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Alicia (Dennis) Ortega '03 succeeds at Sundance

September 27, 2018
By Keystone Communications Team

The writing career of Alicia (Dennis) Ortega is progressing impressively.

In May, she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University, where her novel The Ghost You Deserve won the Robert Penn Warren Award for best MFA thesis in prose.

Her feature Righteous Acts was selected for both the Sundance Screenwriters Intensive in Los Angeles and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in Utah, where she attended workshops and mentor meetings with established filmmakers. She's currently the Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting fellow and a finalist for the SFFILM Westridge Grant.

In addition, she writes essays, short stories (including publications in The Arkansas International and Aquifer from The Florida Review), and screenplays.

After stints in San Francisco, New York, Baton Rouge, and Dallas, she recently moved back to San Antonio with her husband, Anthony, and cat, Magic Johnson. Her story, Only Tourists Remember the Alamo, is online in Aquifer.

After Keystone, she went to Stanford, where she studied English and Human Biology.

Jo-Ann Coffey says:
September 28, 2018 06:42 PM CST

Dearest Alicia... welcome home to Keystone! 

 Abi just took Creative Writing last year as a Junior but she plans to visit you and pick your brain... she loves to write!

Looking forward to seeing you again!

 Blessings - Jeremy’s mom ‘03 and Abi’s mom ‘19

Jo-Ann Coffey

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