Compendium members of the Northwest Screenwriters Guild are actively developing stories for film, television, and other media. Learn more about their stories, and feel free to contact them.
Michael currently serves on the Board of the Northwest Screenwriters Guild as Treasurer/Secretary. He began writing after receiving a Certificate in Screenwriting from the University of Washington and has written six screenplays, two of which have been optioned. His favorite genres are historical fiction and action/adventure.
Screenwriter Jess Grant is a native of Los Angeles and a graduate of the University of Washington’s screenwriting program. He spent decades writing songs (folk and rock) and journalism (music criticism and investigative reporting) before transitioning to screenwriting in 2013. Songwriting and journalism taught Jess two lessons that have proved valuable as a screenwriter: how to be concise, and the importance of putting a person at the center of your story. Jess’ ten scripts have received a dozen laurels (including two first-place finishes), while his short script The Boarding House (adapted from a memoir) was produced and released in 2018 by his company Dulcet Productions LLC (in collaboration with Abundant Productions). What’s more, Jess appeared as Snoopy in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown when he was a high school sophomore, and remains a dog lover to this day. He lives in Edmonds, Washington.
David R. Larson
Screenwriter, Author, and Podcaster from Seattle
His short BIG BOY (Directed by Bryan Campbell) premiered at the 2015 Tribeca film festival, won various awards on the festival circuit, and is now available online through Amazon.com. His short NO PLAYGROUND FOR LITTLE COWBOYS (Directed by Carl Rock) won the Best Comedy prize at the 2012 Smalls Film Festival and was nominated for a BAFTA CYMRU Award in 2013. He won first place in a wrestling competition when he was thirteen. Now he mainly wrestles with when to use who or whom.
After starting his career at MTV in New York, Mike Johnston has written and directed commercials for some of the largest brands in the world. He has led digital agencies, traditional agencies and production companies. His current Seattle agency, Family creates advertising for every screen. Mike has been awarded Emmys, Tellys and the EPA campaign of the year twice, plus gold and silver Remi Awards from WorldFest-Houston, the oldest independent film festival in the world. Several of his articles have been featured on the homepage of Medium as an Editor’s Pick. His book about writing comedy is a free download. The lookbook for Mike’s latest screenplay, A Girl Named Trouble, is linked here.
The first script Geof and his writing partner Troy Hunter wrote won the Austin Screenplay Competition. Their second was optioned by Anonymous Content where it is currently in development with Treehouse Films. They also have deals with Sierra/Infinity and Syd Ganis. He’s written and/or produced four independent films, all of which are in distribution worldwide. He’s been a development consultant and Story Analyst for Vulcan Productions for over 16 years; projects there include HARD CANDY, starring Ellen Page, and the Humanitas Prize-winning WHERE GOD LEFT HIS SHOES, starring the great John Leguizamo. Geof has taught screenwriting at the University of Washington Extension, and Seattle University.
A former Broadway assistant director, Nicole is a published novelist and a screenwriter for Zombie Orpheus Entertainment’s fantasy TV series, Strowlers. Her screenplays have earned finalist placements in PAGE International Screenwriting Award and Tracking Board Launchpad’s Contest. Books from the novelist’s Elemental Myths paranormal romance series have ranked #1 on Amazon bestseller lists and won second prize in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Her latest manuscript won first place in a 2017 Romance Writers of America contest. Nicole recently moved cross-country from the D.C. area to Seattle and finds that she enjoys the rain. Now that she’s sold her marketing agency, Nicole spends her hours writing, raising two sons with her spouse, watching Doctor Who, and staring at the ceiling.
Arthur grew up in the wilds of Eastern Washington. Today, he’s pursuing writing and filmmaking in the metropolis of Seattle. A frequent collaborator, Arthur has co-written many scripts that have either won or received finalist placement in myriad of contests, including the PAGE International Screenwriting contest. His television spec pilot script TABITHA, WITCH OF THE ORDER was awarded funding assistance from the State of Washington via the Innovation Labs program at Washington Filmworks. Post production for this spec pilot was recently completed by Fractured Future Films LLC a production company where Arthur serves as Executive Producer. There he leverages his background as an Actuary to keep productions on time and on budget.
Mark recently was a quarter finalist in the Page Awards for 2017 with his screenplay, Super Geeks. He was a 2011 winner of the Scriptoid TV Challenge for Best Pilot of an Original TV Series. He has written a novel which is available on Kindle, as well as many short stories. His latest is included in a collection called, 100 Voices, available on Amazon. He is currently involved in creating episodes for an online Web Series as well as busy putting the finishing touches on a number of screenplays.
Ben Van Dusen
You could say that Ben’s entire career in science, engineering, and business was merely preparation for writing screenplays that emphasize realism and logic in the story turns. He enjoys writing science fiction and drama that include moments of absurdity. Ben has home towns in Ohio, California, Alabama and now Washington, the latter since 1983-85 and 1994 until today. He is also an actor who started as a background extra, and completed Basic Acting training at Freehold Theater in Seattle. Ben believes that everyone has interesting stories. Tell your story to Ben and he might be interested in working with you to create a screenplay.
Carrie is a Seattle-based screenwriter, video editor, and dog lover. Her feature scripts and teleplays have been recognized by Coppola’s American Zoetrope, Final Draft, Page, and others. She’s in post-production on her second short film, CRAZY CAT LADY, and her dark short story GOODNIGHT, KRISSY will be published in 2018 as part of the UK-based sci-fi anthology THE SINGULARITY. She has a strong stomach from shooting and editing surgical footage.
Randy is a screenwriter and graduate of TheFilmSchool in Seattle. His genre focus is primarily contemporary realistic drama. He has studied acting with Freehold Theatre, performed in community theatre, served on the Board of the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, and covered the 2007 Austin Film festival for BoxOffice.Com. He has had a long career doing human resource and organization consulting to Fortune 100 companies as well as smaller non-profits. He is currently on the faculty of New York University teaching applied behavioral psychology to graduate business students. He resides in Seattle with his wife, Judy Brandon, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Casey.
More Compendium profiles to come.