Current Writing Projects

TV Pilot writer-for-hire job

Dreamers and entrepreneurs who wish to bring a story to the world: You’re home! “Geography Club” is the story of teens who don’t fit into their conservative Midwestern high school.  Already a movie, it became the dream of a determined producer who hired Diana to write the original TV pilot–the first step toward making this dream a reality.

Nonfiction book query letter

Chef Kenneth Clay hires Diana to write the all-important query letter that goes out to agents and publishers for his original new cook book, “The Passion of Summer,” featuring Kenneth’s recipes for locally-sourced dishes with fresh natural ingredients. 

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.

Screenplay plus TV Pilot

“I’m blown away!” Michele Wilson-Jones, retired Kentucky prosecutor, is all fired up over the screenplay “Three-Minute Man” that Diana has just finished.  Next: Pilot for a new TV sitcom that Diana is writing with writing partner Ben Phillipe.

Career News

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 […]

“The Dodgers” hailed by critics in LA

“Richly evocative” — LA Times “Full of twists and turns so engrossing it’s a bit difficult to let go of the world once you’ve been in it.”  Young Hollywood Issue, Bello Magazine “Don’t miss this small wonder!” — LA Splash Online “Sure to be one of 2016’s hottest tickets!” — Stage Scene LA “Exquisitely captured.” […]

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 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 […]

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, […]