DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 137 Emerging Writers

The ISA is proud to announce our current Development Slate. Writers are considered for the Slate by invitation only.

I'm an award-winning screenwriter. Sold 5 scripts. 5 published books. My book on how to write screenplays went to #1 on Amazon Kindle. You can learn more...    www.ScreenwriterDave.com
Travis is a multi award-winning writer and self-proclaimed conqueror of personal fears. In 2010 he wrote a low budget, modern-day western called Day of Reckoning. Ten years later, that script has been optioned by Papa Octopus Productions with production planned for 2020. Currently, Travis has four other feature film projects under contract with companies like Sixth Sense Productions, Votiv Films, and Eclectic Pictures. Among his other achievements, Travis counts swimming with sharks, hunting ghosts at a haunted opera house, and taking his fear of heights to the top of a Mayan temple.When he’s not working his day job as a Post Production professional, Travis writes and spends time with his two kids in the hope of adding another accomplishment to his list, raising two well-adjusted adults.   Writing...
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Scott C. Reynolds is a writer, comedian and teacher. Oh and a software engineer. That’s just his day job,but he’d be happy to leverage the fact that he has software patents if it got him a writing gig somehow. His work can be seen in McSweeney’s, Splitsider, and other places around the web and in files on his Dropbox. Recently, he’s had pilot scripts place in the semifinals in the Austin Film Fest and the Top 5 in Final Draft Big Break. He's studied and performed sketch and improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade and around NYC. He really loves TV, like, maybe a little too much, and if you were to have a drink at a bar he’d order a whiskey ginger with cherries in it then wait calmly for you to say something about it.
Bob Stromberg is the co-author of the hit play Triple Espresso  (a higly caffeinated comedy).  He also created the one-man show, That Wonder Boy, which won top honors at the United Solo Theater Festival in NYC. Bob is the creator of the online course “Mastering the Craft of Creativity” and the weekly podcast “The Wide Eyed Creative”. In 2008 he met screenwriter Duane Kellogg  Jr. and the two have since spent months on Facetime creating their stories.  The partnership has been a great source of joy and inspiration.   
Shayna Weber is a screenwriter, producer and director who came on board ISA after starting a family and making the transition out of reality television and into film, recently producing Lunch Ladies, an award-winning short film and directing her first short film, VIF. Previously, Shayna worked as a producer of reality programming for network, cable and online channels for the hit shows, So You Think You Can Dance, RuPaul's Drag Race, Weakest Link and VH1’s Bands Reunited, among others. She is part of TwinBridges Screenwriting Salon.   
When I watch a movie or TV I like to be transported, to escape. My writing reflects that need to break from reality and to be a bit cheeky in the process. Ghosts, goddesses, demons and ethereal cats populate my magical worlds.  A bit about me, the person: I'm an American writer living in Oxford, England with my husband, two sons, and three cats. I've lived all over the world - in 6 countries outside of the US and 8 States. So far my favorite place is Florence, Italy with Cornwall, UK coming in at a close second. I was a theater major at Northwestern Univ and am full of Purple Pride! Now about writing: I started in 2008 when life circumstances forced me to stop acting & directing and find a new creative outlet. My sometimes writing partner and I thought it would be a good idea to write a sequel to 'Northern...
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My name is Sam Thompson, and god damn, I love writing movies. Anything from short films, to features, if it can be filmed it can be written! SO, I guess you're reading this because you want to know more about me, right? Awesome! Well, strap in, and get ready for the unofficial weirdest Bio on this website. Originally hailing from  New Jersey (And to answer your question, no, I don't gym tan and laundry, bruh), I moved to West Virginia to pursue a degree in broadcast journalism, where I discovered the school's film club. After pitching them a script idea in the first meeting I ever went to, the group loved it, and quickly produced it. After getting a taste of what it was like to see my words come to life, I was hooked. That was in 2014. Since then, I have interned at the Sundance Film festival twice, the Cannes...
