WIFTI WORLDWIDE WEBINARS: What Should We Be Writing Now?

May 20, 2020, 2:00 - 4:00 PM


What Should We Be Writing Now?

Tara Armstrong in conversation with Peggy Thompson

Join us on May 20th with show-runner Tara Armstrong, the creator of the hit Canadian series “Mary Kills People”.  The show, which aired on Global Television for three seasons (2016-2019) follows Mary, a renegade Doctor who provides assisted suicide as a side business.  Things get complicated when the police pick up her trail.

John Doyle of The Globe and Mail called the first episode of the show "Remarkably assured, droll and adult. Smart and utterly intriguing.”

Tara will chat with screenwriter Peggy Thompson about Tara getting a green light for a series with her first show. And they’ll dive into a craft talk about creating a series – leading the writer’s room --  and what does it take to create stories and arcs season after season.

And finally they’ll discuss life and writing during the health crisis.  Peggy’s in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she’s a Board Member of Women and Film and Television Vancouver and Tara’s in Los Angeles, California where she’s living and working. And, what should we be writing now?

And Tara will take your questions.

This is a zoom webinar presented with WIFT International. Click here to register.

Tara Armstrong

Tara Armstrong is creator, writer and executive producer of the critically acclaimed series Mary Kills People (Corus/Global, Lifetime). Previous writing credits include Private Eyes (Global) and Travelers (Showcase/Netflix). Tara earned her BFA in Creative Writing from UBC in 2013 and attended the Canadian Film Centre’s Prime Time TV Program in 2014.

Peggy Thompson   

Peggy Thompson is the screenwriter of the award winning feature films The Lotus Eaters and Better than Chocolate and has also written extensively for television – including The Beachcombers, Da Vinci’s Inquest and Weird Homes.  She was recently Executive Producer on Sharon McGowan’s documentary Bearded Ladies; the Photography of Rosamond Norbury which won Best Canadian Documentary at the Female Eye Film Festival.

She was an Associate Professor at UBC where she taught screenwriting in the Creative Writing Program.  She is on the Board of Directors and serves on the Advocacy Committee of Women in Film + Television Vancouver.