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Northwestern University Students To Write ‘All My Children’ Episode

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Prospect Park will show how cool soaps are to the college crowed by offering students participating in Northwestern University’s annual Agnes Nixon Playwriting Festival the opportunity to pen an episode of the festival’s namesake’s beloved masterpiece, All My Children.

The writers and festival program will receive an outline (also known as a “breakdown) for an upcoming All My Children episode on April 29 following the shows premiere. Students will have one week to transform the outline into a completed episode. The school and festival will share a grant for their efforts.

Prospect Park’s founder and Northwestern alumna Jeff Kwatinetz said, “Agnes has been a pioneer in every way, she has inspired and nurtured the careers of countless individuals and we are truly honored that she is so actively involved in our efforts to breathe new life into her storied franchises.”

Northwestern University’s School of Communication playwriting professor Laura Schellhardt says it this experience is an exciting opportunity for students to gain insight into what it’s like to be a television writer.  “Interacting with the production team for ‘All My Children’ under the same parameters and time constraints facing  professional writer’s rooms is a privilege, and we’re honored to tackle a project so close to Ms. Nixon’s heart.  The project has also afforded us the opportunity to bring more guest artists to campus this quarter, which benefits the entire Agnes Nixon Festival team of undergraduate directors, actors and dramaturgs as well.”

Barbara O’Keefe, Dean, Northwestern University School of Communications, shared  her thoughts on the opportunity: “Agnes Nixon not only had the foresight to help us create and build our playwriting program at Northwestern—she is supporting our most talented students as they take the next steps in their development.  It is amazing that someone like Ms. Nixon, a pioneer in serialized television, is helping our twenty-first century students use the newest channels for presenting their work.”

“We wanted to honor her legacy and the festival that bears her name. What better way to do that than by giving some of the school’s best and brightest students the chance to craft an episode of one of her beloved creations, ‘All My Children’,” said Kwatinetz.

TVSource Magazine congratulates all of the writer’s on this amazing opportunity.

The Online Network’s All My Children and its sister soap One Life to Live return on April 29. We look forward to seeing the winner’s episode later this year.

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Johnathon K.

Johnathon K. is a staff writer for TV Source Magazine. With a love of soaps, the Super Sentai Series and gaming, John's passion comes through in his writing and as a featured host of the TV Source Podcast, where he also serves as producer.