Current Writing Projects

Script coaching and collaboration on short film script

        Khushnuda Shukurova hires Diana to consult and collaborate on “Detained,” about a Muslim family stopped from entering America.  The film has attracted financing and is in production. Filmmaker Shukurova says, “Diana has an exceptional ability to guide you and make sure you become a better storyteller. ”  

Screenplay-for-hire for Wyoming criminal defense lawyer

Nick Carter hires Diana to write a new screenplay based on an unsung hero of the American Revolution: Henry Knox who trekked across the Berkshires with a ragtag band of soldiers in search of the mythic cannons at Fort Ticonderoga.

Script coaching + producing NYC reading

Through successive drafts of Tony Canino’s outstanding new play, “Rough Justice,” Diana advises and guides to the best possible script. Watch for a 2018 production in NYC!

Screenplay-for-Hire

Ben Edwards, CEO of Spyglass Books LLC, hires Diana to write an original screenplay that tells the story of a high school girl in Naugatuck,  Connecticut who, with the help of a magical spyglass, combats bullies at her school and saves the life of a boy at risk.

Career News

Prestigious one-act festival accepts 10-minute play

Two teen girls post about a sex party on Facebook. Soon they face blow-back from their parents and a mortal blow to their friendship. Diana’s new 10-minute play. “Low Selfie,”  will be produced for the first time at the Short & Sweet Festival, fall 2018.   http://shortandsweet.org.nz/#about-festival  

Review for Fast Girls production by Old Academy Players

My play FAST GIRLS was recently produced by the Old Academy Players, a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance in East Falls (Philadelphia), PA. “Ensconced in a cozy, lived-in, cluttered set presides a comical play about women, with a Neil Simon sensibility. The title belies the truth of the tale told. The room is homey […]

Diana Brings Together Clients and Producers

November 2016 kicks off with the first gathering in New York City for the formation of Shareholder Productions. Watch here for more news about how you can be part of this unique community powered by the writing, drive and dreams of its members.

Applause Books Submission Criteria

Attention writers and actors! Applause Books, one of America’s biggest play publishers, wants to publish a volume of scenes and monologues for the older actor.  I’ve been hired to find and compile a collections of monologues and scenes for “Later Chapters: The Best Scenes and Monologues for Actors over  50.” Have you written a monologue or […]

Tips & Teachings

32 Indispensable Screenwriting Tips

1) Follow accepted industry story structure.  If you don’t know it, write and I’ll send you my Structure Chart. 2) Write about somebody who needs something desperately.  What is needed is deep not trivial.  He needs to survive. She needs self-esteem.  He needs family.  She needs health. 3) When you know what your protagonist needs then you show […]

How much do you listen?

Smart Writer’s Guide to Notes! Writers get notes: suggestions about how to rewrite a particular piece of work. Notes may be as informal as your boyfriend’s comments on that last chapter or as rigorous as a sit-down with an influential producer. When do you listen? When do you not? Choose just a few people you […]

15 Resolutions that Writers Need to Make

Whether you’re a newcomer to writing or an established pro, I know you’ll find value in my list of crucial do’s. 1. Do the prep work.  Writing is a series of decisions; some are made prior to the actual composition.  These include calculating the time-frame of your story (chronology), deciding on cast of characters, establishing […]

How to Write an Outline

Do write an outline, first.  It isn’t as much fun as free-flow writing, but it saves you a lot of time. Whether you’re writing a screenplay, play, TV pilot or fiction, the same principles apply. To begin, understand this.  Something has to happen in your story.  Something has to happen. I call things-that-happen events.  However, […]

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