Current Writing Projects

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Screenplay Rewrite +
Memoir Coaching

Katherine Lurie, CEO of Bottom Line Entertainment LLC, hires Diana to overhaul existing script; and to coach former porn star Brendan Claybourn through the writing of his full-length memoir telling the true story of his incredible journey.

Michele Wilson Jones

Screenplay plus TV Sitcom Pilot

Michele Wilson-Jones, retired Kentucky prosecutor, hires Diana to write an original screenplay based on the true story of a man with cerebral palsy, and his conflicted relationship with a dysfunctional family.  Michele also hires Diana and her protege Ben Phillipe to write the pilot for a new comedy–Ben’s stock in trade.

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Screenwriter-for-Hire Job – Complete!

Graeyhome Productions, newly founded by Sean Graham, hires Diana to write a screen trilogy retelling the story of Jesus from the viewpoint of reason and history without the necessity of God.  The Hollow Cross I: Joseph and Mary is finished and ready to rock the world. “Diana Amsterdam is master of her craft. She took […]

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Video Scripting for America’s #1 School-Wear Brand

Parham Santana, America’s brand architect, hires Diana to write two video scripts from concepting through final scripting–one pure image, the other initiative-specific.

Writing Tips and Teachings

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15 Resolutions that Writers Need 2015

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 […]

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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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What is a Story?

Story=Change!   In the course of a story, someone changes.  She goes from one place to another or as Mark Twain put it, “…a tale shall arrive somewhere.” Dorothy changes.  She learns to accept her home. Michael Corleone changes.  He commits to a life of violence. Katniss Everdeen changes.  She becomes a warrior. Look at any well-told story and […]

Writing Tips

Playwrights:
How to Get an Agent

I’m not going to lie to you: It is very difficult to get an agent.  The Dramatists Guild Directory, an invaluable resource, includes contact info for 20 agents.   And there are 6000 members of the Dramatists Guild. Then, there are all the playwrights who are not members of the union: around 29,000 writing in English […]

Writing Tips

How to Build a Protagonist

The main character in your story What do you need? This, my friends, is the basis of every protagonist: need. Need or what I call Deep Driving Desire is the first thing you must know when you’re writing a story be it play, screenplay, fiction or memoir.  What is your protagonist’s DDD?  Think of the story […]

Career News and Press

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TV/Film/Theater Stars in Industry Reading of Diana’s New Play: The Dodgers

Make love not war.  At any cost… Diana’s new play, directed by Dave Solomon, will be presented to the industry on Monday February 9 at 5 p.m.    The reading is not open to the public but is presented to a select group of producers, investors, and industry professionals, and produced by AKA Studio Productions.   […]

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How to Handle Comments on your Writing

As writers, we are given notes: other people’s opinions on 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 trust.  Select folks […]

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Carnival ‘Round the Central Figure: A Dying Man and a Cynical Televangelist

  Playwright Diana Amsterdam creates vivid characters, the preacher for one, and Maryanne, the hospital psychologist, is another. We first meet her lecturing on survival, and holding out the remote chance that death is not inevitable. She is portrayed by Courtney Lomelo – I relished her take on Maryanne – a bit insane but wonderfully […]

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Diana gains representation on both coasts

I am very pleased to announce that I am now repped for theater by my beloved agent in Manhattan, Elaine Devlin: edevlinlit@aol.com …and by my savvy manager in Los Angeles for film and TV, John E. Ferraro: john@valleywoodent.com  

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Featured client & tagline: American Girl — “Follow Your Inner Star”

I wrote this tagline for American Girl. Tell me your thoughts in the comments.