Harlequin, a leading publisher of commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction, is proud to announce the first recipients of the Creator Fund. The four projects selected include both a television and movie treatment and two novels. Harlequin started the Creator Fund to attract and support female writers who tell feel-good stories with a unique point of view.
“The selected Creator Fund recipients add to Harlequin’s seventy-year history of publishing female storytellers. We’re excited to shine a light on their stories and reach new readers and viewers who love feel-good entertainment,” shares Merjane Schoueri, Feel Good Project Director.
More than three hundred entries from across the US and Canada were reviewed by a panel of judges that included Entertainment One’s Isabel Gomez-Moriana, Director, Scripted Development, Television, Canada and Chris Bell, Vice President, Scripted Development, Television, Canada as well as, Ted Ellis, President of Creator, and Harlequin executives Loriana Sacilotto, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Harlequin Trade Publishing, and Brent Lewis, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Harlequin Brand Group. The four recipients will receive financial support in addition to editorial mentorship.
The four recipients are as follows:
Novelist and screenwriter Amie Charney has an MFA in creative writing from the University of California Riverside Palm Desert and is the director of creative writing for the North East School of the Arts (NESA). Her treatment for a twelve-episode comedic TV drama features a YA fantasy writer whose novel goes viral.
Author of over a dozen suspense novels (The River Below, 2018), Bonnie Hearn Hill is also the cohost of Great Day Book Club on Central California’s television network KMPH-TV. Her novel is about three women making it together in radio during the 1960s and 1970s, and captures the mandate of telling female-focused feel-good stories with a unique point of view.
Dr. Anne Lipton is a neurologist and coauthor of several books on the topic of dementia, and having lived in several countries, currently calls Vancouver, Canada, home. Her novel is a Christmas-themed romantic comedy with a fantastical element, and is fresh, modern and topical.
Having worked in the music industry with artists such as David Bowie and the Smashing Pumpkins, Lisa Otto is a screenwriter with a passion for telling stories. Her submission of a movie treatment features a fish-out-of-water protagonist, complete with a fun, quirky small-town setting in Scotland.
For more information about the Feel Good Project, please visit FeelGood.Harlequin.com.
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