I bring my experience as both a writer and a teacher to my manuscript consulting. I have written in multiple genres: playwriting, screenwriting, nonfiction, poetry, and even songwriting.
As a screenwriter, I have written and produced or co‑produced six short films, three of which I directed. They have all gone to multiple film festivals, including Palm Springs Shortfest, Dances with Films, Sedona International Film Festival, Ojai Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Breckenridge Film Festival, among many others. They have garnered two festival Audience Awards and two festival Jury Awards, as well as three Awards of Excellence from Best Shorts Competition, and the Bill Paxton Award (from Ojai Film Festival.) I have written several feature‑length screenplays that have been named finalists or semi‑finalists in a number of screenwriting competitions including Creative World Awards, StoryPros Screenplay Contest, New York City Screenplay Competition, Script Summit, and Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival.
As a playwright, my full‑length play, One White Crow, a top ten winner of the Writer's Digest Stage Play Competition, received its world premiere at Arena Players Repertory Theatre, and (in a revised form) was produced at Edgemar Center for the Arts. Love Struck, an evening of my one‑acts, about love, ran at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and starred the iconic Barbara Bain. Thicker Than Water, an evening of my one acts, about family, ran at the Promenade Playhouse and also starred Barbara Bain. My full‑length play, Dialectics of the Heart, won the Jewel Box Theatre Original Playwriting Competition and was produced at Edgemar Center for the Arts, where it starred three‑time Emmy nominee, Sharon Lawrence. My full‑length, Blue Jay Singing in the Dead of Night, also a top ten winner of the Writer's Digest Stage Play Competition, received a developmental workshop at Pacific Resident Theatre in Los Angeles. My short and one‑act plays have been produced in the U.S. and abroad. My ten‑minute play, The Unintended Video, won the Heideman award from Actors Theatre of Louisville and is published by Samuel French (now under the banner of Concord Theatricals.)
My poetry has been published in numerous magazines and journals including Bosque, Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, Rattle, ONTHEBUS, and Mothering magazine. As a nonfiction author, I co‑wrote the book RenWomen: What Modern Renaissance Women Have to Teach Us About Living Rich, Fulfilling Lives which is available at Amazon.
As a songwriter, I have written the lyrics and music to some 50 songs. Among my latest songs, "Radio Man" and "Plays with Matches" have been named Finalists in the Great American Song Contest, and "Radio Man" has been named a Bronze Medal Finalist in the Global Music Awards.
I have worked extensively with writers throughout the years. Every June, I lead a 5‑day workshop on "Story Structure for All Genres" at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. I have led several workshops at the prestigious San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference and Literary Festival in Mexico. I have taught "Finding Your Story" at Cal Arts as a visiting artist; have done story presentations at the Southern California Writers Association and the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights; and have taught general writing and screenwriting classes at Santa Barbara City College adult education. Besides my private consulting I also lead weekend story intensives once or twice a year.
Complete List of Writing Credits:
Love Struck, 8 One-Acts about Love - Beverly Hills Playhouse, BH, CA, May 2012
Thicker Than Water, 6 One Acts About Family - Promenade Playhouse, Santa Monica, CA, May 2011
One White Crow - Arena Players Repertory Theatre, Long Island, NY, February 2011; Edgemar Center for the Arts - slated to open April 2013
Blue Jay Singing in the Dead of Night - developmental workshop, Pacific Resident Theatre, Venice, CA, August 2011.
Dialectics of the Heart - Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2006
Identity –"Good Works Theatre Festival" - 2012; Love Struck, Beverly Hills Playhouse, 2012
Dirty Little Secret –Love Struck, Beverly Hills Playhouse, 2012; Finalist, West Coast 10-Minute Playwriting Contest, 2000
The One –Love Struck, Beverly Hills Playhouse, 2012
Jeremy's Fear –Love Struck, Beverly Hills Playhouse, 2012
The Session –Love Struck, Beverly Hills Playhouse, 2012
Matchmade –Love Struck, Beverly Hills Playhouse, 2012
The Dinner Guest – "Summer One-Act Festival," Gulport Community Players, 2011; Thicker Than Water, Promenade Playhouse, 2011
Going Home –"10- Minute Play Festival," Lakeshore Players Theatre - 2011; Thicker Than Water, Promenade Playhouse, 2011
Birthday Escape – Thicker Than Water, Promenade Playhouse, 2011; "The Writer Speaks," Three Roses Players, 2010
Plenty Papaya – Thicker Than Water, Promenade Playhouse, 2011; “The Writer Speaks,” Three Roses Players, October 2010
Out of the Rubble Thicker Than Water, Promenade Playhouse, 2011; "The Writer Speaks," Three Roses Players, January 2011; North Park Playwrights Festival, October 2010; "Twenty-Four Hour Plays," Pacific Resident Theatre, 2009
Amanda Split – Love Struck, Beverly Hills Playhouse, 2012, “Evolution of Love” Festival, Still Speaking Theatre, August 2010; 6 Women Playwriting Festival, April 2010
The Pact – “Twenty-Four Hour Plays” – Pacific Resident Theatre 2008
Apprenticeship – Bug Eye Theatre, 1998; Camino Real Playhouse, 1998
The Unintended Video – Actors Theatre of Louisville, 1997; Magnolia Theatre Company, NYC, 1997; and countless venues worldwide since
Tracy's Sin – Love Struck, Beverly Hills Playhouse, 2012; NoHo Festival, 1996; Love Creek Productions, 1995
The Unintended Video (one act version) – Road Theatre Company, 1995
The Dinner Guest - short film script based on my play, The Dinner Guest - 2017
Unintended - short film script based on my play, Unintended Video - 2017
Lost Music – short film script based on my play, Identity - 2013
Match Made – short film script adapted from my play Matchmade - 2012
One White Crow – feature length adaptation of my play, One White Crow
Commissioned by CBS to co-write teleplay: Words Up!
La Poésie du Corps, The Sander [bosque (the magazine) 2014]
Green [CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, Winter, 2005]
Ode to My Nipple [ONTHEBUS, 2005]
What I Want from Writing [Rattle, Poetry for the 21st Century, Winter 2002]
Upon Watching Charles Dance in Jewel in the Crown, Vigil, and Washing Sophie's Hair [Into the Teeth of the Wind, April/May 2000]
The Music Room, Cause for Wonder [The Lucid Stone, Summer 1998]
My Son's Grandmother [Mothering magazine, Spring. 1998]
Girlfriends [rivertalk, 1997]
Alec at Three [Mothering magazine, Spring, 1997]
S'échapper [The Lucid Stone, Winter 1995]
Writers Digest Stage Play Competition - Top Ten Winner for two of my full length plays
Jewel Box Theatre Original Playwriting Competition
Heideman Award, Actors Theatre of Louisville
Finalist for National Ten-Minute Play Contest, Actors Theatre of Louisville
4th Place – West Coast Ten-Minute Play Contest