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New Role at Writers Studio

Published October 20, 2018 by Philip Ivory

I’m pleased to announce I’ve been asked to assume a new role at the Tucson branch of Writers Studio. In addition to continuing to be a teacher on the intermediate level, I’ll be serving as assistant director and working closely with branch director Reneé Bibby. 

Here’s some info about the program and its philosophy, from our web site at

“The Writers Studio, founded in 1987 by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Philip Schultz, offers ongoing writing workshops — both on site and online — designed to help students discover and nurture their own voices. We welcome students at all stages, from those who have only dreamed of writing fiction or poetry to those with MFAs hungry for additional serious, ongoing instruction. Students provide the desire to write and the willingness to learn, and we provide the structure, the technical know-how, the professional feedback and the friendly community to enable them to reach their full potential.”

Janelle Drumwright, who has done an amazing job as Tucson branch assistant director for years, is relocating to another city. I hope I can carry on in her spirit and continue to bring the Writer Studio discipline and devotion to craft to students looking to expand and improve their skills. I’ll also be involved in outreach to potential students and planning of special events.

I started as a student in the program, and its emphasis on craft and the importance of creating a distinctive persona narrator for every piece of writing has been extremely helpful to me. It jump-started me after a long period of non-writing and put me on the road to getting work published. I can definitely attest to the program’s effectiveness.

New classes will be starting in January. Writers of all experience levels are welcome. Online classes are available as well as our in-person classes here in Tucson. Feel free to send me any questions about the program at









COPD: Highly Illogical … an upcoming film about Leonard Nimoy

Published March 1, 2016 by Philip Ivory

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Click here to see the trailer for COPD: Highly Illogical.

The trailer for the upcoming film “COPD: Highly Illogical” is narrated by  John de Lancie (“Q” of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) and features Julie Nimoy, daughter of beloved actor Leonard Nimoy of “Mr. Spock” fame.  Leonard Nimoy died just over a year ago of complications related to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

I’m very excited to be involved in this important project, which will be released later this year, during the 50th anniversary of the debut of the original “Star Trek.” I’m proud to have written the trailer and to be involved in scripting the upcoming film, which is in production now.

It’s the true story of Leonard Nimoy’s personal battle against this disease … and his final mission to speak out and educate others about the dangers of COPD, which affects approximately 30 million Americans but remains little understood by the general public.

As someone who has spent a good part of his career writing about progressive, life-threatening diseases like the muscular dystrophies and ALS, it feels natural for me to be part of Leonard Nimoy’s mission to broaden awareness of COPD. The goal is to help all of us better understand how COPD can be prevented, treated and — one day — cured so that families will no longer lose loved ones to this often fatal but preventable disease.

And as a lifelong Star Trek fan (yes, I’ve been to conventions and I even own my own tribble and set of Klingon battlecruiser blueprints) it’s just very cool to be connected to Leonard Nimoy’s legend and the grand mythos created so long ago by Gene Roddenberry. With the success of the new “Star Trek” films produced by J.J. Abrams, it seems that Roddenberry’s optimistic, operatic vision for the future still has a lot of life in it, even after 50 years of storytelling.

I’ll post more as the film develops. It promises to be a very moving story about Leonard Nimoy and his family, but also about all families fighting COPD. I hope it will be a game-changer in sparking awareness to prevent more lives from being lost to COPD.

Live Long and Prosper!