It’s All Relative: Writing Diverse Television Families
Friday, August 6, 2021
5:30 PM 7:00 PM
Online – RSVP Required
At every MFA Workshop we host a panel of writers in a joint event between the Writers Guild Foundation and the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting.
Our next will be focused on Writing Diverse Television Families.
Join us on Zoom on August 6th to hear from these writers:
- Moderated by Dr. Rosanne Welch, Executive Director of Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting
- Sheryl J. Anderson – Creator and Executive Producer, Sweet Magnolias
- Lang Fisher – Co-creator and Executive Producer, Never Have I Ever
- Marja-Lewis Ryan – Executive Producer, The L Word: Generation Q
- Anthony Sparks – Executive Producer, Queen Sugar.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – 7 pm EST
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
Rosanne is speaking at the 2021 SCMS Conference on Thursday, March 18, 2021. If you are attending the conference virtually, please tune into 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
THURSDAY, MARCH 18
SESSION E – 12:00 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”
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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
Join Plastic EP and his distinguished, literary panel for a spirited discussion on Monkees Literature.
- 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
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
At 4 PM PDT – 5 PM PDT
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.
I’m thrilled to have been asked to make a presentation for the American Women Writers National Museum (AWWNM) on the topic of “An Introduction to the Women of Early TV: There are More Women than Lucy to Love“. I’ll be discussing the groundbreaking work of women from Gertrude Berg (one of the first women to create, write, produce and star in a long-running hit — The Goldbergs) to D.C. Fontana (Star Trek). —
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
I’m proud to announce the next panel I’m moderating with the Writers Guild Foundation for our Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting — Act Two: Transitioning to TV Writing from Other Careers
The WGF may have hit a pause on our live events, but thanks to technology, we’re aiming to provide more access to advice and knowledge from film and TV writers while we’re all social distancing. Over the last few months, we’ve been hosting free Zoom panels about craft and all things relevant to writers.
For this session, we team up with Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting for a discussion on transitioning to TV writing from other careers. Learn how our panel of TV writers and producers made the jump to television, how their previous experiences inform their writing, and how that lens impacts their approach in the writers room.
- Zoanne Clack, M.D., MPH – Executive Producer, Grey’s Anatomy. Former career: Emergency room physician
- Rashaan Dozier-Escalante – Staff Writer, SEAL Team. Former career: Senior Physical Security Analyst for federal agencies, U.S. Army Reserve veteran
- Calaya Michelle Stallworth, Ph.D – Executive Story Editor, Fear of the Walking Dead. Former career: English professor at Spelman College, publishing
- Moderated by Dr. Rosanne Welch, Director of Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting.
Panel starts at 4:00pm Pacific time.
Space is limited so RSVP now. After signing up, you’ll receive information on how to access the Zoom panel.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For anyone who was unable to RSVP for the panel, we will record and post it at a later date.
As one of the sponsors of the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting was pleased to host a live panel at their 2020 virtual film festival discussing the 10 minute short Joe and the Shawl.
Described as the story of “an adorable tow truck driver who really digs Kelli, a fellow North Carolinian, when he meets her as he changes her dead car battery. But Joe’s interest takes a sharp right turn when he learns that Kelli is a Muslim” the film raised questions of identity, representation and religious freedom.
For the panel, Executive Director Rosanne Welch and mentor/instructor Dawn Comer Jefferson provided a breakdown of the script followed by moderating questions from the audience. Guests included Nicole Ballivian (writer-director), Deonna Kelli Sayed, from whose blog post the script was adapted, and actors Jill Galbraith and Travis Lincoln Cox. — Rosanne
Reel Sisters & Stephens College Host Script Analysis for Joe & The Shawl from African Voices/Reel Sisters on Vimeo.
Past students at new events
Hosting the WGA events for Stephens allows me to reconnect with students I’ve had and other schools. Here I am chatting with a student from last spring’s one-hour drama class from Columbia College’s Semester in LA program.
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