Fall 2019 Written By Magazine Features Transgender Writers (And On The Cover!); Entry- Or Mid-Level Writers; LGBTQIA+ Writers; Female Writers; And Writers Of Color

January 2019 Written By Magazine Features Transgender Writers (And On The Cover!); Entry- Or Mid-Level Writers; LGBTQIA+ Writers; Female Writers; And Writers Of Color

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Just on time for your Labor Day Reading! The Fall 2019 issue of Written By magazine, the magazine of the Writers Guild of America, West is now available online. 

Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Executive Director Dr. Rosanne Welch, who serves on the Editorial Board of the magazine (along with program friend Glen Mazzara) is proud of this truly groundbreaking issue: it’s the first issue featuring transgender writers (and on the cover!); entry- or mid-level writers; LGBTQIA writers; female writers; and writers of color in every story.

Listen to the latest “How I Wrote That” Podcast with Screenwriter/Producer Tara Hernandez of The Big Bang Theory [Audio]

Listen to the latest How I Wrote That Podcast with Tera Hernandez of The Big Bang Theory [Audio]

Listen to the latest How I Wrote That Podcast with Tera Hernandez of The Big Bang Theory [Audio]

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Tara Hernandez started working on The Big Bang Theory as an assistant to the executive producer in season 4, and became a staff writer in the middle of season 5. From there she rose in the ranks to be a co-executive producer, helping to craft the series finale before moving to work on the show’s spin-off Young Sheldon.

The key to pitching sitcoms – there’s the event and then there’s the story.  The event is the thing that happens but the story is her emotional realization that comes from the event… So for my first story that sold on Big Bang Theory was about the time Bernadette was getting married and Amy was going overboard so the girls decide to go dress shopping without Amy.  That was the event that happened and then, because she was so devastated, Sheldon had to step up as a boyfriend and comfort her and it lead to their first cuddle. – Tara Hernandez

 

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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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

“Write Like A Mother” Panel with the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting and hosted by the Writers Guild Foundation

On Friday, August 9th, I had the great pleasure of moderating a panel on working mom screenwriters for the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting and hosted by Writers Guild Foundation.

I thank them for being so honest and real about describing the way they balance the lives they love and the work they love.  It’s never easy for any of us and sometimes that’s the best lesson of all. Though each of the writers talked about how the skills of being a mother are so perfectly attuned to the nurturing and multitasking required of showrunners in television.

We also learned about offices that have nurseries provided for their writing staff and the fact that, as with all things in life, moms have to make tough decisions between being on set when your pilot is filming or catching your 2nd grader’s talent show… But we also all admitted that it’s a privilege to make the stories that are watched by other people’s children – and to share stories with your own children all their lives. — Rosanne

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Talking TV writing and motherhood with writers/producers and working moms Julia Brownell (THIS IS US), @jamiedenbo (AMERICAN PRINCESS), Valentina Garza @totalvaligirl (JANE THE VIRGIN), and moderator @RosanneWelch.

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Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Workshop visits producer/writer Rob LaZebnik and The Simpsons writer’s room

A field trip to the writers room of The Simpsons served as yesterday’s highlight for the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Class of 2021.

Thanks to producer/writer Rob Lazebnik for showing our students around and explaining what makes a good Simpsons script – a story that involves the whole family, which is hard to come by after being on the air so many wonderful years…

 Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting visit producer/writer Rob LaZebnik and The Simpsons writer's room

 Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting visit producer/writer Rob LaZebnik and The Simpsons writer's room

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Alumni Screenwriter Sahar Jahani returns to share her screenwriting journey with Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Workshop

Last night the Class of 2021 shared a treat – a visit by alum Sahar Jahani (Class of 2018)

Since graduation she has written episodes for Ramy on Hulu and landed on the staff of season 4 of 13 Reasons Why, while also adapting a YA novel into a film.

She credited the spec script she wrote under the mentorship of Jon Vandergriff for helping open doors. 

Thanks, Sahar, for sharing your journey with us!

 Alumni Screenwriter Sahar Jahani returns to share her screenwriting journey with Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Workshop

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Screenwriter/Producer Cindy Chupack Interviewed at Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Workshop for “How I Wrote That” Podcast

How much would you love to learn about the writing of an iconic episode of “Sex and the City”?

The Class of 2021 was treated to just that when guest Cindy Chupack, who has won two Emmys and three Golden Globes as a TV writer/producer, was interviewed in front of our students for the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting program’s “How I Wrote That” podcast, hosted by Khanisha Foster. (Episode coming soon!)

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Save The Date! — Write Like a Mother: A Conversation on TV Writing and Motherhood, Friday, August 9, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Write Like a Mother: A Conversation on TV Writing and Motherhood

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Write Like a Mother: A Conversation on TV Writing and Motherhood

When: Friday, August 9, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 9 PM
Where: Writers Guild Foundation, 7000 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, California 90048
Tickets $25/$20 at wgfoundation.org


Write Like a Mother: A Conversation on TV Writing and Motherhood

We are teaming up once again with Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting for a mother of a panel.

On this special evening, we gather a panel of TV writers and producers for a discussion about their experiences writing and developing nuanced portrayals of motherhood while also balancing duties as working moms themselves.

Panelists

  • Julia Brownell – This Is Us, About a Boy, Parenthood
  • Jamie Denbo – American Princess, Ronna & Beverly
  • Valentina Garza – Jane the Virgin, Bordertown, The Simpsons
  • Stay tuned for more panelist announcements!

Moderated by Dr. Rosanne Welch


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Dr. Rosanne Welch’s Essay, “Hey, Hey, They Wrote The Monkees”, Included In Paperback L.A. Book 3!

The lovely thing about putting writing out into the world is that sometimes you receive calls or emails from editors who stumbled upon your work and want to reprint it in their own anthologies.

Such a lovely experience happened to me recently when Susan La Tempa, editor of Paperback LA – a series of 3 anthology collections of writings about Los Angeles across the decades, contacted me. She had read my article on the wild and crazy careers of the former writers of The Monkees and wanted to add it to her 3rd collection. 

Happily, I received my contributor copy in the mail today and it looks great.  The fact that my name appears in a Table of Contents along with great California writers like Casey Williams, Lisa See, Harry Shearer and Jonathon Gold (the only Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer) is… amazing to me.

Can’t wait for the publication launch party, signing and reception Sunday May 5, 2019 (4-6 p.m) at the Helms Design Center.  Free and open to the public!

Hope to see you there!

Secrets. Sigalerts. Ravines. Records.

In Paperback L.A., A Casual Anthology Book 3, our contributors deftly command fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, magazine writing, memoir and other forms to conjure up visions of a Beverly Hills Wonderbread factory, the founding of the first sustained gay rights organization in the country, early 20th-century wagon-train settlers in Dodger Stadium area, a late 20th-century DTLA traffic tie-up that becomes a kind of symphony, a humorous 1940s novelty song whose refrain buoyed civil rights activists, the 1990s outrigger-team apprenticeship of a Tongva youth―and more. Plus, photo essays on “Motion and Stasis,” “Hometown Gold,” “The Right Notes,” and “Nowhere.”