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'Mad Men' writers Andre and Maria Jacquemetton wrap up MSMC's 'Distinguished Writers' series

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"Mad Men" writers Maria and Andre Jacquemetton (center and right) stand next to "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner at a reception celebrating the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards. The Jacquemettons will speak at Mount St. Mary's College on Jan. 16. 

Talented voices from some of the most popular shows on television and film have spoken at Mount St. Mary’s College this school year, as part of the Mount’s open-to-the-public “Distinguished Voices in Writing” forums. On Jan. 16, Mount St. Mary's welcomed the husband-and-wife writing team from AMC's hit show "Mad Men." 

Andre and Maria Jacquemetton have written as a duo for television drama series for more than two decades. Together, they have earned four Writers Guild of America Awards, two Producers Guild Awards, three writing Emmy nominations and have shared in three "Mad Men" best drama series Emmys. The Jacquemettons are currently signed to a writing deal with Warner Brothers Television.

On Thursday, Jan. 16, Andre and Maria Jacquemetton talked about their writing process, discussed what it's like in a TV writers room, and shared what it takes to construct a story for a show like "Mad Men." The evening began with a special screening of an Emmy-nominated episode of "Mad Men" that features the Jacquemettons' writing. 

“We feel incredibly fortunate to have such talented writers visiting with us here at the Mount,” says Dr. Katherine Boutry, a Humanities faculty member who has hosted the series. Dr. Boutry is a writer herself, with television credits that include shows such as “Missing” and “Haunting Hour.”  

“The series was designed to bring great voices in creative writing to the Mount as inspiration to our students and alums,” Dr. Boutry says, “and to give us a chance to give back to the community by offering a forum for creative discussions.”

RSVPs are required to attend all "Distinguished Writers" series forums. Send your RSVP to mountspeakers@gmail.com. General admission is $10, to be paid by cash or check at the door; $5 for WGA members; free to Mount St. Mary’s College students, faculty and staff.

The series is presented to the public by Mount St. Mary’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, and take place on the College's Doheny Campus. For questions, or to RSVP, e-mail mountspeakers@gmail.com

To learn more about the Mount's new MFA in Creative Writing, visit: http://www.msmc.la.edu/graduate-programs/master-of-fine-arts-in-creative-writing.asp.

The first four speakers to take part in Mount St. Mary’s “Distinguished Voices in Writing” series have included:

  • September 19: Dan O’Shannon (“Modern Family,” “Cheers” and “Frasier”)
  • October 24: Glen Mazzara (“The Walking Dead,” “The Shield” and “Hawthorne”)
  • November 7: Marcos McPeek-Villatoro (Poet, novelist and two-time Emmy-winning filmmaker; “Tamale Road.” McPeek-Villatoro also holds the Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair of Writing at Mount St. Mary’s and is the College’s director of Journalism and New Media)
  • January 16: Andre and Maria Jacquetmetton (A married, Emmy Award-winning writer-producer duo; “Mad Men”)