LIL-I-ATH: [lil-ee-ath] noun. Elvish. “Laughter.”

PE-NUM-BRA: [pi-nuhm-bruh] noun. Latin. A fringe region of half shadow resulting from the partial obstruction of light by an opaque object.

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Diane is a writer/director who is drawn to magical realism and science fiction/fantasy. Her favourite topics to explore usually involve mental illness, or the dark side of love and spirituality. Her sense of humour is very dry, so she tends to stick to drama.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies and Literature/Writing from Columbia University, and her Master of Fine Arts in Writing for the Screen + Stage from Northwestern University.

While at Northwestern, she taught Intro to Screenwriting to undergraduates, and spent part of her summer shadowing Richard J. Lewis while he directed an episode of C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation.

She has worked for festivals like Hot Docs and the Toronto International Film Festival, and has worked in production on shows like Rookie Blue and Good Witch. She even worked briefly as Darren Lynn Bousman’s director’s assistant while he was in post-production on Saw IV. She has read scripts for: Focus Features, Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures, Little Magic Films (an affiliate of Toshiba), Ken Kwapis’ In Cahoots Entertainment, Intruder Films, and Coverfly.

She taught Screenwriting and Directing at Wilfrid Laurier University for the Fall 2017 term, and now works a dream day job on a CBS show, but can’t talk about it because of the NDA she signed.

Liliath & Penumbra is her company. 

If you’d like to support her as a patron, you can do so at Patreon.

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Services Offered

***If you are a woman, person of colour, disabled, LGBTQIA2S+, and/or what most would label “diverse” in any other way, please contact me about the rates listed below. I will only charge you a percentage of what is listed, commensurate with the current pay gap between you and the average cisgendered able-bodied straight White man.***


$400 + applicable taxes to read a single draft
$4000 + applicable taxes, flat rate, to work until project goes into production (must already have producer attached)

In Canada, a Story Editor is someone who works directly with a screenwriter to make their script the strongest it can be. They are often hired by the producer or funding agency, as a specialized go-between imparting notes and feedback, but sometimes writers will hire them on their own volition, in preparation for submitting their script to contests or grants.

Diane is willing to work with you on your screenplay, giving you constructive criticism and meeting with you to brainstorm ideas, until your project is ready for production. This is something she loves to do: to help other writers achieve their goals.


$250 + applicable taxes for Standard Delivery (within 3 business days)
$350 + applicable taxes for Expedited Delivery (within 24 hours)

As a university instructor teaching the mechanics of screenwriting to undergraduates, who has achieved degrees in screenwriting from both an Ivy League University and a Big Ten college, and has also worked numerous positions that required writing coverage, Diane is now offering her expertise for hire to studios, production companies, and film funds.

Coverage is comprised of a 2-page synopsis of the script, plus 1-2 pages of professional feedback as to whether it should be considered for production.


$30/hour + applicable taxes, 4-hour project minimum

It may sound odd, but one of Diane’s favourite parts of reading her students’ and colleagues’ work is to proofread it for formatting and typing errors. So, if you have a script you’d like to submit to a producer or a contest, but need someone to look it over first, she will do it for you.


Diane has a full portfolio of feature film and television pilot screenplays she has written.

She also has experience directing numerous short films.

Diane’s astute understanding of film and story development is a premium. When it comes to script analysis, she is consistently constructive, valid, and incisive. She is able to discuss story with confidence and sensitivity, and her analysis is always meted out with agility and professionalism.

A quality we also truly appreciated in Diane, is her symbiotic gauging of artistry and commercial appeal – an imperative for any kind of success in this industry. So much so in fact, that while she worked with us, we often relied upon her for priority script reports that directly informed some of our business decisions. Her comments can be trusted and her expediency is vital for anyone who thrives on deadlines and quick turnarounds.

MARK TENN, Assistant Manager, Film Development & Acquisitions, Little Magic Films (2003-2006)

Diane has a fantastic personality.  Over the past three years, she has proven herself time and time again.  Most recently Diane coordinated the ticketing requests for 220+ film stakeholders, sales agents, distributors, etc — our most high demand customers — and completed the task flawlessly.

She would be a great asset to any team.

JUSTIN CUTLER, Senior Manager, Sales & Industry Office, Toronto International Film Festival (2010-2015)

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