“When Women Wrote Hollywood” is at the Citizen Jane Film Festival – November 1-4, 2018, Columbia, Missouri

When Women Wrote Hollywood is a collection of 23 essays focused on the lives of female screenwriters of Golden Age Hollywood.

Celebrate the work of these female screenwriters by meeting the authors!

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Rosanne Moderates the Women Comedy Writers Panel for the Writers Guild Foundation and Stephens College

Rosanne Moderates the Women Comedy Writers Panel for the Writers Guild Foundation and Stephens College
Pictured:  Gail Parent, Njeri Brown, Rosanne Welch, Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome, Christine Zander and Ken Lazebnik pose before the Women Comedy Writers Panel

I had a great time moderating another panel for the WGA Foundation and enjoyed meeting all these female comedy writers. We talked about the power of comedy to force us to face the issues of our day and the pure fun of finding your place in a writers room.

I took the opportunity to ask Gail Parent (of The Carol Burnett Show, and The Golden Girls) to sign my used copy of her novel Sheila Levine is Dead and Living in New York so now I have another book to add to my autographed shelf! 

It was wonderful to feel the reverence in the room whenever she spoke – coming from the audience as well as the panel. That kind of reverence for those who came before us is usually reserved for men, which made experiencing it so much more powerful.

Rosanne Moderates the Women Comedy Writers Panel for the Writers Guild Foundation and Stephens College

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My Next WGA Foundation Panel Discussion: It’s a Funny Story: A Conversation with Women TV Comedy Writers, August 10, 2018

I am very excited to be moderating another panel at the Writers Guild Foundation on…

My Next WGA Foundation Panel Discussion: It's a Funny Story: A Conversation with Women TV Comedy Writers, August 10, 2018

“It’s a Funny Story: A Conversation with Women TV Comedy Writers” on Friday, August 10, 2018

with these fascinating female writer-creator-artists:

This is going to be FUN!  Hope you can join us!

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From the Writers Guild Foundation

“We could all use a good laugh. Fortunately, we can all unwind with an abundance of outstanding television comedy shows that are available at the click of a button. But comedy isn’t just for the jokes anymore: an increasing number of shows tackle universal problems and surprisingly navigate us through our challenging world. And as writers rooms continue investing in diverse talent, the voices you hear from your television take on fresh perspectives. 

Join The Writers Guild Foundation in partnership with Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting for a discussion surrounding how women television comedy writers got their start, how they use their experiences to inform their work, and the challenges they face in the writers room.”

This Week’s Script Cavalcade: Adam’s Rib from the Writers Guild Foundation Blog

A fun site to check out is the Writers Guild Foundation Blog where they highlight some of the wonderful scripts in their catalog.

The link below takes you to a fun post about writers who created great chemistry on the page where the blogger excerpts a few pages from 1949’s Adams’s Rib, written by husband-and-wife writing team Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin.

Gorden and Kanin appear in an essay of mine, published in our new book, When Women Wrote Hollywood.

…And after that great post, check out this one, on Norma Rae.


This Week’s Script Cavalcade: Adam’s Rib from the Writers Guild Foundation Blog

This Week’s Script Cavalcade: Adam’s Rib from the Writers Guild Foundation Blog

Lauren Bacall gives Humphrey Bogart some side eye and he grins. Billy Crystal and Meg Ryanargue about orgasms at Katz’s deli. Yammering Paul Newman talks a mostly silent Robert Redford’s ear off in the wild west in the late 1800s. Basically, two characters come together as partners on screen and if we’re lucky, their interactions and friction produce this happy spellbinding effect.

We call it chemistry, but often in the business of creating movies and television we treat it like it’s magic… as if it’s elusive and very difficult to conjure and we shouldn’t talk about it too loudly because we don’t want to squelch the enchantment.

Here’s a question for you.

What if we treated chemistry as what it is?

That is to say, a science.

Read the entire article — This Week’s Script Cavalcade: Adam’s Rib from the Writers Guild Foundation Blog

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When Women Wrote Hollywood: Essays on Female Screenwriters in the Early Film Industry — Now Available!

When Women Wrote Hollywood: Essays on Female Screenwriters in the Early Film Industry 

I’m so excited to see that we’re now publishing on this collection of essays written by the original cohort of students in our first Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting which I edited and for which author Cari Beauchamp wrote a wonderful forward covering the life and influence of Frances Marion.

These 23 essays cover a range of female screenwriters from the early years of film through the 1940s, women whose work helped create the unforgettable stories and characters beloved generations of audiences but whose names have been left out of most film histories.  Not this one. This collection is dedicated to those women and written by a group of women grateful to stand on the shoulders of those who came before – as a beacon to those who will come after.

