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The Memoir Script: In Praise of the Voiceover

All Levels | In this class, we will look at classic coming-of-age films (Now and Then, Stand by Me, Boyz n the Hood, The Sandlot, etc.) to study the voiceover method of storytelling. Then, we will write letters to our younger selves that will become the outline for a memoir script.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

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Instructor: Rose McAleese

Class Type: 4 Sessions

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Term: Winter 2022

Start Date: 03/08/2022

End Date: 03/29/2022

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Rose McAleese

Rose McAleese was born on Halloween night in Seattle, Washington, where she was delivered by a doctor in a giant spider costume, which has pretty much set the tone for the rest of her life. After the short film she wrote and directed about her dyslexia won the Grand Jury Prize at the SIFF Young Filmmakers Festival, she was hired as a PA for a feature-film company there where she worked for three years. She moved to Los Angeles in 2014 because she figured that what this city needed was one more writer.

But Rose talks as good a game as she writes. She began her performance career as a spoken-word artist in 2006, representing Seattle in eight BNV and NPS national poetry competitions before finally deciding it was time to get off the stage, stop ranting and write for a while. That hiatus produced the book Strong. Female. Character., a collection of poems dedicated to her favorite movie stereotype. Her freelance journalism has appeared in several print and online publications including The New York Times. She has also been a featured speaker at TedxWomen and Talks at Google.

While living in Seattle, Rose studied at the prestigious women writer’s collective Hedgebrook, focusing on screenwriting, television writing, non-fiction writing, and memoir development in juried classes with dramatist and screenwriter Winnie Holzman, writer/director/producer Robin Swicord, television writer, and producer Felicia D. Henderson, and novelist Hannah Tinti. She is also Alumni of Hugo’s House of several classes which is why she’s so excited to teach this time!

After moving to Los Angeles, she was awarded a year-long paid fellowship in the Universal Pictures Emerging Writers Fellowship Program in 2016-2017. She has also been staffed as a writer for the second season of The Quad, a television drama on BET, writer, and consulting producer for the Netflix’s comedy series SNEAKERHEADS. Her most recent work was writing jokes for Netflix’s AMERICAN PIE: Girls’ Rule.

Rose continues to reside full-time in Los Angeles because she figures what this city needs is one more writer.

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