DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 176 Emerging Writers

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

Writing thrillers and action-adventure, 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 a script in pre-production with Shane Walker and three others in development with Living Stone Productions (BE) and Kai Media Group UK Ltd.He has quarterfinaled in the Austin competition, placed in the top 50 in the Launch Pad competition, and won a mentorship with A-list scribe Andrew Baldwin. Mr. Miller has an MFA in Theater from Yale University and a Master Screenwriter certificate from ScreenwritingU. Mr. Miller has written for hire for MPCA, CineTel, American Film Partners and Living Stone (BE) and is experienced, flexible and resourceful on writing assignments. He has an MFA in Theater from Yale...
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David Wappel is a Jersey-born, North Carolina-raised feature writer. Wappel's work will be featured in this year's HBO New York Latino Film Festival in the film Long Gone By for which he wrote the shooting script. He has also story consulted on a number of documentary projects, including Quest of the Muscle Nerd. Wappel's latest screenplay, The Last Farm, was a Semifinalist at the Austin Film Festival in the HUMANITAS Originals Category, and was also accepted to the Fall 2019 Stowe Story Lab as an Honorable Mention for the ISA Fellowship. Wappel's work often includes themes of sibling relationships, reluctant leadership, and private courage.  Non-screenwriting projects include the twitter handle @ScriptByShakes where Wappel translates famous movie lines into the Elizabethan tongue, as well as Lightning...
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Jordan Trippeer is a produced writer whose eclectic mind, adventurous childhood and preference for The X-Files over Sesame Street while growing up set the course for her creative future. She has developed a daring writing style that contrasts and complements her demure persona and her work has been lauded for its “fascinating, flawed characters, immersive world building, and mischievous originality.” While genre agnostic, her film and tv writing primarily focuses on underdogs, outsiders, and everymen encountering the extraordinary and fantastical in their grounded lives.  Raised by a nomadic family, Jordan’s life has been one endless adventure. She’s luged into volcano calderas in New Zealand, pulled dinosaur vertebrae and gold nuggets from the earth of the American southwest, and...
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After building a successful career in tech and marketing startups, Elena Perez decided it was more fun (and faster) to shape the future in stories than in real life. Taking inspiration from her multicultural heritage and her background in technology, Elena's work often explores how personal context (culture, gender, economic status, time period, etc.) influences identity. She's a writer who gravitates toward dark, heartfelt and high-concept stories. In the past year, her TV pilots and short stories have been recognized by WeScreenplay, ScreenCraft, PAGE and Final Draft Big Break, among others. She is a 2021 ISA Fast Track Fellow, a 2020 Stowe Story Labs Fellow, CineStory TV alum and also earned an M.A. poetry on a full fellowship. Elena recently moved to Los Angeles from New York City’s Lower East Side. She...
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Erica Tachoir is a writer, director, and actor based in Brooklyn. Her screenplay SCATTERING JAKE was an Academy Nicholl Semifinalist, a Final Draft Big Break and PAGE Award Finalist, and a WeScreenplay and Table Read My Screenplay Austin winner. She was named to the 2018 Young & Hungry List, chosen for the ISA's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2019, and selected for NYWIFT's From Script to Preproduction lab. Her short film TOO SUNNY FOR SANTA (starring Natalia Dyer from Stranger Things) screened at festivals across the country from Newport Beach to Nashville and garnered awards from AmericanLife TV and the Russell Hexter Filmmaking Fund, among others. With her comedy writing partner Corinne Caputo, she co-wrote and starred in the web series LIFE, AFTER, a short film BE THE CHANGE, and a video series...
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I've been writing screenplays on and off since the 80s as a hobby.  I finished a 13-year position as a film rater on the MPAA ratings board, then started my own film ratings consulting company, Film Rating Advisors, to assist filmmakers with rating issues and make sure most of their film's content is not sacrificed by unnecessary edits before they take their official rating code.  And have been a Clint Eastwood/Sergio Leone aficionado my entire life.   
