Sculpture of Vittorio Emanuelle II during battle for Italian Reunification via Instagram

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 Sculpture of Vittorio Emanuelle II during battle for Italian Reunification

Sculpture of Vittorio Emanuelle II during battle for Italian Reunification via Instagram

On our trip to Milan for the 2019 SRN Conference we had the time to visit the Museum of the Risorgimento so I could do some research on the Italian perspective of Giuseppe Garibaldi, the topic of my second Mentoris novel. It really helped me see him from several sides – and artwork like this highlighted the place he holds in world civilization. 

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Semester In LA Writers Round Table Class – Columbia College of Chicago

Semester In LA Writers Round Table Class - Columbia College of Chicago

Semester In LA Writers Round Table Class

Here’s a great photo of my current (and nearly graduated) Columbia College Writers Round Table class together with the marvelous actors who joined us for the last 3 weeks. The did table reads of all 9 student scripts. The actors are: Erron Jay (on the right in the back row), Khanisha Foster (2nd row #6 from the left/standing next to me), Juan Villa (last one on the right in the 2nd row) and Christina Nieves (in the middle in the front row). Kudos to Khanisha for gathering them all for us because they went above and beyond the call of duty by giving great notes for the (inevitable with all writing) rewrites to come. All in all, a fun and productive 3-week collaboration!

Presenting My Talk – The Sisterhood of Science Fiction: A Walk Through Some Writers and Characters You (Should) Know and Love via Instagram

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Presenting My Talk – The Sisterhood of Science Fiction: A Walk Through Some Writers and Characters You (Should) Know and Love

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Thanks to another invite from Kris Zoleta and the wonderful staff at the CPP Library I presented another lunchtime lecture yesterday.

This talk was on famous female writers of science fiction both in books (from Mary Shelley to Octavia Butler) and on television with a side tangent on important and influential female characters of science fiction (from Lt. Nyota Uhura to Dana Scully).

The audience responded well, many asking me for recommendations for summer reading)  and the nicest compliment I received came from an engineering student who came up to me afterward to say she was either going to do homework or come to my talk during her lunch break and she was ever so happy she had chosen to come to the talk. 

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The Mentoris Project Podcast: No Person Above the Law: A Novel Based on the Life of Judge John J. Sirica. [Podcast]

The Mentoris Project Poscast: No Person Above the Law: A Novel Based on the Life of Judge John J. Sirica. [Podcast]

The Mentoris Project Podcast: No Person Above the Law: A Novel Based on the Life of Judge John J. Sirica.

Hosted by Dr. Rosanne Welch

Our guest in this show is Cynthia Cooper, author of No Person Above the Law: A Novel Based on the Life of Judge John J. Sirica. She sits down with host, Dr. Rosanne Welch to discuss President Richard M.Nixon, his aides, Watergate and The Law as seen by Judge Sirica.

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The Mentoris Project Poscast: No Person Above the Law: A Novel Based on the Life of Judge John J. Sirica. [Podcast]The Mentoris Project Poscast: No Person Above the Law: A Novel Based on the Life of Judge John J. Sirica. [Podcast]

The Mentoris Project Poscast: No Person Above the Law: A Novel Based on the Life of Judge John J. Sirica. [Podcast]The Mentoris Project Poscast: No Person Above the Law: A Novel Based on the Life of Judge John J. Sirica. [Podcast]The Mentoris Project Poscast: No Person Above the Law: A Novel Based on the Life of Judge John J. Sirica. [Podcast]

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The Shard, the Walkie-Talkie and more London skyline via Instagram

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The Shard, the Walkie-Talkie and more London skyline

Off to London today with my Oxford Brookes University students for a film research trip. Gathering resources for my own paper and book, too!The Shard, the Walkie-Talkie and more LONDON skyline via Instagram

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A cloudy day in London Town… via Instagram

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A cloudy day in London Town... via Instagram

A cloudy day in London Town…

Off to London today with my Oxford Brookes University students for a film research trip. Gathering resources for my own paper and book, too!

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Met a mini-Aslan on my way to CS (Clive Staples – who knew?) Lewis’ grave at Holy Trinity Church in Headington via Instagram

Met a mini-Aslan on my way to CS (Clive Staples – who knew?) Lewis’ grave at Holy Trinity Church in Headington

Met a mini-Aslan on my way to CS (Clive Staples - who knew?) Lewis' grave at Holy Trinity Church in Headington via iInstagram

– and then I found the window dedicated to his Narnia books inside – it’s etched (not stained) so it’s hard to see but Aslan’s face is in the upper left with the Dawn Treader below it and the castle of Cair Paravel on the bottom right. Imagine being a writer who wrote something so lovely that the churchyard has to place location signs from your grave…and other writers would seek you out all these years hence.

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First day of lecture/research trip to Oxford-Brookes! (Oxford, UK) via Instagram

First day of lecture/research trip to Oxford-Brookes! (Oxford, UK)

First day of lecture/research trip to Oxford-Brookes! (Oxford, UK)

I’m off to the UK once more to spend a week teaching Screenwriting to the students of Oxford Brookes University. This is part of an exchange program between Oxford Brookes University and the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting.

 

Paolo Russo, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, has twice spent a week as a guest lecturer here in Los Angeles and now I get a chance to spend a week with his students. This Master Class is just one part of my activities there. I’ll be working closely with his screenwriting students individually and also get a chance to visit some important research locations like the Bodleian Library.

More people at our table than usual via Instagram

More people at our table than usual via Instagram

More people at our table than usual

These days it is usually just Rosanne and me at the dining room table or occasionally 2 friends for dinner. Back in December, though, we hosted 6 members of our Sicilian family and the dining room was almost standing room only. 

This was their first day in town, so we greeted them with the quintessential LA meal of In-n-Out. 😀

Every other meal at home, though, looked more like our Italian meals when visiting them. They might have experienced the US and LA when we went out, but evenings cocooned them in a sense of normal home life. 

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Rosanne with Polizani in Milano via Instagram

Rosanne with Polizani in Milano via Instagram

Rosanne with Polizani in Milano

The bird is the mascot of a local bus tour company and we happened upon them as we walked around Milan during the Screenwriting Research Network Conference last September.

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