Diane J. Wright is a Canadian-American script consultant, ghostwriter, and neurodiversity advocate. She provides insight, breaks stories, and revises screenplays for casting, financing, and during production. Her innate abilities lend projects an edge that’s simply unavailable to others. It’s why she’s been a trusted secret weapon to acclaimed producers and directors and their award-winning projects.
Feature films Diane has worked with have taken awards at Sundance, Tribeca, and Sitges festivals. Her work has aired on Lifetime and SyFy networks and, off-screen, has contributed to two New York Times bestselling non-fiction titles. She has provided feature script analysis to DreamWorks, Lifetime, and to independent production and film sales companies in LA and Toronto. Diane has been a trusted Telefilm-approved story editor who has twice received Telefilm Canada’s Writer’s First Award. As a screenwriter, Diane’s strengths lie in building dimensional characters that resonate and in giving audiences the feels, across genres.
Raised by a immigrant single mother between working-class Canada and post-riot Detroit, Diane’s outlook has been shaped by an unusually varied and tumultuous history. Against the economic, gender, and racial odds of the time, she excelled at university and earned the privilege of beginning her working life as a brand strategist for a multi-billion dollar national pet food brand. She translated that foundational learning in human behavior to her pivotal roles in the emerging tech sector. There, she shaped multi-million dollar digital products for Fortune 100 companies. As a C-Suite Blue Sky Strategist, Diane envisioned and built tech that you probably use every day. She’s been interviewed by Fast Company’s Heath Row and the original Cybergrrl, author Aliza Sherman for her contributions as an influential woman in technology. In the print world, her essays on “living while female” have been featured in Canada’s largest magazine, Chatelaine alongside her celebrity profiles in Tribute, Canada’s leading entertainment magazine.
Diane earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Antioch University Los Angeles, an institution with a strong social justice mandate. There, she began mentoring novice writers and building the pursuit of equality and intersectionality into everything she touches. After co-founding Seedpod Publishing, a micro-publisher cooperative that published literary fiction and memoir for a digital age, Diane was invited to return to the program as a workshop facilitator and guest lecturer.
Diane launched her screenwriting career as creative producer at Warren Sulatyky’s innovative cross-platform production studio, Palliser Media. From there, she learned the inner workings of a studio as the long-form development assistant at Alliance Atlantis. She launched The Story Spot, a resource for screenwriters and story editors and co-founded Milkboss Industries, an independent film and television development studio, with husband, writer-director Jeff Renfroe.
Today, Diane develops screenplays and series proposals that reflect her bi-racial, bi-cultural, and neurodiverse perspective. She writes what she wants to watch. Her aim is to tell powerful, inclusive, and commercial stories with lasting impact. One of her recent scripts earned semi-finalist placement in the 2018 Creative World Awards, semi-finalist placement in the 2018 Diverse Voices competition, and placed in the top 15% of screenplays in The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 2018 Nicholl Fellowship.
Diane is also known for her work over the past three years as an educator and advocate for adults discovering their autistic identity late in life. She is the founder of the #Autastic global community of late-identified autistic adults centred around genxaspie.com. Birthday Girl, her first novel, is a fictionalization of her experiences as a teen, estranged from her mother, neither of whom knew they were #ActuallyAutistic. Novelist Susan Taylor Chehak lauded Birthday Girl as a “heroic coming-of-age” with a “character to fall in love with”.
Outside the office, Diane is a foodie, a baker, an animal lover, a former roller derby skater, a tabletop gamer, and a drag aficionado. This one time, at band camp, she was even a national pageant queen. Her passion for studying society and human behaviour along with her innate and highly developed talents with story give Diane a unique and clear advantage in shaping compelling narratives.
Her north star is and will always be: Stay true. Dream big. ✨
Get in touch @dianejwright.