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A. J. BERMUDEZ is an award-winning writer and director who divides her time between Los Angeles and New York. Her past works include The Face of the Earth (winner of the Diverse Voices Award, 2018), Nightingale (winner of the Cinequest Film Festival, 2017), and Hunt (HBMG Foundation Selection, 2017). Her work has been featured at the Yale Center for British Art, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the LBGT Toronto Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and in a number of literary publications, including McSweeney’s, The Masters Review, Boulevard, Story, The Chicago Review, Hobart, Black Static, Gertrude Press, Concīs, Sick Lit, White Hot, Exposition Review, Cheap Pop, Iron Horse Literary Review, Lunch Ticket, The Offing, The Baltimore Review, Fictional International, Columbia...
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Movieguide $10,000 Kairos Prize winner and first-generation Norwegian-American Birgit Syran Myaard (pronounced BEERgit saRAN MYerd) draws inspiration for her writing from her heritage, aspects of her former work as a CIA biographical analyst, experiences gained living over half her life overseas (most recently in Australia), and explorations of US culture through the eyes of people she met overseas. Currently, she is writing a biopic on Walter Camp, the "Father of American Football."
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MEG SWERTLOW is a dance floor queen, native Angeleno (yes, they exist) and Gryfinndor (even though she could totally be a Slytherin... she just chooses not to be). She's also a badass screenwriter and director determined to use her energetic personality to be a strong female force in Hollywood. The daughter of two entertainment journalists, Meg has been obsessed with movies and television since the womb. Her favorite pastime in high school was walking through the aisles of Blockbuster memorizing movie covers. Meg uses her humor and passion to create female-forward, genre scripts that are filled with funny women who challenge the norms imposed upon them.  Most recently, Meg optioned an Untitled Wedding Feature with Four Leaf Productions and is developing a romcom with actress Jessy Schram. She was named one of...
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STEVEN A. FINLY, WGAw - 2019;  Stevenfinly@sbcglobal.net  - (818-730-9506) - http://www.stevenfinly.comManager, Richard Lowry, (514) 585-3505 - (310) 299-2983 Steven A. Finly has been a writer and musician since his teenage days growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan.  Steven’s passion for creative writing -- in any media -- has been a driving force in his life.  His first screenplay, "Off Season." sold just days after completing it, and his first novella, “Blind Trust,” was made into the feature film “BLACKHEART.”  With such early successes, Steven became hooked on writing.  As a member of the Writers Guild of America, West, he’s had seven of his screenplays produced and has garnered over 15 writing awards.  Steven's current novel,...
Yvonne Paulin, screenwriter from Stamford, Connecticut, received a Screenwriting Certificate from the New York University’s School of Professional Studies in 2015. Her scripts have placed in several screenwriting contests and film festivals. 13 MINUTES was the Genre Winner/Action in the 2020 ISA Network Fast Track, was selected for the 2018 Bahamas Film Fest Writers Residency Program, was selected for the 2018 Athena Film Fest LA TV & Screenwriting Labs, and was a Finalist in the Screenplay Competition at the 2017 Napa Valley Film Fest. Her feature, THE TRAIL, won top 50 in the 2020 ISA Network Fast Track, was a Second Rounder at the 2020 Austin Film Fest, was Semi-Finalist in the 2019 Nicholl Fellowship Competition, was Grand Prize winner at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival Catalyst...
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Elaine is humbled to be a fellow in the HBO Writers Program, chosen for the CBS Writers Program, and a Semi-Finalist for the Sundance Episodic Lab. She is currently staffed on the new Gossip Girl reboot for HBO Max, premiering in late 2020. She is grateful to have been named as one of the Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2019 by the International Screenwriters Association. She has had scripts place in the world-renowned PAGE Awards (Top Ten), Austin Film Festival (3 times), Final Draft Big Break (Top Ten), and the ISA (Grand Prize for Table Read My ScreenPlay and Top 50 for Fast Track). Other notable writing competition placements include Scriptapalooza (1st Runner Up), Blue Cat, and Script Pipeline. Elaine wrote/directed an indie episodic series, “DOXXED”, about a woman who must deal with the...
