I have worked in the trenches of Hollywood as an assistant, d-girl (development executive), and producer for ABC Entertainment, Viacom, Showtime, and AMC Cablevision. I climbed the ladder of media success and launched a new network, serving as Vice President of Programming for Romance Classics, which later became WE: Women’s Entertainment. I have also been involved with producing series for the web, films for video games, and other digital-based pieces of content.
My work as a professional speaker includes keynote speaking, presenting workshops, contributing to panels and moderating panels at annual conventions such as NAB, NATPE, RealScreen, WIFV-SCRIPT DC, FTX WEST, and the Willamette Writers Conference.
My academic interests lead me to being an instructor at numerous universities across the U.S. from Yale to Northwestern to American and Howard Universities in D.C. I am proud to say that I have groups of very successful ex-students who are now professionals within the Entertainment Industry.
Currently, I am a Faculty Associate with UW-Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies, where I am the Director of UW-Madison’s annual Writers’ Institute, the founding editor of the regional publication THE MIDWEST REVIEW, and a writing mentor to hundreds of students in-person and online. My specialty is Creative Nonfiction writing.
Currently, my interest is in exploring ways to preserve good storytelling within the digital marketplace. My book The Writer’s Advantage: A Toolkit for Mastering Your Genre is available on Amazon.
As a forever d-girl who is involved with and interested in working with writers as they contemplate future pieces of pop culture, I am passionate about sharing my experience from the development trenches and bringing together media development with creating, developing and writing new ideas
I am a Media Goddess and here’s what I do:
- Writing Mentor/Coach
- Wonderment Purveyor
Explore this site to learn more about me and my writing method found in my book The Writer’s Advantage: A Toolkit for Mastering Your Genre (Michael Wiese Productions, 2014).