Will Mullins Rewrites His Definition of the “Good Life”

by Monica Hoel
As a script-writer, Will Mullins knows a thing or two about rewriting for meaningful effect.

He is a script and screenplay writer, and he’s been doing that sort of work ever since he graduated. “I actually began writing in college. I was an English major, and I remember writing poetry after taking a class with Dr. Felicia Mitchell.”

These days his pen creates a little less poetry in favor of a form of writing that creates a visual and tells a story. As a script writer, he has been honored for years for the work he has done. Most recently he won Honorable Mention honors in the long-running Screenplay Festival script competition. He actually won for two of his creations: The Manor and Fantasy Clash.

His fantasy script The Madness of Winter was a Bronze Award winner at the Los Angeles Sci-Fi & Horror Festival. Some of his other scripts advanced in various competitions, including the Scriptation Showcase, International Comedy Film Festival, the Screenwriting Master Contest, Lit Scares, So Cal Film Awards, and Culver City Film Festival.

When Will talks about his time at Emory & Henry he recalls how he and classmates discussed “the good life” – and how to define that.

He says Emory & Henry actually instilled in him one of those key elements of the good life: lifelong learning. “It’s a commitment to ideas and learning. Wanting to always be learning…and not have learning be something that just stops when you get your diploma. Sure, we can use those things in our career contexts…but that’s not the point of it. It’s about helping us achieve the ‘good life.’”

He says he was grateful to be around people who were so excited about art and music and literature and more. In fact, it was actually a political science professor, not an English professor, who may have had the greatest impact on his definition of the good life.

“Toward the end of my time in college, I took a lot of classes with Dr. Stephen Fisher, and I think as I was departing college I became more aware of the need for compassion in the world. So I’ve really tried to incorporate being thoughtful about the needs of others in my life philosophy. I’m still trying to learn and grow in that sense.”

You can enjoy a conversation with Will on the Duck Pond Wall Podcast.

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/156-eamph-alumnus-gary-reedy-named-ceo-of-american"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,666/851_alumni-gary-reedy.rev.1507730801.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,666/851_alumni-gary-reedy.rev.1507730801.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,666/851_alumni-gary-reedy.rev.1507730801.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,666/851_alumni-gary-reedy.rev.1507730801.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,666/851_alumni-gary-reedy.rev.1507730801.jpg" alt="Reedy, class of 78, speaks on campus." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,666/851_alumni-gary-reedy.rev.1507730801.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="666" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/156-eamph-alumnus-gary-reedy-named-ceo-of-american">E&H Alumnus Gary Reedy Is CEO of American Cancer Society</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Gary M. Reedy serves as the chief executive officer of the <a title="American Cancer Society Homepage" href="http://www.cancer.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">American Cancer Society</a>, placing the 1978 Emory & Henry graduate atop one of the most influential non-profit organizations in the nation. <a href="/live/news/156-eamph-alumnus-gary-reedy-named-ceo-of-american" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/191-marsha-wagoner-kayaking-into-the-sunset"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/1727_IMG-4387.rev.1513886589.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/1727_IMG-4387.rev.1513886589.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/1727_IMG-4387.rev.1513886589.JPG 3x"/> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/1727_IMG-4387.rev.1513886589.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/1727_IMG-4387.rev.1513886589.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/1727_IMG-4387.rev.1513886589.JPG 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/1727_IMG-4387.rev.1513886589.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/1727_IMG-4387.rev.1513886589.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/1727_IMG-4387.rev.1513886589.JPG 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/1727_IMG-4387.rev.1513886589.JPG" alt="Marsha Wagoner at Farmer's Hardware in Sparta, NC." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/1727_IMG-4387.rev.1513886589.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/1727_IMG-4387.rev.1513886589.JPG 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2400" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/191-marsha-wagoner-kayaking-into-the-sunset">Marsha Wagoner: Kayaking into the sunset??</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> After 80 years in business, Farmer’s Hardware in Sparta is saying goodnight. <a href="/live/news/191-marsha-wagoner-kayaking-into-the-sunset" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2391-chanel-burke-santiago-advocates-for-military"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,450,450/11580_chanel_santiago.rev.1657026563.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,450,450/11580_chanel_santiago.rev.1657026563.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,450,450/11580_chanel_santiago.rev.1657026563.jpg" alt="Chanel Burke Santiago Emory & Henry Class of 2004" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="450" data-max-h="450" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2391-chanel-burke-santiago-advocates-for-military">Chanel Burke Santiago Advocates for Military Veterans Through a VA Vet Center</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Chanel Burke Santiago is doing impactful work for Veterans, and it is very personal for her. <a href="/live/news/2391-chanel-burke-santiago-advocates-for-military" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2505-mollie-gore-on-the-evolving-energy-industry"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,332,2400,2732/12148_Gore_2022.rev.1663783764.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,332,2400,2732/12148_Gore_2022.rev.1663783764.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,332,2400,2732/12148_Gore_2022.rev.1663783764.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,332,2400,2732/12148_Gore_2022.rev.1663783764.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,332,2400,2732/12148_Gore_2022.rev.1663783764.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,332,2400,2732/12148_Gore_2022.rev.1663783764.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,332,2400,2732/12148_Gore_2022.rev.1663783764.jpg" alt="Mollie Rorrer Gore E&H Class of 1984" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,332,2400,2732/12148_Gore_2022.rev.1663783764.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,332,2400,2732/12148_Gore_2022.rev.1663783764.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2400" data-max-h="2400" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2505-mollie-gore-on-the-evolving-energy-industry">Mollie Gore on the Evolving Energy Industry</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Mollie Rorrer Gore feels hopeful about the future of energy. <a href="/live/news/2505-mollie-gore-on-the-evolving-energy-industry" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2407-matt-long-is-a-partner-in-his-law-firm"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,8,350,358/11659_Matt_Long.rev.1658355157.png 1x"/> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,8,350,358/11659_Matt_Long.rev.1658355157.png 1x"/> <source type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,8,350,358/11659_Matt_Long.rev.1658355157.png 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,8,350,358/11659_Matt_Long.rev.1658355157.png" alt="Matt Long Emory & Henry Class of 2003" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="350" data-max-h="350" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2407-matt-long-is-a-partner-in-his-law-firm">Matt Long is a Partner in His Law Firm</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Are you looking for an attorney? Better call Matt.</p><a href="/live/news/2407-matt-long-is-a-partner-in-his-law-firm" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>