Join us for an in-depth Masterclass on writing for TV with Valerie Woods the co-executive producer/writer of Season 4 of Ava Duvernay’s acclaimed drama series, Queen Sugar. Woods will be joined by Ken LaZebnik, writer and founder and former Director of the Stephens College Low-Residency M.F.A. in Television and Screenwriting.
Valerie C. Woods is a writer/producer in television and film, and also is a publisher, editor and author. Woods was a co-executive producer/writer on Season 4 of the critically acclaimed television drama series Queen Sugar, created by Ava DuVernay and airing on Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
She also has been adjunct faculty for Stephens’ Master of Fine Arts in TV and Screenwriting program since 2015.
Recently, Woods served as creative director for Syd Field – The Art of Visual Storytelling. She is one of four Syd Field Screenwriting Method Instructors trained by Mr. Field. She also wrote the screen adaptation of the novel Tempest Rising by Diane McKinney-Whetstone, with the production company of actor/director Phylicia Rashad.
In 2013, Woods founded the independent press BooksEndependent, which has published five titles, including Woods’ novel Katrin’s Chronicles: The Canon of Jacqueléne Dyanne. She also is the author of Something for Everyone (50 Original Monologues), which is published by Samuel French, Inc. In 2016, Woods produced a series of staged readings of scripts adapted from literary work via Staged/Lit.
During Woods’ 20+ years as a member of Writers Guild of America West, she has written on one-hour drama series for CBS, Lifetime, and Showtime. Credits include consulting producer/writer for the drama series Soul Food on Showtime Network and co-executive producer/writer on the drama series Any Day Now on Lifetime Network. Her episode “Family is Family” was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. Her television career began after winning a fellowship with Walt Disney Studios.