I am a writer, story consultant, and filmmaker who lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
I regularly do research and story consulting work for the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada. I also story edit for feature film and television projects, and I teach screenwriting in St. John’s.
In March of 2020, I was a visiting artist at the University British Columbia’s Creative Writing Program. It was an absolute pleasure to spend time with the students and staff at UBC.
My latest writer/director piece, Always Going Never Gone, is currently playing on CBC GEM. It’s a supernatural short about a Banshee and the last living soul of a dying community. It stars Mary Colin-Chisholm as Ailish, Allison Kelly as Kari, and Rhiannon Morgan as the Banshee.
I made my directorial debut in the Fall of 2016 with a short animation I wrote called Mystery of the Secret Room, produced by the National Film Board of Canada.
Mystery of the Secret Room was nominated for two Golden Sheaf Awards: Best Emerging Filmmaker and Best Animation. It was also nominated for a Golden Egg Award at the Reykjavik International Film Festival. In July 2017, it took part in a special Canada 150 presentation at the National Arts Centre as a part of CANADA SCENE – a celebration of artists across Canada. In 2019, it was also a part of the Art Gallery of Hamilton exhibition This is Moving: Illustration on Screen.
In 2016, I also released my short film, Crocuses, winner of Best Short at the Nickel Film Festival; and, winner of the RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Artist Award – a financial and mentorship prize for emerging female filmmakers sponsored by the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. In 2018, Crocuses was chosen for the Women in Film and Television International Short Film Showcase where it toured 40+ countries.
My Feature The Royals was chosen for FIN’s 2017 Script Development Program.
My short stories have appeared in anthologies and journals, like Invisible Publishing and Riddle Fence.
In 2014, I was named 1 of 11 writers to watch for on CBC Canada Writes.
In May 2013, The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council presented me with the CBC Newfoundland and Labrador’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award.
In 2012, I won the Atlantic Film Festival’s Inspired Script Award for my feature screenplay, The Magic of Boxer Connors. It was presented this year (2014) as a live reading at the Atlantic Film Festival’s Script Out Loud event.
In 2009, I was given the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts & Letters Award for my short film script “Four Sisters.” The short was directed by Dana Warren. It aired on CBC television, screened nationally and internationally, and received an A&E short film honourable mention from the National Screen Institute.
– Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia in Creative Writing
– Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland