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"Distinguised Voices in Writing" continues at Mount St. Mary's College-Oct. 24th

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Writer, producer and former The Walking Dead showrunner, Glen Mazzara, speaks Oct. 24th at the Mount's "Distinguished Voices in Writing" series

Mount St. Mary’s College Doheny campus, in the middle of Downtown Los Angeles, is an urban oasis. Among its continuous cultural offerings at this jewel-like campus is the current ongoing speakers series – “Distinguished Voices in Writing” presented to the public by Mount St. Mary’s Master of Arts in Humanities program.

Talented voices from some of the most popular shows on television and film will speak at MSMC this school year during these “Distinguished Voices in Writing” forums. Glen Mazzara, former showrunner of the vastly popular AMC series, "The Walking Dead, will speak on October 24th. Upcoming speakers include MSMC's own Emmy Award-winning novelist and filmmaker Marcos McPeek-Villatoro (Nov. 7), and Maria Jacquetmetton, writer-producers of AMC’s “Mad Men" (Jan. 16).

The series comes with its own hook, too: Each writer will analyze a live episode, film or story they have written. This is followed with an audience question-and-answer session.

“We feel incredibly fortunate to have such talented writers kicking off our new monthly series,” says Dr. Katherine Boutry, the Humanities faculty member who created and hosts the series.” Dr. Boutry continued, “This was designed to bring great voices in creative writing to as inspiration to our students and alums. Also, it gives us a chance to give back to the community by offering a forum for creative discussions.” Dr. Boutry is a writer herself, with television credits that include shows such as “Missing” and “Haunting Hour.”

Dan O’Shannon, Executive Producer and head writer of the hit series, “Modern Family” was the first speaker in the series. He provided a charming evening, which included the history of his start at the age of seven when he decided he wanted to make people laugh. He left college after his freshman year to go into show business and learn the business by going on the road as a stand up comedian. By the time he was in his mid-20s, he had segued into being a writer for the “Tonight Show”. Since then it's been one success after another including “Cheers” and “Fraser”.

The upcoming calendar features:

  • October 24: Glen Mazzara (“The Walking Dead,” “The Shield” and “Hawthorne”)
  • November 7: Marcos McPeek-Villatoro (Poet, novelist and two-time Emmy-winning filmmaker; “Tamale Road.” McPeek-Villatoro also holds the Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair of Writing at Mount St. Mary’s and is the College’s director of Journalism and New Media)
  • January 16: Andre and Maria Jacquetmetton (A married, Emmy Award-winning writer-producer duo; “Mad Men”)

Each talk begins at 7 p.m. RSVPs are required to attend. Send your RSVP to mountspeakers@gmail.com. General admission is $10, to be paid by cash or check at the door; $5 for WGA members; free to Mount St. Mary’s College students, faculty and staff. Campus parking is free for this event.

The series is presented to the public by Mount St. Mary’s Master of Arts in Humanities program, and will take place on the College's Doheny Campus. For questions, or to RSVP, e-mail mountspeakers@gmail.com.

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