Jessica Marsh

Screenplay & short fiction writer

Nominations for “We Go Alone”

 I am honoured to say The New Quarterly has nominated my short story “We Go Alone” for both the Writers’ Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize and the National Magazine Awards. Finalists are announced in May 2014 and October 2014. Exciting! 



We Go Alone

I received my copy of literary magazine The New Quarterly with my short story “We Go Alone”. It’s my first time in print and I’m feeling pretty giddy about it!

“Bone Deep”

“Bone Deep” premiered at the 2013 Atlantic Film Festival to a very receptive crowd. Congratulations are in order to director/producer Jeremy Webb and the entire cast, crew and production team!

“House of Matches is po…

“House of Matches is powerful, knowing, sad-funny story about young motherhood, sisterhood, and soccer girls coming of age on the funky, ragged streets of Halifax NS. Wry, unsentimental and bold – the sort of indie film that grabs us, charms us, and delivers a world.”

Peter Behrens, Author, The O’Briens, The Law of Dreams

Bone Deep

Jeremy Webb, Jeff Coll and I had our first meeting in preparation for making my second short film, “Bone Deep”, with Jeremy directing. We reviewed the budget and decided on January for our shooting. Jeremy would like the entire crew from “Wake” to reunite for this production. 

The 2012 Praxis Summer Screenplay Readings

The Praxis Screenplay Readings was a fantastic experience! Recently I wrote an article for Women in Film and Television Atlantic about my time in Vancouver – follow this link to the WIFT-AT to read the article.

2012 Praxis Summer Screenplay Readings

Praxis Feature Film Screenplay Competition

I’m very happy and honoured to say that I (with my feature film script House of Matches) have been chosen for the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters‘ 2011 Feature Film Screenplay Competition.  I will be traveling to Vancouver in November 2011 to attend the workshop.

“Each year, Praxis holds a national call for entries seeking new screenplays by Canadian writers.  Following careful jury selection, approximately eight entrants are invited to our Fall Screenwriting Workshop in Vancouver, B.C.

During the Fall Workshop, each selected script is carefully matched with an “advisor” (veteran screenwriter or story editor), in consultation with the writer. The advisors and writers meet in Vancouver for three days over a one week period. During this time they work together intensively, analyzing the writer’s intentions, rewriting, rethinking, and charting a course for further development. The writer should leave these private meetings with a clear plan of how to proceed through the next draft. If others are involved with the project (producer, director or co-writers), they are invited to participate as well.

Writers who complete our Fall Screenwriting workshops are given an invitation-only opportunity to apply for our Summer Readings, an annual event where their new screenplay drafts are professionally cast for table readings.

During the Fall and Summer workshops we may schedule additional group sessions with producers and development personnel to help address practical concerns necessary to move the project toward production.

Over thirty Praxis scripts have been produced – most recently Jacob Tierney’s The Trotsky.  Our Advisors include numerous highly accomplished screenwriters and story editors.”

Love Unlimited

Our very own Shelley Thompson won Best Supporting Actor at the Love Unlimited Film Festival in Los Angeles for Aunt Helen in ‘Wake’!  We are so happy and proud of her.

Wake 1st Runner Up

“Wake” is the 1st runner up for Best Short Film in The Coast Best Of Halifax Awards!  Best Short went to Andrea Dorfman’s fantastic “How to be Alone”.

Wake wins the CBC Short Film Face Off

‘Wake’, the short film I wrote, produced & directed by Jeremy Webb, has won the 2010 CBC Short Film Face Off!

Jeremy and I are thrilled, excited and happy at the news.  Jeremy plans to use the prize money and support for the next short film script I have waiting from the Maelstrom series, ‘Bone Deep’.