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Giselle Rodriguez-Forté took a break from the Master of Professional Writing (MPW) program for an opportunity to work as an associate producer at Condé Nast Entertainment in Manhattan, N.Y. She graduates from MPW in 2014. Photo by Michael Lopez.

High Heels, High Ambitions

October 18, 2013

Giselle Rodriguez-Forté will be the first to tell you, she’s a sneakers girl. So it was a bit of a surprise when, searching for something to wear to her grandmother’s funeral, she laid her eyes on a pair of…

Brighde Mullins has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work as a playwright. Her latest play is titled <em>The Bourgeois Pig</em>, a story about a photojournalist in the Vietnam War who becomes a paparazzo in Hollywood.

USC Dornsife's Brighde Mullins Named Guggenheim Fellow

April 25, 2012

Brighde Mullins, director of USC Dornsife’s Master of Professional Writing program, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work as a playwright. Mullins will use the fellowship to spend the Fall 2012 semester…

<em>Cleopatra</em> was a critical flop, but starred Elizabeth Taylor as the most powerful woman in the ancient world. USC Dornsife's M. G. Lord discusses <em>Cleopatra</em> in her new book, <em>The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice</em> out Feb. 7.

Behind Those Violet Eyes

February 3, 2012

Just for a hoot, M. G. Lord and a group of friends rented a mid-century modern house in Palm Springs, Calif., for Memorial Day weekend. Lord had brought a box of Elizabeth Taylor movies, and popped in a DVD. “We were…

Shelley Berman, lecturer emeritus in USC Dornisife's Master of Professional Writing program, performs his one-act monologue "Father and Son" during the "Funny But True" event. Photos by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody.

Tough Crowd

August 12, 2011

Everyone has them. Those moments of complete humiliation when blood rushes to your cheeks and you quickly look around hoping no one noticed. Who would want to relive those moments, much less share them with strangers?…

Mark Richard, a lecturer in the Master of Professional Writing program, has won a 2012 Pushcart Prize for his memoir and first book of nonfiction <em>House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer’s Journey Home</em>. Born a “special child” with deformed hips in rural Virginia, Richard chronicles his struggle with faith and the life that made him a writer. Photo by Jeff Vespa.

On Writing and Redemption

July 7, 2011

Mark Richard didn’t intend to write his latest book. He had originally set out to explore the death of Nat Turner, an early 19th-century slave insurrectionist in Southampton County, Va., where Richard lived as a boy.…

Amie Longmire and Krishna Narayanamurti, students in USC College's Master of Professional Writing Program, teaching a multi-genre writing course to freshman at West Adams Preparatory High School. The residency program is through a partnership with PEN Center USA's PEN in the Classroom (PITC). Photo credit Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody.

Discovering Their Voices

March 4, 2011

Writing reports on Charles Dickens’ novels, analyzing the theme of 1984 or ascertaining William Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter are assignments high school students have come to expect in their English classes. So,…

Brighde Mullins, program director of USC College’s Master of Professional Writing Program, was awarded a 2010 USA Fellowship for literature. Photo credit Cam Sanders.

Honoring the Artist

January 4, 2011

For playwright and poet Brighde Mullins, it’s usually a powerful image that incites narrative. Recently, it was the captivating description of a young Phillis Wheatley — a slave who became the first…

Allison Doyle (middle) shares a laugh with Saxon Burns, also a student in USC College's Master of Professional Writing program, and Kate McCarthy, whom she's been friends with since their undergraduate days as English majors in the College. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

A World of Difference

December 10, 2010

Growing up in Omaha, Neb., as an "insider-outsider," a Korean adoptee raised in an otherwise genetically-connected family of five, I discovered that writing was a way to organize the thoughts and ideas whirling around in my…

Thai American writers Pimone Triplett (left), Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, Prince Gomolvilas and Ira Sukrungruang share their life experiences at an event hosted by USC College's Master of Professional Writing (MPW) and PEN USA. Photo credit Megan Christopher.

One Night in Bangkok

July 9, 2010

Quoting from his memoir, Talk Thai: The Adventures of a Buddhist Boy, Ira Sukrungruang summed up the theme of the evening, his tongue firmly in cheek. "I am Thai. Thais are superior to any other race," the University of South…

Sandra Tsing Loh, lecturer in the Master of Professional Writing Program and host of <em>The Loh Down on Science</em>. Photo credit Tatjana Loh.

There's Nothing to Fear (It's Just Science)

July 8, 2010

Why, oh why, do average laypeople so fear science? Is it some worrisome association with the Nobel Prize, a gloomy hatch of dour bearded Swedish men in lab coats? Is it the sharp sense memory of formaldehyde, recalling the…