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Top 7% in the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting

Out of 7,442 scripts submitted to the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, I'm happy that my screenplay "Twang" made it into the top 7%. I feel fortunate that not only do I feel like my writing has improved (last year, a different script of mine was in the top 20%), but that I'm lucky enough to receive validation about that feeling from such a prestigious organization. 

"Twang" is the story of a 30-something divorced mom from rural Tennessee whose life is spinning out of control, who secretly returns to a fledgling career she abandoned long ago as a Nashville country music singer.

I'm eager to dig back in, re-write it with helpful comments from the Fellowship readers in September, and improve the script. Next year: finals!

Meanwhile, congrats to all the scripts and writers going to the next round!

#3 in the 2015 Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest!

#3 in the 2015 Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest!

In what Screencraft called "perhaps the most extended deliberations in ScreenCraft’s history," the judges selected my comedy screenplay "Maxed" as the #3 best comedy script in their 2015 Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest. I'm thrilled and honored to be recognized in such a large and distinguished field, and I've never been happier about shouting "I'm #3! I'm #3!"

What's "Maxed" about? When the son of an ex-hacker-turned-corporate-drone gets kidnapped, the unlikely hero must implant an experimental (and evil?) programming chip to get his boy back. It's a quirky take on that action/kidnapping/vigilante-style genre, which I love AND love to mess with.

Big thanks to all the judges in the contest!

2015 Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest Quarter-Finalist

One of my comedy feature screenplays, "Maxed," is a quarter-finalist in the 2015 Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest!

What's "Maxed" about? When the son of an ex-hacker-turned-corporate-drone gets kidnapped, the unlikely hero must implant an experimental (and evil?) programming chip to get his boy back. (I've always thought those kidnapped-kid/action films were perfectly set up for an oddball comedic take, so I took it.)

Thanks to the folks at Screencraft!