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Janet Stilson is a writer of film scripts and books, as well as magazine articles.

She is the winner of the inaugural Writers Lab for Women, which was funded by Meryl Streep and organized by New York Women in Film & TV as well as the collective Iris.

Janet has traveled extensively for her work, with repeated visits to such places as Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, Cannes, London, Costa Rica and Buenos Aires. Many of those locales play a part in her fiction, as does her home port, New York City.

She has been an artist in residence at Dorland, a retreat in Southern California, the Julia and David White Artists’ Colony in Costa Rica, the La Muse artists' retreat in France and Odysseys Costa Rica.

Her film script "Jaguar Trail" – a sci-fi story shot through with a climate change theme – won the Writers Lab competition for women and was a semi-finalist in the Filmmakers/The Radmin Co. screenwriting contest.

Her script "The Beauty of Disaster," a dark-edged dramedy about a psychic con, was a semi-finalist in three film competitions: American Accolades, the Austin Film Festival and the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. In 2015, Janet wrote and produced a short film based on the feature, which is currently on the festival circuit. It's been honored with an award from the Best Shorts competition. (More info about the short is available at www.beautyofdisaster.com.)

Janet’s film training includes undergraduate work at Emerson College and additional film courses at New York University, the New School and Prism Playhouse. She is also a published short story author.

Janet's articles have been featured in many publications, including "Variety," "The Los Angeles Times," "The New York Times," "Adweek" and "The Financial Times."

Janet has also worked as a consultant and research analyst, specializing in the business of media. Through her own private consultancy and in conjunction with others, she has provided services to such clients as Liberty Media, Microsoft Corp., Oxygen, Discovery Communications and MTV Networks.

Janet was a twice-elected board member of New York Women in Film & Television. She has produced/moderated many panel sessions on the business and craftsmanship of writing and on new media advances.

She is also a former executive committee member of a Toastmasters International club, and she's a former national board member of Women in Cable & Telecommunications.