Scottish-Canadian writer Heather was working as a freelance writer and comedian in Vancouver when she was accepted into Screen Academy Scotland for the MA Screenwriting in 2016. Aberdeen born but Canada raised, this was her return to Scotland and it’s been home since.
During her Masters, she had three shorts produced by fellow students and graduated in 2017 with Distinction. That year, she also recorded for BBC Radio 4’s It’s Funny and It’s True and created her own 30 minute documentary for CBC Radio 1’s The Doc Project.
After graduating, Heather slid right back into stand-up and writing, but something was missing. She wanted to be working in production, not just writing on the periphery. After attending courses held by BAFTA and BECTU, she zoned in on script editing and in 2020 studied Story for Script Development through John Yorke. Since then, she’s trained in development with Blazing Griffin Pictures, script edited for uncommissioned scripts and novels, and lectured for the Prince Edward Island Writers’ Guild and for Screen Academy Scotland.
She’s also found herself working in research, a blend of her screenwriting and journalism background (Bachelor of Journalism Honours, University of King’s College). She’s worked as a researcher for Antiques Road Trip, Holiday Homes in the Sun, Love It or List It, and recently researched on a short film with Blazing Griffin Pictures that focuses on helping neurodivergent talent working in film and television.
Heather has continued to write. She workshopped a pilot with Hopscotch and then Scottish director Alan de Pellete. She most recently co-wrote a 12 minute short with director Dom Lee, CROAK, which won Audience Choice at the Two Short Nights Film Festival.