Screenwriter Story Editor Coach
Hi there, though I've written all my life, I committed to full time writing in late 2014 after almost twenty years as a busy actor in Theatre, Film & TV. My mother tells me that when I was little, a new pencil and scribbler trumped any other gift she could think of. Things haven't changed much.
With two Movies for Television and a Short Film produced, I currently have three Feature Films optioned, in various stages of development with terrific producers. Scroll down to check out current projects.
I've also had a number of not too shabby placements in some prestigious screenwriting competitions: 2020 Semi-finalist in The U.S. Writers Trust; 2019 Quarter-finalist in the Nicholl; 2020 Finalist in the VWIFTV International Screenwriters Competition and 2018 Finalist in the Hedgebrook Women's Screenwriters Lab. One of my full length plays was a Finalist in the Nightwood Theatre Women's National Playwriting Competition and Finalist in the BC Provincial Flying Start Playwriting Competition.
My non-fiction has been featured in magazines and periodicals such as The Tyee, The National Post, Equus, Prism, Fugue, Natural Horse and Dressage Today.
In my spare time ;) I supervise The Writing For Film and Television Program at InFocus Film School, Van. BC. where I also teach and I hold a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, 2009, where I majored in Screenwriting and a Diploma in Theatre Arts from George Brown College, Toronto.
NEED STORY EDITING OR COACHING? WANT TO LEARN TO WRITE A FEATURE OR TV SERIES?
I love story editing and coaching almost as much as writing and I seem to have a knack for getting writers to the heart of their projects. Also known as a structure fiend, I am sought out by writing peers for editing and coaching on the regular. Have a project you want some help with? Shoot me an email for rates and process. (Contact info at bottom of page.)
As a writer I can count on Crystal for sound feedback on character and story for my fiction, stage plays and screenplays. She brings passion, intelligence, and good humour to her work with people and their stories. I rely on her for an honest and integrity driven reading and she always delivers.
Kathy Para, Novelist / Winner of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize
Crystal Verge has been a Godsend. Since she began working with me, the range of publications for my articles has tripled. Her structural editing has been invaluable, but it is her coaching and motivational skills that place her above and beyond most editors.
Paddy Head, Novelist / Magazine Articles
"Crystal Verge has a keen intellect and incredible talent. She has the unique ability to give constructive and concise feedback while also nurturing the artist behind the page. Her consideration matched by her experience makes her the best person to offer such critiques of works in progress and or to collaborate with. I have had the pleasure of working with Crystal over the course of a few years and can say honestly that when I have new ideas I seek her coaching – for her objectivity and insightful notes which never fail to add value to the story and improve the work itself as a whole. Thoughtful, meticulous and honest, she is a woman in film I’d be happy to recommend to anyone."
Amanda Blush - Writer / Producer
When I decided to commit to writing and produce my own theatrical work I asked Crystal for help. Our weekly meetings were productive, inspiring and enlightening. She asked me the right questions and was instrumental in helping me find what I truly wanted to say. This resulted in a play that the critics called
“a well crafted theatrical journey, with language that is both lucid and poetic.”
”From Away, with it's gentle laughs and deeply held secret, is an affecting look into one woman's life...a heartfelt tale that will linger long after you've left the theatre.”
Dolores Drake, Actor / Playwright
As a playwright I have had the pleasure of working with Crystal on numerous occasions. I have always appreciated her creative insights, her ability to honour the work of others by not imposing her own vision, and her blatant honesty. She provided feedback that stimulated new ideas, her questions opened new doors of thought and her attention to detail was amazing.
Maureen Robinson, Award winning Playwright
ONCE DEAD TWICE REMOVED
COMEDY THRILLER FEATURE
Co-Written with Maureen Robinson
Producers: Bob Munroe, Robin Cass, Dan Krech
LOGLINE: Twin sisters struck by lightning come up one body short on the eve of the dead twin’s career-making murder trial. Leaping into the body of her reluctant hippie chick sister, they defend the “innocent” serial killer, then must hunt him down when it’s clear he's not so innocent and the living twin is his next victim.
Broadcaster: LIFETIME CHANNEL
Directed by: Farhad Mann
Starring: Italia Ricci, Magna Apanowicz, Kevin McNulty
Produced by: Odyssey Media Inc.
ENSEMBLE COMEDY FEATURE
Co-written with Maureen Robinson
IN DEVELOPMENT - CASS & CO.
PRODUCER: ROBIN CASS
LOGLINE: A woman in the throes of a mid-life crisis and a massive pot high, emails a demo video of her girl band from twenty-five years ago to the reality show The Band who are on the hunt for young emerging talent. They are chosen!
FOR THE LOVE OF GRACIE
DRAMATIC FEATURE adapted from the play of the same name written by Crystal Verge. Screenplay co-written by Crystal Verge & Roseanne Supernault
IN DEVELOPMENT - NEXT GEN PRODUCTIONS PRODUCER: ROSEANNE SUPERNAULT
Awarded a 2021 ISO/Netflix Apprenticeship & Cultural Mentorship Grant
LOGLINE: A 28 yr. old, long-term inmate must survive a rookie Social Work student when her parole is put at risk when the student is assigned to write up her parole release.
Finalist. Nightwood Theatre’s National Playwriting Competition. Toronto Ont. 2014
Finalist. Flying Start Program. Touchstone Theatre Vancouver. 2015
Workshop & Public Reading. PHT. Vancouver BC. 2018
Workshop & Public Reading. Great Canadian Theatre Co. Ottawa. 2017. Director. Bronwyn Steinberg
Public Reading. Vancouver. 2016. Director. Marie Clements
SUSPENSE-FILLED DRAMATIC FEATURE
2021 Semi-finalist: The Writer's Lab. U.S.A. sponsored by Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman
2019 Quarterfinalist: Nicholl Fellowship
2020 Finalist: VWIFF Intl. Screenwriting Competition.
2019 Finalist. Hedgebrook Screenwriters Lab. 2019. Advisors: Robin Swicord (When They See Us) Jane Anderson (The Wife)
LOGLINE: A15 yr. old girl, more comfortable with horses than humans, brutally abused by her father, is driven to extreme measures to bring him to justice to protect another young girl.