Diane J. Wright is a Canadian-American creative consultant and ghostwriter focusing on diversity in inclusion and authentic representation of the BIPoC, neurodivergent, and disabled communities in features and series.
Diane is a creative consultant, screenwriter, and DEI-certified* disability advocate. She provides editorial guidance to producers, directors, and screenwriters on screenplays, pitch decks, casting, and cuts. Driven to reduce culturally insensitive portrayals and erasure on screen, she applies deep story expertise, lived experience, and unique insight towards creating narratives that work.
Her work in independent feature film has contributed to securing funding and name cast and has earned prizes at premiere festivals such as Sundance and Tribeca. She has been a trusted Telefilm-approved story editor, a studio development assistant, contributed to national releases, to series airing on network and cable, and to two New York Times bestselling non-fiction titles.
Her original works have earned multiple awards and grants including placing in the top 15% in the Nicholl Fellowship. Most recently, Diane has been selected as a fellow in the mid-career development track of the RespectAbility 2021 Summer Lab Program for Entertainment Professionals with Disabilities.
Outside the office, Diane is a baker, an animal lover, and an architectural design stan. She's a polymath and MENSAN who's been a music video producer, a roller derby athlete, a university professor, a Blue Sky tech strategist to Fortune Five C-suites, a small press publisher, and a national pageant title holder. She is the founder of Autastic.com, one of the largest global communities of invisibly disabled adults and some of the only communities for autistic people of color.
* Certifications may be reviewed at LinkedIn.
Inclusion. Equity. Parity.
On screen and off
RespectAbility Summer Lab 2021
June 22 to August 12, 2021
Announcement Only -- Lab is closed to public participation
I'm thrilled to share the news that I've been selected as one of 30 fellows in one of our industry's premiere labs for entertainment professionals. This 8-week, 24-session virtual summer series includes a mid-career track with the goal of building the talent pipeline of professionals with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health and other disabilities.
Where Neurodivergent People of Colour Meet
Come relax with people who get you. Hosted by The Autastic Academy, #NDPOC members meet on Zoom the last Friday of every month. In between, stay connected in our private, members-only, ad-free discussion area.
Creatives, producers, cast & crew are welcome.
ADHD, dyslexic, dyspraxic, autistic and more.
Conversations on Inclusive Storytelling
February 25, 2021 - 1pm PT
Openly neurodivergent characters are rarely seen in popular media and when they are, it's most often from an outsider's -- often reductive -- pov. Savvy audiences are demanding more.
But what we see on screen starts behind the scenes with representative employment. Autistic and other ND producers, directors, writers, actors, and crew often need to remain closeted to earn a living. When we can't, we're left with slim to no options. So how does Hollywood #DoBetter?
The Parity Project Podcast Presents:
Black Autistic Lives Matter
The Parity Project advocates for fair economic and narrative inclusion and equity of Black artists, executives and representatives in television and film. This episode features Diane J. Wright in conversation on the intersection of race and neurodivergence in America, on autistic life, and ways to be a better ally.
Available wherever you get your podcasts.
WOCUnite Mock Pitch Sessions
October 20 - 23, 2020
Five women. Five stories. Filmmakers will pitch their feature, series, and documentary projects and receive feedback in a supportive, safe, risk-free environment.
Exclusive to members of Women of Color Unite.
International Screenwriters' Association Presents: A Conversation on Inclusive Storytelling
September 11, 2020
Hollywood is changing. Studios, networks, and production companies are demanding more diverse content to meet market demand. How do screenwriters rise to the challenge? In this interactive event, anti-racist educator and screenwriter Ashwini Prasad and story consultant and advocate Diane J. Wright will introduce you to the basics of inclusive storytelling for the screen. This discussion will be valuable for screenwriters of all levels.REGISTER at the International Screenwriters' Association