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Dale Winton is an awarded advertising copywriter by day and a passionate screenwriter by night and weekend. He loves creating fresh, provocative and topical stories that challenge the status quo, often told from a minority’s POV. It’s why you’ll find streetwise drag queens, drug-dealing Nigerians, closeted bisexuals and strong female leads helping to explore his themes. Dale has been a finalist in numerous top screenwriting contests, he holds an evaluated score of 8 on The Black List, has two scripts on Coverfly's Red List, pitched several show ideas to Netflix International Originals and is a Stowe Story Lab alumnus.  Nowadays, instead of trying to move products off shelves, Dale prefers to pen scripts that move people’s hearts and minds.    
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www.rumhouse.net   for  detailed information on M B's  catalog of award winning content.   Dubbed the 'King of Cry' for his strong dramatic scenes, M B  is a produced writer whose scripts have been requested by executives with 20th Century Fox, Sony Entertainment Pictures and personally requested by Academy Award Winning Actor Jeff Bridges.  "Mr. Sieve's first ever screenplay 'Rum House' was 1 of 3 feature script winners of our festival contest of over 1100 submissions. 'Rum House' was easily the best screenplay out of the three and perhaps one of the best written scripts we have ever performed at our festival event. Michael is definitely a writer on the rise and a true talent." -Matthew Toffolo, Festival Director,. Over 60 Film Writing Awards including Grand Prize for Best...
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Jesse and Jerren specialize in writing genre films that thrust well-drawn characters into high-concept premises. Horror flicks and action thrillers that deliver the goods fans of these genres crave, but rounded out by crisp, clever dialogue, humor, and fully realized people dreaming, scheming, and screaming their way through the stories. They like entertainments, big and small, that can sneak in themes about the world. To them, RoboCop is a perfect movie. A smart, violent, even thoughtful sci-fi/action movie seething with satire that makes it timeless. More recently, they’ve loved the elevated genre-bending of films like The Invisible Man, Upgrade, Snowpiercer, and Knives Out. They recently completed post-production on their first feature film, which Jerren directed,...
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Most recently, Nancy co-wrote the comedy feature Taffeta with Heather McNama, a project they developed with Kyra Sedgwick and her company, Big Swing Productions.  Kyra is attached to direct. In 2017, they landed a spot in Outfest Film Festival’s prestigious Screenwriters Lab. On the TV side, the pair sold a foster-oriented project to The Disney Channel, wrote the half-hour comedy The F Word, the hour-long drama pilot Social Work, a spec of Elementary, and their Parks & Recreation sample landed in the top six scripts at Austin Film Festival.  Their play, Resolution, which received its world premiere in Chicago in 2016, was nominated for Chicago’s prestigious Jeff Award for Best New Play.   They’ve written for the Legacy Awards for Elizabeth Banks, Norman Lear, Lena Waithe,...
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Writing elevated thrillers and stories of adventure and transformation, David Keith Miller's 17 produced screenplays include WRITTEN IN BLOOD with Peter Coyote, TIME LAPSE with Roy Scheider and THE GLASS CAGE with Eric Roberts. He presently has three scripts under option.His newest spec THE ASSASSIN'S DAUGHTER received "Recommend" coverage from Screenplayreaders.com.His comic thriller DOUBLE INDIANA won the Texas Film Institute screenplay competition quarterfinaled in the 2016-2017 Launch Pad and Fresh Voices competitions with a Spotlight Award nomination for Best Dialogue, and won him a mentorship with a-list scribe Andrew Baldwin. His historical drama THE BOOK OF REVENGE won Best in Genre in Table Read My Screenplay's 2015 L.A. competition, won Coverage, Ink's "Get Repped Now" 2015 competition, was a...
Adam Fidler was born in Queens, New York and currently resides in Los Angeles. He grew up loving the films of Darabont, Scorsese, Tarantino, and the Coen Brothers. He holds an MFA in Screenwriting from the AFI, where he studied under Oscar-winning writers and learned to master his craft. He also carries a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication. His first script out of school won him the 2016 ISA Fast Track Fellowship. 
I’ve engaged four excellent editors over the years, and carefully evaluated contest feedback to polish my scripts to a level of professionalism. The Floating World (action/adventure/animation), and Bison Man (Drama) now both regularly place in screenwriting competitions, but I'm ready to see the stories on the big screen. Really, really ready. I'm sorry the sea adventure will be so expensive, but modern audiences will be fascinated with the phenomenal, echolocation universe of the whales. Big films require big screens. Prior to screenwriting I marketed Earth @ Sky, an internationally succesful, science radio program, and before that I taught secondary English and science.
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Ryan P. Shrime's screenplay, PLEASE DON'T DIE, ROGER BERMAN, just won 3rd place out of 2000 submissions in the Emerging Screenwriters Feature competition.Ryan has been acting, writing, and producing since he graduated from Harvard University with an honors degree in Economics. Having made numerous appearances in film and television, he is a graduate of the three-year Meisner training program at the William Esper Studio in New York, and has also studied at Berg Studios and the Lesly Kahn Studio in Los Angeles, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre both in New York and Los Angeles, with the Michael Checkhov Acting Studio in New York, the American Repertory Theater in Boston and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He co-wrote/created/executive produced the acclaimed web series, Bathroomies, produced The...
Sean Collins-Smith is a former midnight crime journalist and Bruce Springsteen-addict from Richmond, Virginia. Between covering homicides in the back of a news van at 2:30 a.m. and working 16-hour days, Sean read pilot scripts and began entering screenplay contests in 2017. He placed as a finalist in the Austin Film Festival's AMC One-Hour Pilot competition that year with his first script, "End of Life". His second pilot, "Lifers Anonymous," was written in 2018 and helped Sean win the ISA Fast-Track Fellowship, which connected him to his current manager, Jewerl Ross. Sean returned to the AFF as a finalist for the second consecutive year in October, where he won the inaugural Barry Josephson Fellowship. All told, he has placed as a finliast or semifinalist in two dozen competitions. Sean moved out to L.A. in December,...
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Randall's first theatrical production was the Drama-Logue Award-winning play, FATHER'S NOSE BLEEDS!, which he co-wrote with Jim Landis.  It ran twelve weeks to sold-out audiences in Los Angeles.  Since then, Randall has had a number of indie-thrillers produced, including FAREWELL, MY LOVE, which he also directed.  His short film, CONVERGENCE, was nominated for the Best Arizona Film at the Sedona Film Festival.  In 2019, he sold his screenplay, COLD WAR REQUIEM, that is now set to shoot in Fall, 2020.  Most recently, Randall's newest spec script, A WELL-REGULATED MILITIA, won both the Creative Screenwriting and Emerging Screenwriters contests in the mystery genre.  
David is an award-winning screenwriter whose love for cinema started at the age of five, when he would recruit his identical twin brother to help him reenact his favorite movie scenes for their parents. David’s passion continued with theatre studies in high school, and he ultimately joined the Screen Actors Guild in 2009. After taking a creative writing course in college, David realized he wanted to be a screenwriter. Since then, he has completed nearly two dozen feature length screenplays and television pilots. In 2017, David was selected as an ISA Fast Track Fellow. He has also placed in several of the most prestigious screenwriting competitions, including the Academy Nicholl Fellowships (semi-finalist), Final Draft Big Break (finalist), Page Awards (category Top 20), ScreenCraft (finalist) and Tracking Board...
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David Sullivan is a horror writer. Blending folklore and mythology with contemporary social issues, he crafts thought-provoking pieces of entertainment with highly specific world-building, shivery fun and a unique language of horror imagery. He has been an ISA Stowe Story Labs Fellow and a Finalist for the Warner Bros. Television Writers' Workshop.