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Rebecca Jordan Smith is a feature and television writer who conjures empathy for characters through her unique voice, thoughtful tone, attention to detail and genuine love of structure. A former actor, most notable in Barry Levinson's Liberty Heights, and former recording artist signed to Elektra Records and Clive Davis' J Records, Rebecca has been exploring the art and craft of storytelling for over half her life. As a songwriter, she has been recognized by the Songwriters Hall of Fame with the Abe Olman Award and her original compositions have been recorded by Prince and Kelly Clarkson among others. Rebecca has worked as a Producer in commercial music and teaches songwriting at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and NYU Steinhardt in NYC. Orientation, Rebecca's first screenplay, is an intimate and...
Laurie Weltz's debut film, WRESTLING WITH ALLIGATORS, premiered at Sundance, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, and went on to play many other festivals, winning awards at several.  Alligators starred Joely Richardson, Aleksa Palladino, Claire Bloom, Adrienne Shelly, Sam Trammel, and Jay O. Sanders and was released theatrically and on video and television. Laurie’s second feature film, ABOUT SCOUT aka SCOUT, based on her award winning script was released in 2016 both theatrically and on VOD and DVD after a successful festival run. The film stars India Ennenga, Ellen Burstyn, Danny Glover, Jane Seymour, Nikki Reed and James Frecheville. Laurie is currently in development on the feature film, THE NIGHT SWIMMER, and a television pilot, THE NARRATIVE.  She has written two other optioned...
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Rob Burke got his start in the world of make believe as a drama major at Colorado College. He then went on to law school and became a partner in a law firm where he specialized in defending clients in catastrophic loss cases. Recently, however, he left the legal world behind in order to pursue his true passion - creative writing. As both a playwright and screenwriter, he has created works that have been seen on stages and festivals in the U.S., UK, and Dubai.
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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.
ISA Development Slate! Lacey is a writer focused on coming of age stories for women, living in NY. Her writing has been featured on Reductress and awarded at festivals like -- Page Turner, Atlanta, Cinequest, Chicago, Genre Screenplay, Nashville, Screencraft, Stowe and Austin. Four of her scripts have been showcased on The Black List as among the reader's favorites on the site, and her pilot GIMME DANGER ranks in the Top 7% of scripts hosted on Coverfly. Lacey is also an actor and comedian, her episode of "Ilana Glazer Presents: Tight Five" set to premiere this spring.
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Lisa Garvey writes about outsiders trying to find their place in the world, which usually involves the character going down an absurd rabbit hole. As an outsider herself with an outsized imagination, she gravitates toward genre stories using dark humor that are thought-provoking, yet quirky and fun. In 2020 Lisa was hired as an additional writer to rewrite Double Eye Productions’ FINDING PANDORA X, a live, interactive virtual reality theater performance that won Best VR Immersive User Experience at the 2020 Venice International Film Festival and the Audience Award/Virtual Cinema Spotlight at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival. Lisa is currently working on an upper middle-grade speculative novel, which won an Independent Author Fellowship in 2019. Her novella, THE STREET ENTERS THE HOUSE, is a finalist for the 2020...
Rachel McClard is a lesbian TV writer who tells drama stories about female protagonists challenging the status quo with themes centered around flawed relationships, independence, and identity. She grew up in the deep South in a strict Christian household. So strict, in fact, her mother was convinced Rachel was destined to marry a Baptist preacher. As a tomboy and the child of adoption, Rachel struggled to fit in the traditional confines of this world. Her journey of self-discovery started at age 20 after she graduated from Baylor University. She set her sights on Hollywood and writing for TV and film. This journey also led her to the most honest version of herself when she finally came out as a lesbian. This fact informs the diverse and inclusive TV dramas she writes As a reformed comedy writer, Rachel found...
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S R Kui studied medicine in California and trained in Texas.   She came full circle to return to her first passion - writing.  She is extremely grateful to The ISA team for selecting her as The ISA's Top 25 Screenwriter to Watch in 2019.  She and her sister hope to share their mother's story with the rest of the world and to honor the 2-3 million lives lost during the Cambodian Genocide. They have written for many of the world's biggest media sites including: The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Salon, The Independent, The Huffington Post...  The adapted screenplay has won 36 awards and the not yet released book has won 6 awards.  The book won 2nd place at ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition. The book, screenplay, author bio, and supporting document are available upon...