Diane J. Wright is a Canadian-American script consultant, ghostwriter, and neurodiversity advocate who works with producers, directors, and other screenwriters when screenplays need to be prepped for casting, financing, or polished during production. Her focus is to create authenticity of voice and experience, believable characters, and to reflect the diversity of our human experience, across genres.
Feature films Diane has worked with have premiered and 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 and coverage 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.
Diane began her career off-screen as a brand strategist for a multi-billion dollar national household brand. She translated that foundational learning to her roles as Information Architect to Fortune 100 companies and C-Suite Blue Sky Strategist in order to create and build 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 and her celebrity profiles in Tribute, Canada’s leading entertainment magazine.
Diane earned her master’s degree from the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Antioch University Los Angeles, an institution with a strong social justice mandate, where she has been a guest lecturer and workshop facilitator. Back in the day, she paid her dues on set as production coordinator and art department coordinator, as creative producer at a cross-platform production studio, and as the long-form development assistant at Alliance Atlantis.
She is co-founder of the independent film and television development studio Milkboss Industries with husband, writer-director Jeff Renfroe, was the founder of The Story Spot, a resource for screenwriters and story editors and, with novelist Kathryn Pope, was co-founder of Seedpod Publishing, a micro-publisher cooperative publishing literary fiction and memoir in a digital age.
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 human 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 best known, however, 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 somewhat terrible quad 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 a highly developed talent for pattern recognition give Diane a clear advantage in shaping compelling narratives about our own humanity.
Her north star is and will always be: Stay true. Dream big. ✨
Get in touch @dianejwright.