Richard Dene Pursel (born December 9, 1964; age 56) is an American television writer, screenwriter, and storyboard artist who was a writer for SpongeBob SquarePants. Pursel started writing episodes in season 5, and left after season 8, before briefly returning in season 10 as a freelance writer. He is currently freelance writing for Season 13.
Pursel is the third writer besides Kyle McCulloch and Dani Michaeli to have written for adult-oriented shows.
He also worked on The Ren & Stimpy Show along with Bob Jaques, Kelly Armstrong, Bob Camp, Lynne Naylor, Chris Reccardi, and Vincent Waller.
Besides SpongeBob, he also worked on other animated series, just as a writer, in The Goddamn George Liquor Program, The Ripping Friends, Robotboy, Tom and Jerry Tales, The Mighty B!, The Super Hero Squad Show, Ben 10: Omniverse, Mickey Mouse (2013 of short films), Wabbit, Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh, Victor & Valentino, and The New Woody Woodpecker Show; (that curiously, the latter was developed and created by Bob Jaques and Kelly Armstrong).