Here’s a look at what’s happening at MPW in March 2011! All events are free and open to the public.
Road Trip – Get Me Outta Here!
Friday, March 25th @ 7:30 PM
Join us for the latest MPW Student/Faculty Reading series with MPW faculty member Amy Gerstler!
The theme is “Road Trip – Get Me Outta Here!”
Erin La Rosa
Amy Gerstler is a writer of poetry, nonfiction and journalism. Her book Dearest Creature (Penguin 2009) was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year, and was short listed for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry. Her previous twelve books include Ghost Girl, Medicine, Crown of Weeds, which won a California Book Award, Nerve Storm, and Bitter Angel, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Paris Review, American Poetry Review, several volumes of Best American Poetry and The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry. In the late 1980s through the mid 1990s she contributed monthly reviews to Artforum magazine. She does a variety of kinds of journalism, including art criticism and book reviews, and has written for the Village Voice, Los Angeles Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, Art and Antiques, and other publications. She is a core faculty member at the Bennington Writing Seminars, Bennington College, Vermont and teaches in the MPW program at USC and in the Fine Arts Graduate Program at Art Center College of Design. She has taught writing and/or art at the California Institute of the Arts, Cal Tech, the University of California at Irvine, the University of Utah, Pitzer College, and elsewhere.
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How to Leap from MPW to Barnes & Noble and Beyond?
Wednesday, March 30th @ 6:00 PM
The Master of Professional Writing program is pleased to announce the distinguished panel of literary agents and editors who will ponder the question “How does a writer leap from MPW to Barnes and Noble and beyond?”
University Club – Pub
645 West Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90089
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The panelists include:
Angela Rinaldi is a literary agent to bestselling authors and president of The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency, founded in 1994. She was previously the Executive Editor at NAL and Bantam Books, Senior Editor at Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster) and started the book publishing program for The Los Angeles Times. She has been a member of AAR and board member for PEN.
Susan Finesman is a literary agent specializing in books to film. She began her career with Tri-Star Pictures in 1986, scouting books, plays and non-fiction. Five years later, she moved on to Savoy Pictures, followed by a long and award-winning stint at HBO, where highlights included an Emmy for Ernest Gaines’s A Lesson Before Dying.
Helen Breitwieser is a literary agent and owner of Cornerstone Literary in Los Angeles. Her agency represents a wide range of bestselling authors with an emphasis on women’s fiction, children’s books, romance and suspense/mystery. She is a member of the AAR, the Author’s Guild, Poets & Writers, RWA and PEN. Before founding Cornerstone Literary in 1998, she was a literary agent at the William Morris Agency.
Jennifer Pooley is a former Senior Editor with William Morrow and Harper Perennial where she spent 12 years before moving to Los Angeles in 2010 to pursue her passion for book-to-film adaptation. Jen has represented an eclectic cast of bestselling authors, is an annual faculty member of the Colgate Writers’ Conference, and gives lectures throughout the year at national writers’ conferences.
Mary Roach & Lauren Whitney
Also on Wednesday, March 30th @ 7:00 PM
Mary Roach is the author of PACKING FOR MARS: THE CURIOUS SCIENCE OF LIFE IN THE VOID, which she will discuss with M. G. Lord’s class on travel-writing. She is also the author of STIFF: THE CURIOUS LIVES OF HUMAN CADAVERS, SPOOK: SCIENCE TACKLES THE AFTERLIFE, and BONK: THE CURIOUS COUPLING OF SCIENCE AND SEX. She lives in Oakland, Ca. Mary will be accompanied by Lauren Whitney, her agent at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, who will discuss the process of transforming a book into a film.
Leavey Library Auditorium
651 West 35th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089
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$8 parking available at USC’s Parking Structure X (Gate #3)
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