2021 Events


Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – 7 pm EST

When Women Wrote Hollywood presentation for the Empire State Center for the Book

MFA Executive Director Dr. Rosanne Welch will give a Zoom presentation on “When Women Wrote Hollywood” for the Empire State Center for the Book, the New York State affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book. This event begins at 7 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Central on Tuesday, March 9, and is free and open to the public. 

Dr. Welch will discuss many highly successful female screenwriters of early Hollywood and explain why they don’t appear in most mainstream histories of the era.

Join the Zoom Call — Passcode: 120524

Visit Empire State Center for the Book Web Site

Sunday, March 14, 2021 – All Day

Master Class with Showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett – Interview by Dr. Rosanne Welch

Join us on Sunday, March 14 for a master class with showrunner, writer and actress Gloria Calderón Kellett, sponsored by the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting

Kellett is best known for the critically acclaimed reboot “One Day at a Time.” She is currently on a deal at Amazon Studios where she is developing new shows and movies.

MFA Executive Director Dr. Rosanne Welch’s conversation with Kellett will begin airing for free on Sunday, March 14, as part of the Master Class event of the Athena Film Festival.

Free registration is required > 


Tuesday, March 16, 2021
At 4 PM PDT – 5 PM PDT

Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Open House

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Explore the low-residency MFA in TV + Screenwriting with Executive Director Dr. Rosanne Welch. Our mission is to increase the impact of women and other under-represented voices in television and film. Our faculty and mentors include some of the best working writers in Hollywood, and our curriculum includes an in-depth look at the business side of TV and screenwriting.

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March 19, 2021 – 11am – 3 pm EST

Virtual Fair for Online Graduate Programs

Welcome the Stephens College Graduate Programs chat room. Join us to speak with program directors of our online Master of Science in Health Information Management, low-residency Master of Fine Arts in TV and Screenwriting, and evening program for Master of Education in Counseling.

HIM – 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
MED – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
MFA – 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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Sunday, March 21
Session V – 6:00 PM Central Time

Dr. Rosanne Welch Speaks at the 2021 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference 

Rosanne is speaking at the 2021 SCMS Conference on Thursday, March 18, 2021. If you are attending the conference virtually, please tune in to this collection of excellent presentations on the “unreliable narrator” and more.

V14 Writing Between the Lines: Feminist Strategies for Historical Absences, Cliché, and the Unreliable Narrator

Sunday, March 21, 2021
Session V– 6:00 PM Central Time

  • Chair: Christina Lane, University of Miami
  • Co-Chair: Vicki Callahan, University of Southern California
  • Vicki Callahan, University of Southern California, “Still Looking for Mabel Normand”
  • Philana Payton, University of Southern California, “Eartha Kitt vs. Eartha Mae: Black Women, Self-Fragmentation, and the Politics of Hollywood Stardom”
  • Rosanne Welch, Stephens College, “When Men Forget Women: The Many Ways Male Screenwriters Fail to Mention their Female Colleagues in Oral Histories”
  • Christina Lane, University of Miami, “Alternative Writing Strategies: Notes on Discovering the ‘Women Who Knew’ Joan Harrison”

Past Events

Dr. Rosanne Welch Talks About the Monkees TV Show with Plastic EP TV Live – Thursday, February 25th, 2021, 8pm EST/5pm PST

Tuesday February 16th, 2021, the Plastic EP TV Facebook Live Monkees Discussion Panel will present a literary discussion on Monkees Books.

Thursday, February 25th, 2021, 8pm EST/5pm PST

Watch Live

Join Plastic EP and his distinguished, literary panel for a spirited discussion on Monkees Literature.


Wed Feb 10, 2021 noon-12:45 EDT

Dr. Rosanne Welch Speaks On “An Introduction to the Women of Early TV: There are More Women than Lucy to Love“ for the American Women Writers National Museum [Virtual via Zoom]

RSVP Today! 
Email AWWNM1@gmail.com

Wed Feb 10, 2021 noon-12:45 EDT

“An Introduction to the Women of Early TV: There are More Women than Lucy to Love“

Sponsored by: American Women Writers National Museum

Time & Place: noon-12:45 p.m. EDT / 9 AM PDT via Zoom

All AWWNM programs are now via Zoom until further notice. Invitations are sent via email to AWWNM’s mailing list. RSVPS are REQUIRED in order to receive a link to a specific program. If you would like an invitation, email request to AWWNM1@gmail.com.

Dr. Rosanne Welch, Executive Director of the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting, Author, Historian and Book Reviews editor of the Journal of Screenwriting will profile pioneer women who created, produced and worked on many of America’s most wildly popular early TV Programs. 

“My goal is to rescue these talented women from historical oblivion”, she said.

Some of the women writers she will discuss are:

  • Lucille Ball (1911-1989) of “I Love Lucy” fame, who also ran Desilu production company and greenlighted the blockbuster Star Trek productions.
  • Treva Silverman (1936- ) winner of two Emmy awards for the brilliant comedy The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
  • D.C. Fontana (Dorothy Catherine) Fontana (1939-2019) a story editor of Star Trek
  • Leigh Brackett (1915-1878) known as “Queen of the Space Opera” who wrote on or worked on timeless films: The Big Sleep (1946), Rio Bravo (1959), The Long Goodbye (1973) and The Empire Strike Back (1980).
  • Peg Lynch (1915-2015) She wrote about 11,000 scripts for radio and TV

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
At 4 PM PDT – 5 PM PDT

TOPIC: Working in / behavior in a writers room, & benefits of having an MFA #WritingCommunity

@RosanneWelch – ##screenwriter, TV writer, novelist & Exec Dir, @stephenscollege MFA In TV & #Screenwriting


Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Open House

Register Now

Explore the low-residency MFA in TV + Screenwriting with Executive Director Dr. Rosanne Welch. Our mission is to increase the impact of women and other under-represented voices in television and film. Our faculty and mentors include some of the best working writers in Hollywood, and our curriculum includes an in-depth look at the business side of TV and screenwriting.

Register Now

#ScriptChat with Dr. Rosanne Welch – Sunday, February 14, 2021

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Dr. Rosanne Welch Joins Panel on Monkees Books with Plastic EP Live – Tuesday February 16th, 2021, 8pm EST/5pm PST

Tuesday February 16th, 2021, the Plastic EP TV Facebook Live Monkees Discussion Panel will present a literary discussion on Monkees Books.

Tuesday February 16th, 2021, 8pm EST/5pm PST

Watch Live

Join Plastic EP and his distinguished, literary panel for a spirited discussion on Monkees Literature.

Participants:

  • Fred Velez
  • Charles Rosenay
  • Ed Reilly
  • Michael A Ventrella
  • Mark Arnold
  • Natalie A Palumbo 
  • Special Guest, Dr. Rosanne Welch, Author of Why The Monkees Matter