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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Keeping Storytelling Fresh


“I think stories do have an ending. I think they need to have an ending eventually because that is a story: a beginning, middle and end. If you draw out the end too long, I think storytelling can get tired.” – Melissa Rosenberg

Born on Aug. 28, 1962 Rosenberg is an American screenwriter who has won Emmys, Writers Guild of America, and Peabody Awards for her work in film and television. 

A California native, she started writing plays as a child, getting neighborhood kids to perform them and planting the writing bug that continued on through adulthood.  After studying and working in New York, she moved back to California, graduated from the University of Southern California and began her screenwriting career.

Among her successes were the immensely successful TV series Dexter and The Twilight Saga; Jessica Jones and episodes of many other sitcoms and drama series; and the dance movie Step Up.  She has becn a strong advocate for writing                                        
 in the schools, particularly helping young
 girls develop skills that can be used for careers such as her own.

It doesn’t matter if you’re the smartest person in the room: If you’re not someone who people want to be around, you won’t get far. Likewise for helping those in line behind you. I take seriously my role as a mentor to young female filmmakers – I make sure my time is tithed.



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