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The phrase “Based on a True Story” has an undeniable appeal to most audiences. How do we take the historical “facts” and create truthful “fictions”?  How do we take the givens of a person’s life and create a character that has authenticity? In this seminar and workshop focused on creating characters out of real life and adapting them for television and the stage, writer/producer, Dawn Atkinson Prestwich and playwright Brighde Mullins will speak from their experiences of creating characters from real people—both historical figures and those whose lives went somewhat unnoticed but nevertheless have dramatic pull. Ms. Prestwich’s most recent television show is “Z” based on the life of Zelda Fitzgerald (Amazon), and Ms. Mullins’ new play “This Partial Grace” is based on the life of American poet Phillis Wheatley.

This is a free program that will be held in the West Valley Regional Library. Space is limited, so please respond early. For more information, please contact Sharon Padua, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, at [email protected] or 213.292.6268.


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Brighde Mullins

Brighde Mullins is a playwright, whose works include The Bourgeois Pig, Monkey in the Middle, Fire Eater, and others. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012. She teaches in and directs the Master of Professional Writing (MPW), a multi-genre graduate creative writing program at the University of Southern California.

Dawn Atkinson Prestwich

Dawn Atkinson Prestwich is a writer/producer who’s most recently been executive producer of The Killing (AMCTV/Netflix), alongside her writing partner Nicole Yorkin. Before that, Dawn and Nicole were on FlashForward on ABC, were showrunners on The Riches (FX), co-executive producers on Brotherhood on SHOWTIME, and co-executive producers on Carnivale on HBO, among many other shows. They won the Writer’s Guild Award for Best Drama Episode for the Pilot of their show The Education of Max Bickford, and a Peabody Award for Brotherhood, and were nominated for an Emmy for Chicago Hope. At the moment, Dawn and Nicole are developing and writing pilots for Amazon and HBO/Michael Mann. In her spare time, Dawn teaches writing to incarcerated juveniles in the Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall. Her oldest son lives in Chicago and writes for The Onion, and her youngest is a junior in high school. They are both the funniest, kindest, smartest people she knows.

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