Before there is a great movie or TV series, there has to be a great screenwriter. If you’ve thought about writing or have already written a script, you’ll enjoy hearing what our screenwriters have to say about their experiences.
Julie Bliss Umbreit is a screenwriter, but her career has been fueled by a wide variety of related jobs: journalist, photo-journalist, editor, magazine writer, public relations, corporate trainer, producer and multi-media business owner.
She has written ten screenplays. Three of them – a comedy, family film and true story -- have won first-place awards from film festivals, such as Sundance, Austin, San Diego, Nashville, Moondance, Kids First!, Washington State, and Pacific Northwest Writers Conference. Two scripts have been optioned by L.A. producers.
A believer in keeping skills up-to-date, she currently is enrolled in an online ScreenwritingU Master Screenwriting Course. She also has taken classes in comedy, dialogue, Mini-Movie Method, creating characters for movie stars, the Chinese film market and more. She has a Screenwriting Certificate from the University of Washington. Professional organizations she belongs to are Northwest Screenwriters Guild and Women in Film/Seattle.
Hope McPherson is an award-winning and optioned screenwriter, but, in the scheme of things, a rank beginner when it comes to scriptwriting. She has also been an editor and a feature writer for more than 20 years and has interviewed a variety of people, including physicians, theologians, cartoonists, academics, and a Hollywood wrangler. She lives in Port Orchard on a small farm with a contemplative llama, three partying goats, and two softhearted mini donkeys.