Writing for TV and Tabletop Game Design: Two Special Workshops for Spring 2020 Residency. Applications Open Now

Two cutting-edge areas of creative writing—writing for television and writing for tabletop games—gain special focus in two unique workshops offered May 22-31 during the Spring 2020 residency of Spalding University’s School of Creative and Professional Writing.  

THE WRITERS’ ROOM: A TV-WRITING WORKSHOP

In the Writers’ Room Workshop, students work together to pitch ideas, break, and write follow-up episodes for an existing TV pilot in an enriching one-of-a-kind instructional experience. This workshop, which replicates the writers’-room model used for TV series today, is led by prolific television writer and producer Bruce Marshall Romans.

Bruce Marshall Romans

Romans’ credits include four seasons of Hell on Wheels on AMC, Steven Spielberg’s Falling Skies on TNT, Marco Polo and Marvel’s The Punisher on Netflix, and Messiah, also for Netflix (to be released 1/1/20). He is currently writing/co-executive producing a new drama, Deputy, for Fox, as well as developing and writing an original television pilot, also for Fox. He is based in Los Angeles.

The Writers’ Room workshop is open to students in Spalding’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFA) program or Master of Arts in Writing (MAW) program. Applications are open now, with an early placement deadline of February 1. Prospective students should apply in the screenwriting genre.

TABLETOP GAME DESIGN WORKSHOP

The Tabletop Game Design Workshop equips emerging writers with the tools, knowledge, and working experience to create professionally written tabletop games and establish an understanding of online writing, community building, and crowdfunding writing. The workshop is led by Charles Maynard, creator of the breakout Far Away Land Role-Playing Game under the pseudonym Dirk Stanley. Maynard is also author of a debut novel, The Way Things End.

Charles Maynard

The workshop is part of a 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Writing: Emphasis in Tabletop Games. To earn the certificate, students attend the workshop during a 3-credit residency course, May 22-31, followed by a 12-credit Independent Study course in which they work one-on-one with Maynard, an expert gaming mentor. Applications for the Certificate program are open now, with an early placement deadline of February 1. Email the School of Writing to inquire about special application requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Writing: Emphasis in Tabletop Games.

Certificate students who wish to continue their studies may use their Tabletop Games certificate credits as first-semester credits to earn the MAW (creative writing) or the MFA. Alternately, students may opt to take the Tabletop Game Design Workshop alone as part of a 3-credit residency course without completing the certificate, though financial aid is not available for students who choose this option.

Current School of Writing students may take the gaming workshop or Writers’ Room workshop as a cross-genre experience, if space allows. To request permission to participate in either workshop, email SchoolofWriting@spalding.edu by January 24.

Federal Financial Aid is available for all School of Writing programs.

The School accepts applications year-round with an early placement deadline of February 1 for entry in the Spring 2020 semester, beginning with a 10-day residency on Spalding’s campus, May 22-31, or the Summer 2020 semester, beginning with a 10-day residency in Paris, July 6-16.

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Ohm’s Law

By Debra Kang Dean, Spalding School of Writing Poetry Faculty

For any circuit the electrical current is directly proportional to the voltage and is inversely proportional to the resistance.

As a consequence of my bewilderingly high scores in the electronics section of the battery of tests I had to take before enlisting in the Air Force, I was recruited into the field of ground radio repair. It turned out to be a poor match since I never really got beyond being able to read schematics; I console myself by believing that one need also have mechanical sense to do well, and my scores on that part of the test had been dismal.

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The Way We Live Now

By Robin Lippincott, Spalding School of Writing Fiction & Creative Nonfiction Faculty

One of the benches overlooking Spy Pond, Arlington.

Here is my third attempt at writing this blog post, which gives you some context for what follows. The first two efforts were completely different and unrelated, on subjects having nothing to do with this one. Finally, I realized there was really only one thing I wanted to write about here; it was so obvious that I’d missed it entirely.

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Life of a Writer: Autumn Edition

EXCITING NEWS & UPDATES FROM STUDENTS, ALUMNI, FACULTY & STAFF!

STUDENTS

Jason Cooper (PW) launched his new theatre company, The Chicken Coop, on September 27th here in Louisville, Kentucky. More than just a theatre company, The Chicken Coop strives to provide a variety of entertainment offerings and to create a place for artists and audiences to come together to celebrate, be inspired and simply have a great time.

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Announcing the Full Line-up of Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing, Nov. 16-22

Spalding University’s Festival of Contemporary Writing, the state’s largest fall-spring reading series, takes place Saturday, November 16, through Friday, November 22, with faculty and alumni of the low-residency programs of Spalding’s School of Creative and Professional Writing. Bestselling graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang headlines the festival as Distinguished Visiting Writer. Yang is the author of the Printz Award-winning American Born Chinese and the National Book Award Finalist Boxers & Saints, a boxed set of graphic novels. Yang has served as a National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.

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Fall Residency: Bring Your Own Reusable Water Bottle!

Plastic is in the news a lot lately. We’ve all seen the image of the sea turtle with the plastic straw embedded in its nostril, or we’ve read about microscopic plastic particles being found at every level of the food chain. According to the Ocean Conservancy, 8 million metric tons of plastics enter our oceans every year.

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Strutting Adventure on the Page

By Julie Brickman, Spalding School of Writing Fiction Faculty

 Years ago, when I was writing my first novel, I got into a new relationship. For the first few weeks, it colonized my mind and I parsed every word, gesture and intuition for meaning.  One night, deep in dreamland, I got a phone call.  It was Kendra Quillan, my protagonist.  “Where are you?” she said, and hung up.

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The Fall 2019 Residency Book in Common Is Actually Two Books: Gene Luen Yang’s Best-selling Boxed Set, Boxers and Saints

By Kathleen Driskell, Chair Spalding’s School of Creative and Professional Writing

It’s a tradition during residencies at the Spalding School of Creative and Professional Writing to regularly rotate and provide common instruction in one of the genres we teach: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, or writing for TV, screen and stage. Though our students dive into deep practice in their chosen writing concentration, each also benefits from exploring other genres, learning what craft elements and techniques are unique but also shared between genres. It’s been gratifying over the years to see how these cross-genre forays have provided important epiphanies for writing students.

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Screenwriter Bruce Marshall Romans Joins the Faculty of Spalding University’s School of Creative and Professional Writing

By Katy Yocom, Spalding School of Writing Associate Director

Spalding University’s School of Creative and Professional Writing welcomes acclaimed television and film writer and producer Bruce Marshall Romans to the faculty. Romans, whose television writing and producing credits include Hell on Wheels and Marvel’s The Punisher, will deliver a lecture about writing for TV at the upcoming November residency before taking on full teaching duties with the Spring 2020 semester, when he will lead a writers’ room workshop at the May residency and mentor screenwriting students in independent study.

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