Since receiving her M.A. in English in 1986 from the University of North Carolina, Wendall Thomas has worked in Los Angeles as a casting director, director’s assistant, script reader, story editor, development executive, entertainment reporter, script consultant, and screenwriter, writing and developing projects for companies including Disney, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal, Showtime, PBS, RKO, A&E, NBC, and Scottish Screen. Her novel Lost Luggage (Poisoned Pen Press, 2017) has been nominated for Best Debut Mystery of 2017 and her short fiction has appeared in the LA crime anthologies Ladies Night (2015) and Last Resort (2017).
In addition to writing and consulting, she is in her twentieth year as Adjunct Professor of Screenwriting in the Graduate Film School at UCLA, has been a Star Speaker for the annual Los Angeles Screenwriting Expo, and runs the Living Room Lecture series. She has consulted for the Atelier du Cinéma Européen Producing Program in Paris, served as Writer’s Mentor for Screen South’s Good Foundations program 2005-2007, and directed the LA FEATURES writer’s mentorship program in the UK for 2007-2009. She also consults for Australia’s Film Victoria and The New Zealand Film Commission, has directed Screen Queensland’s SQ PROJECTOR program for emerging feature filmmakers for 2015 and 2016 and will direct their RETOLD diversity project for 2017-2018.
As a lecturer, she has worked throughout Europe for the Arista Screenwriting Workshops and in the U.K. for the Welsh and Northern Irish Film Commissions, Northern Film and Media, the Folkstone Literary Festival, and Screen South. She has also presented a series of dialogue and rewrite workshops for the New Zealand Film Commission and was opening speaker for the Santa Fe Screenwriting Conference in 2009. She has presented her “Wendall Thomas Talks Scripts” series at the Melbourne International Film Festival since 2011 and will return in 2018.
Recent student/client projects include Don’t Tell (Audience Award Newport Beach Film Festival 2017), I’m Dying up Here (Showtime 2017), Superstore (NBC 2016), The Water Diviner (Warner Bros. 2015), Web Therapy (Fremantle Media/ Moviestar+ 2016), Killing Joan (Todfilm, 2018), The Republic of Rick (official selection Slamdance Festival 2014), Any Day Now (winner Audience Award Tribeca 2012, Music Box Films, 2012), The Republic of Two (Winner Chris Brinker Award San Diego Film Festival, official selection Hollywood Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Circus Road Films 2013), The Space Between (Official Tribeca Selection 2010, USA Films 2011), The Truth Below (MTV Films 2011), and The Most Fun You Can Have Dying (NZFC 2012).