LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Rita Lakin, The Only Woman in the Room Monday, January 4th, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Writers, if you are thinking about taking your writing from the page to the screen at some point, you might want to take advantage of the opportunity to spend an evening with notable staff writer, producer and show biz professional, Rita Lakin. Rita Lakin was a pioneer, a female script writer in the early 1960s when Hollywood Television was exclusively male. For years, in creative meetings she was literally the only woman in the room. In this breezy but heartfelt remembrance, Lakin exposes us to a long-forgotten time when women were not considered worthy or welcome at the creative table. Widowed with three young children, she talked herself into a secretarial job at Universal Studios in 1962, despite being unable to type or take dictation. But with guts, skill and humor she rose from secretary to free-lancer, to staff writer, to producer, to executive producer and show-runner, meeting hundreds of famous and infamous show biz legends along the way during her long and unexpected career. She introduced many women into the business and was a feminist before she even knew she was a feminist. Unknown to the general public, she reached an audience of millions week after week, year after year.
Monday, August 4, 2008 || 7pm || Rita Lakin, screenwriter and author of “Getting Old is the Best Revenge” Book Passage – Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera || More writing is being done for the screen than ever before. Would you like to get a successful professional’s tips and advice about the ins and outs of that market? If so, be sure to come to our Left Coast Writers Literary Salon on Monday, August 4, 2008, at 7pm in the Gallery at Book Passage in Corte Madera for a dynamic presentation by author/screenwriter RITA LAKIN! Rita Lakin is a highly successful mystery novelist and an established television writer-producer and playwright. Her comedy mystery series revolves around an eccentric group of old ladies who become the oldest living private eyes in Florida. They include: “Getting Old is Murder,” “Getting Old is the Best Revenge,” “Getting Old is Criminal” and “Getting Old is to Die For.” Rita’s television credits include: Executive Producer of “Executive Suite,” creator and show-runner/ producer of “Flamingo Road” and “Nightingales.” She also created “The Rookies.” She wrote many MOW’S (Movies of the Week) including “Death Takes a Holiday,” “Summer Without Boys,” “Message to my Daughter” and “A Sensitive Passionate Man.” Her mini-series includes “Strong Medicine” and “Voice of the Heart.” Her two theatrical plays, “No Language but a Cry” and the musical “Saturday Night at Grossinger’s” (co-written) are still being produced. Her numerous awards include: WGA, EMMY, MWA (Mystery Writers of America) Edgar Allen Poe award adn teh prestigious Avery Hopwood Award from the University of Michigan. Lakin has just finished writing the fifth in her mystery series: “Getting Old is a Disaster.”