“Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint.” — Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
Valerie Peterson’s checkered creative past includes being a semi-finalist for the 2016/2017 WGAE Made in New York TV Writers Room Mentorship Program and being a finalist for the 2015 CBS TV Writers Mentoring Program.
Her short film writing & directing and feature writing have been recognized by numerous competitions such as the Sedona International Film Festival, the Austin Film Festival, Cinequest, The Big Apple Film Festival, MORE magazine, and others.
Valerie is the author of two “entertainingly irreverent”* humor/cocktail books, the co-author (with Janice Fryer) of two cookie decorating books, and occasionally writes for publications such as the Washington Post, the New York Times, etc.
A self-improvement junkie, she credits her skills to her especially dedicated instructors at NYU-SPS, The PIT and Second City and the talented and generous creative colleagues at WGAE, NYWIFT, NYC Screenwriters Collective and NY Screenwriters Co-op.
Born and raised in Yonkers, NY, Valerie now lives in Manhattan. She often feels compelled to write about herself in the third person.
* Associated Press