ELIZABETH DWYER

Writer | Actor | Voice Artist

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Elizabeth Dwyer
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Elizabeth Dwyer
Elizabeth Dwyer
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ABOUT ELIZABETH, WRITER-WISE

Love, Sex, and Storytelling, but Make It Gay

I am a queer woman and tenacious dramedy devotee who lives in a world that is so much more than straight, cis, and white. My writing reflects that world: I tell unconventional love stories championing people we rarely see centered onscreen, honoring their rich, full, complex lives and identities. Within my community of trusted writers, I engage in ongoing, evolving, essential dialogue around who gets to tell what kinds of stories and the importance of lifting up historically excluded voices. My writing is a superpower, and with great power comes great responsibility. (#spiderman)


My screenwriting accolades include a Stowe Story Labs Development scholarship; Top 8 in Issa Rae & Paul Feig's Teen Movie Contest; ISA Fast Track Fellowship and WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Finalist; Table Read My Screenplay Top 10, and AFF Second Rounder.

What they're saying... An industry reader dubbed my ~gay kid in the 90s writes a zine instead of coming out~ pilot, ETHEL, as “…tonally sharp and atmospheric, oozing with teenage moodiness somewhere between SEX EDUCATION, LOVE, VICTOR, and DARE ME." My commissioned queer erotic novel (penned under an alias), was described by an early reader as "Fifty Shades for thinking people."


I'm here to make some good trouble on the page, alongside a team eager to join me in that work.

 
In Short

IN SHORT THE PODCAST

EPISODE 5: ELIZABETH DWYER

STORY: GETTING BY
Synopsis: Trapped at a corporate leadership conference, an artist reflects on her blissful past and impotent present.

 
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Top 8 – ColorCreative/Powderkeg Teen Movie Contest

Semifinalist – Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices

Copyright WGA #1704441

When Kendrick Matthews (consummate Black nerd and high school senior) posts a song and dance YouTube video asking Cassidy Jordan (international supermodel) to prom, the invitation goes viral. Still, Kendrick never dreams Cassidy will say yes... or how much it will upend their lives when she does.

A teen romcom for the audiences of today, STARSTRUCK love is queer, multiracial, and inextricably linked to the internet. The script began as one of 2000+ pitches received by ColorCreative and Powderkeg Media's Teen Movie Contest. Advancing through three rounds of development, STARSTRUCK was one of only eight semifinalists selected in the competition.


A modern-day fairytale where a girl is the prince and everyone gets rescued, STARSTRUCK is a story I could’ve used as a lonely queer teen, looking for people like me. It's a movie for my nephews, so they see themselves represented beyond the limited, harmful stereotypes of what it means to be a Black boy in this world. It's a story that tells teenagers from all walks of life that they are vibrant, beautiful, and worthy of love.

 

Official Selection, Stowe Story Labs Development Grant

Finalist, WeScreenplay - Diverse Voices

Finalist, Stowe Story Labs Fellowship

Second Rounder, Austin Film Festival

After a harrowing loss, a young Irish Catholic woman and her family adjust to life in 1915 Chicago. Her father’s grief, the call of women’s suffrage, and her closest friend’s unwed pregnancy are the least of Bernadette Daley’s worries when a compelling Black man moves into her home and her heart. A three-part, nine-episode limited series. Copyright WGA #1929336

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BYLINES

Storytelling through Journalism

Writing for the UNM Newsroom, the Weekly Alibi, and Elephant Journal, Elizabeth's work covers topics such as racism in healthcare, mindfulness as treatment for substance use disorders, an award-winning teacher/DACA recipient, and various artist profiles. You can see a sampling of her work here.

 
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COMMENT

by Dorothy Parker

Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
And I am Marie of Roumania.

 
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YOU CAN HIRE ELIZABETH

  • to write or polish damn near anything, especially screenplays

  • as a script reader/for script coverage

  • for film/tv/stage acting

  • as a podcast host or guest

  • for voiceover work

  • to proofread your script or manuscript

  • for editorial work on your manuscript

  • to teach screenwriting, acting for film, or acting for the stage

Several of Elizabeth's screenplays are available for purchase or option. Industry professionals can request Elizabeth's scripts via Coverfly or ISA.

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