Get to know me
I'm Elizabeth Weidner, but everyone calls me Betsy and I'm a freelance writer and editor of the feature and television variety, and dabbling in the novel, short story, and copy variety as well.
My educational background is in history and broadcast media with a degree in Classical Studies from UC Santa Cruz ('12), with an emphasis in Ancient Religion and Magic (yes, magic) and Augustan Age Latin Literature (yes, literature).
I received my certificate in Screenwriting from UCLA's Professional Program and my screenplay "26" was a runner-up in the Nate Wilson 'Joie de Vivre' award for 2017. My pilot "Just Gone" was an Austin Film Festival Second Rounder in 2019.
Currently seeking representation.
University of California, Los Angeles
Professional Program in Screenwriting
Nominated; Nate Wilson Joie de Vivre Award, 2017.
University of California, Santa Cruz
Bachelor of Arts, Classical Studies
Augustan Age Literature and Ancient Religions
Thesis: Role of Magic in Greco-Roman Palestine
Editor in Chief, 'Banana Slug News' 2010-2012
Freelance Writer and Editor
Novel writing, screenwriting, academic essays.
Operates professional script-reading services, with an emphasis on punching up dialogue and voice.
Executive Assistant, RPM Law Group
Office Management, Scheduling, Senior Support Staff
Barista, (Starbucks, Eighty-One Bakery, Stevenson Coffeeshop)
Maintained kitchen and espresso bar.
Interests and Skills
Film studies, screenwriting, animation, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, photography, Writing and Editing (screenplay, novel, academic), blogging and social media), communications, HTML, office management, coffee (prep and imbibing).
(Click the pics!)
Austin Film Festival
Second Rounder 2019!
Nate Wilson 'Joie de Vivre' Award Nominee, 2017
Publications and ephemera
My wordpress blog where I discuss screenplay writing, mainly how to write dialogue, as well as other Hollywood news and lifestyle.
Writing about writing to avoid writing her writing.
My magnum opus; a collection of names for cats (and other pets) from foods around the country and around the world. Through extensive research I've determined that these names are the best names.
(And Other Pets)
Drop me a line!
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