Rosanne Welch

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Table Of Contents

Acknowledgments

Foreword: Finding Frances Marion
Cari Beauchamp

Introduction
Rosanne Welch 5

Adela Rogers St. Johns: Survival Of The Feisty
Sarah Amble Whorton

Jeanie Macpherson: A Life Unknown
Amelia Phillips

Anita Loos: A Girl Like Her
Toni Anita Hull

The Nature And Genius Of Alice Guy Blaché
Khanisha Foster

“You’d Better Learn To Hold Your Liquor”: Bess Meredyth And A Career In Early Hollywood
Sydney Haven

The Best Revenge Is Outliving Them All: The Life And Heartbreak Of Frederica Sagor Maas
Mikayla Daniels

Silent Screenwriter, Producer And Director: Marion Fairfax
Sarah Phillips

Smart Girl In Charge: Eve Unsell
Laura Kirk

The Glorious Ms. Glyn
Amy L. Banks

Fearless And Fierce: June Mathis
Lauren Elizabeth Smith

Writing Around Lois Weber
Chase Thompson

Gene Gauntier: Ascending By Drowning
Yasser Omar Shahin

Lorna Moon: A Woman Of A Certain Influence
Elizabeth Dwyer Sandlin

Clara Beranger: The Unseen Laborer
Amanda R. Stockwell

Ida May Park: Prolific Pioneer
Jackie Perez

Frances Goodrich And Albert Hackett: The Most Beloved Couple In Hollywood
Julie Berkobien

In Defense Of Lillian Hellman
Kelley C. Zinge

The Intimately Unknowable Dorothy Parker: A Study Of Her Life And Art
Elizabeth Dwyer Sandlin

Joan Harrison: Redefining Femininity In Film Noir And Hollywood
Chelsea Andes

The Six Degrees Of Sarah Y. Mason And Victor Heerman
Pamela L. Scott

Zoë Akins: A Quiet Rebellion
Sarah Amble Whorton

Marriage Of Words: Bella And Sam Spewack
Laura Kirk

The Forgettable Ms. Murfin
Amy L. Banks

A Team In Passionate Action: Ruth Gordon And Garson Kanin
Rosanne Welch

About The Contributors

Visiting Professionals Panel At The Television Academy — The Panel 4

Visiting Professionals Panel At The Television Academy -- The Panel 4

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Students from @tennstateu and @uofmichigan came to our campus as part of a week-long industry immersion course. These students are pursuing careers in film and TV production, and the Television Academy Foundation was happy to connect them to professionals in their field!

The Panelists:

Dr. Rosanne Welch,Tony Carey (The Sopranos, The Riches, Just Shoot Me), Tiffany Boone (The Chi, The Following, Beautiful Creatures) and Chad L. Coleman (The Wire, Walking Dead, The Expanse) as part of the Television Academy’s Visiting Professionals Program.

More photos coming soon!

@tiffmonet, Performer
@chadlcoleman, Performer
@drrosannewelch, Writer
@tonycarey68, Production Manager

 

Visiting Professionals Panel At The Television Academy — The Panel 3

Visiting Professionals Panel At The Television Academy -- The Panel 3

Students from @tennstateu and @uofmichigan came to our campus as part of a week-long industry immersion course. These students are pursuing careers in film and TV production, and the Television Academy Foundation was happy to connect them to professionals in their field!

The Panelists:

Dr. Rosanne Welch,Tony Carey (The Sopranos, The Riches, Just Shoot Me), Tiffany Boone (The Chi, The Following, Beautiful Creatures) and Chad L. Coleman (The Wire, Walking Dead, The Expanse) as part of the Television Academy’s Visiting Professionals Program.

More photos coming soon!

@tiffmonet, Performer
@chadlcoleman, Performer
@drrosannewelch, Writer
@tonycarey68, Production Manager

 

Visiting Professionals Panel At The Television Academy — The Panel

Visiting Professionals Panel At The Television Academy -- The Panel

Students from @tennstateu and @uofmichigan came to our campus as part of a week-long industry immersion course. These students are pursuing careers in film and TV production, and the Television Academy Foundation was happy to connect them to professionals in their field!

The Panelists:

Dr. Rosanne Welch,Tony Carey (The Sopranos, The Riches, Just Shoot Me), Tiffany Boone (The Chi, The Following, Beautiful Creatures) and Chad L. Coleman (The Wire, Walking Dead, The Expanse) as part of the Television Academy’s Visiting Professionals Program.

More photos coming soon!

@tiffmonet, Performer
@chadlcoleman, Performer
@drrosannewelch, Writer
@tonycarey68, Production Manager

Visiting Professionals Panel At The Television Academy

Group photo with students visiting from the Tennessee State University for a panel discussion with myself, Tony Carey (The Sopranos, The Riches, Just Shoot Me), Tiffany Boone (The Chi, The Following, Beautiful Creatures) and Chad L. Coleman (The Wire, Walking Dead, The Expanse) as part of the Television Academy’s Visiting Professionals Program.

More photos coming soon!

 

Sense and Sensibility: The Screenplay and Diaries | Gifts for the Screenwriter #3

Sense and Sensibility: The Screenplay and Diaries | Gifts for the Screenwriter #3

Sense and Sensibility: The Screenplay and Diaries | Gifts for the Screenwriter #3

For me this on set diary by a writer who also starred in the film and had to make script changes in the evenings after a full day of filming is a wonderful look at the real life of working writer/performer. The bonus fact iis that it is written by Emma Thompson about her work on Sense and Sensibility – a most marvelous movie to view and study.

 

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