a 1500 word essay. My episode is This Side of Paradise where the crew lands on a planet and Spock falls in love with a woman who spouts Walden and Thoreau – written by the brilliant D.C. Fontana, who I note inspired many more women to write television.

OUTSIDE IN BOLDLY GOES will be 352 pages, paperback, $19.95, available in late October 2016.

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Psychobabble reviews “Why The Monkees Matter”

As an author, it is both exciting and frightening to begin reading the review of a book you have spent several years of your life researching and writing. But you also appreciate when a reviewer sees both the good and the perhaps not so perfect points of your work. That’s how I feel about Mike Segretto’s coverage. He doesn’t completely agree with my feminist bent on the show, but does agree with my glass-half-empty/glass-half-full take on the way the show handled ethnicity in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. I smiled when he rated the book “a fine piece of cultural analysis” and an “atypically readable and fun one”. That was my goal all along – to make some cultural points about The Monkees and their impact while entertaining the fans who have known they mattered all these years. — Rosanne

Review: ‘Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television, and American Pop Culture’
by Mike Segretto from Psychobabble, July 17, 2016

The question of whether or not some artifact of the twentieth century still “matters” has become a trendy question among pop-culture writers. The annoying implication is that the writer’s judgment holds some sort of weight, and if it is decided that, say, The Beatles get the thumbs down, they no longer “matter”—whatever that means. Instead of asking questions, Rosanne Welch’s new book Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television, and American Pop Culture makes an emphatic statement, and unlike a lot of these other “does this matter?” pieces, there is a special point behind her statement since The Monkees spent so much of their fifty-year career having critics tell them they most certainly do not matter.

As Welch points out, that attitude really began to change in the wake of Davy Jones’s death in 2012, as critical consensus started moving toward the judgment that The Monkees were actually really great. The point of Why The Monkees Matter is to articulate that judgment, and she does so by focusing exclusively on their TV show, which she notes was artistically, narratively, and politically progressive.

Welch organizes her book as a series of stand-alone topical essays. She deals with the state of the teenager on American TV prior to The Monkees arrival; how The Monkees contemporized depictions of young people by voicing anti-war, anti-consumerist philosophies (some scripted, some not); the radical inventiveness of the series’ design and writing (“The Monkees” was that rare sixties show that went out of its way to hire young writers); it’s pop-cultural legacy; etc.

Welch also deals with how women and non-American ethnicities were handled on the show. This is where “The Monkees” didn’t always live up to its Aquarian ideals, though the author cuts the series a lot of slack regarding its treatment of women. Yes, we do see an unusual number of female characters in respectable positions on the show—judges, royalty, PH.D. students, rock musicians—but some of Welch’s arguments that the series was generally feminist are weak. She contends that Davy’s weekly girlfriends weren’t sex objects because they never actually spend the night at The Monkees’ pad. Well, how many women on sixties sitcoms spent the night at a man’s pad? Zero? She suggests that Micky values intelligence more than sexuality because he describes Brenda from “99 ½ Pound Weakling” as “brilliant and intelligent” when this is clearly a joke on her stoned inarticulateness. While Welch notes the demotion of the all-female band The Westminster Abbeys to go-go dancers at the end of “Some Like It Lukewarm”, she unconvincingly suggests that other elements in the episode balance out the sexist way the writers chose to end it.

Welch is less forgiving when analyzing how non-American ethnicities are handled on “The Monkees”, focusing on how Asians, Italians, Gypsies, and Russians are stereotyped on the series. She misses a great opportunity to discuss the character of Thursday in “Monkees Marooned”, who very effectively sends up the “black native” stereotype with his eloquence, intelligence, ability to take control of situations, and hipness.

Aside from the weaknesses in these two chapters, Why The Monkees Matter is not only a fine piece of cultural analysis overall but also an atypically readable and fun one. It’s filled with historical tidbits about the series’ filming and writing and Mike, Micky, Davy, and Peter, so even if you need no convincing that The Monkees matter, you may still find much to interest you on its pages.


Listen Now: “Why The Monkees Matter” on Conversations Live with Cyrus Webb – Recorded Episode

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Host Cyrus Webb welcomes author Rosanne Welch to #ConversationsLIVE to discuss her new book WHY THE MONKEES MATTER: Teenagers, Television and America Pop Culture.

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