Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting alum Ilona Rossman Ho (Class of 2019) BAFF Screenplay Award Winner!

 Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting alum Ilona Rossman Ho (Class of 2019) BAFF Screenplay Award Winner!

Major Congratulations to Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting alum Ilona Rossman Ho (Class of 2019) who’s screenplay “Indivisible Mom” has been named a 2019 summer edition BAFF (Big Apple Film Festival) Screenplay Award Winner!

Ilona worked on the script with mentors Niceole Levy and Lisanne Sartor while in the MFA program.

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Three Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Alumni Published in the current issue of the Journal Of Screenwriting

The newest issue of the Journal of Screenwriting is now available via the Hugh Stephens Library.

Dr. Rosanne Welch of our Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting serves as Book Review Editor and this Issue includes reviews by three graduates of our MFA program: The Girl Who Knew Too Much: Shadow of a Doubt (1943), reviewed by Mikayla Daniels (Class of 2017); Writing for the Screen, Anna Weinstein, reviewed by Yasser O. Shahin (Class of 2017); and The Heroine’s Journey: Woman’s Quest For Wholeness, Maureen Murdock, reviewed by Ilona Rossman Ho (Class of 2019).

Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Alums Published by the Journal Of Screenwriting

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Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting graduate begins teaching at the University of Missouri School of Journalism

Congratulations to Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting graduate (and graduation speaker for the Class of 2019) LeeAnne Lowry who joined the University of Missouri School of Journalism yesterday teaching “Fundamentals of Visual Journalism and Strategic Communication”.

Way to put your MFA to work! — Rosanne

Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting graduate begins teaching at the University of Missouri School of Journalism

 

 

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Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Tour Warner Bros. Studios and Speak With Michael Lawshe (Sound Supervisor) and Bob Berens (Producer, Supernatural)

On Wednesday the 2nd year Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting candidates were treated to a tour of the backlot of Warner Bros. Studios courtesy of Emmy-winning Sound Supervisor Michael Lawshe…

Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Tour Warner Bros. Studios and Speak With Michael Lawshe (Sound Supervisor) and Bob Behrens (Producer, Supernatural)

…which culminated with a one-hour Q&A with Supernatural Executive Producer Bob Berens, discussing the crafting of their final season.

Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Tour Warner Bros. Studios and Speak With Michael Lawshe (Sound Supervisor) and Bob Behrens (Producer, Supernatural)

 

 

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Writer/Producer Ken Aquado Talks “Agents and How To Get One” with Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Workshop Students

Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Workshop guest lecturer  (author of “Based On” which explains how to option rights to a book/article/song for the purpose of adapting that into a screenplay) recommended this article to explain the #1 question asked by students:

“How Do I get an Agent?”

I thought I ought to share it with the whole community, so here it is… — Rosanne

Writer/Producer Ken Aquado Talks

As established members of the entertainment community, we are frequently asked to speak to aspiring filmmakers. And with the success of our book, The Hollywood Pitching Bible, the number of speaking invitations has greatly increased. We are now regularly invited to speak at numerous entertainment industry events, festivals, film schools and conferences.

No matter what the topic of the event, inevitably the dialogue with the audience veers onto our views about the industry in general and life in the biz. Overwhelmingly, there’s one question we get asked more than any other: “How do I get an agent?”

Often the question is asked with such intense interest that we sometimes wonder if the rest of our lecture has been “filler” for the audience who are just waiting to get to this topic. Because of the overwhelming concern with this question, we are presenting this in-depth, three-part article on the topic for the benefit of LA Screenwriter readers.

How to Get an Agent – Part One via  LA Screenwriter

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Power Of The Pack: Women Who Support Women Are More Successful via Forbes

Here’s a great Forbes article by Shelley Zalis that our Dean recently shared about the power of women supporting women in their professional worlds.

It illustrates ideas already in place within the alumni and current students in our Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting from “Finding your Squad” to “Amplifying other Women” to “Taking the ‘work’ our of ‘Networking’”. — Rosanne

Power Of The Pack: Women Who Support Women Are More Successful via Forbes

I  always say a woman alone has power; collectively we have impact. Traditionally we have been taught to be competitive with one another, because there was such a scarcity of jobs at the top. It’s so clear that strategy doesn’t work. The truth is that raising each other up and channeling the power of collaboration is truly how we’ll change the equation—and have a lot more fun along the way.

There is a boys’ club where women never felt comfortable, so we decided to create a Girls’ Lounge more than six years ago where everyone feels like they belong. We discovered two things:

There is power in the pack.
You realize your strengths make the table better.

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“When Women Wrote Hollywood” Book Signing, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, Missouri

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How Women Wrote Hollywood Book Reading and Signing, Skylark Bookshop @skylarkbookshop , Columbia, Missouri during the Citizen Jane Film Festival 


When Women Wrote Hollywood Book Reading and Signing, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, Missouri

On Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 several of the contributors to When Women Wrote Hollywood gathered at the Skylark Bookshop in Columbia, Missouri for a signing and launch party that functioned like a mini-reunion of the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Class of 2017.

Many thanks to all who came to hear them each speak with passion about the research subjects who became whole chapters in this book of essays on female screenwriters from the Silent Era into the 1940s.

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The Big Bang Theory Writer/Producers Eric Kaplan and Tara Hernandez visit with Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting students

It was a double-header for the 2nd year MFA candidates when they were visited by two writers from The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon on consecutive nights this week. On the first night, Eric Kaplan (also a former David Letterman staff writer) came at the invitation of student CJ Ehrlich.

On the second night, producer Tara Hernandez sat for an interview with Khanisha Foster for our How I Wrote That podcast.

We thank them both for sharing their expertise (and their humor) with the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting.

 The Big Bang Theory Writer/Producers Eric Kaplan and Tara Hernandez visit with Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting students

 The Big Bang Theory Writer/Producers Eric Kaplan and Tara Hernandez visit with Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting students

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Dr. Marissa Stevens consults on Egyptian History with Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting students

On Saturday both Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting cohorts had the chance to work in teams on the concept of rebooting a show from the 1970s that involved the Egyptian goddess.

As any writer does, we invited a technical consultant – Dr. Marissa Stevens – to give the teams some historical background in the culture of ancient Egypt before they broke into groups to brainstorm their new ideas.

Dr. Marissa Stevens consults on Egyptian History with Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting students

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Producer/Screenwriter Cindy Chupack on the “How I Wrote That” Podcast from the Stephens MFA in TV and Screenwriting Program [Podcast]

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Cindy Chupack has won two Emmys and three Golden Globes as TV writer/producer whose credits include “Sex and the City,” “Better Things,” “Divorce,” “Modern Family,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and most recently Showtime’s darkly comic hour “I’m Dying Up Here.” She is the author of two comic memoirs: the New York Times bestseller The Between Boyfriends Book: A Collection of Cautiously Hopeful Essays, and The Longest Date: Life as a Wife. Last year she directed her first episode of television for “I’m Dying Up Here,” and her first feature, OTHERHOOD, starring Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette, and Felicity Huffman. OTHERHOOD is a comedy Chupack co-wrote that premiered this week in select theaters and on Netflix.

It feels very paint by numbers so it seems so easy – but it’s not.
As soon as I get good and comfortable I want to take a risk. To challenge myself. 

-Cindy Chupack