A well-known Century City Producer once said that Jo Sparkes “…writes some of the best dialogue I’ve read.” Not only are those words a compliment to Jo’s skills as a writer, but a true reflection of her commitment to her work as a screenwriter.
Jo Sparkes graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington College, a small liberal arts college famous for its creative writing program. Some years later, she renounced life in the corporate world to pursue her passion for writing. Jo went on to study for two years with Robert Powell; a student of renowned writers and teachers Lew Hunter, and Richard Walter, head and heart of UCLA’s Screenwriting Program. The culmination of those years of hard work was the short-film “The Image”, which Jo wrote and produced single-handedly.
Since then, Jo hasn’t looked back – having written seven feature film scripts. Jo’s body of work includes scripts for Children’s live-action and animated television programs, a direct to video Children’s DVD, commercial work for corporate clients, as well as a being a feature writer on ReZoom.com. As a contributing writer for the Arizona Sports Fans Network, where she was called their most popular writer, she garnered renown for her humorous articles, player interviews and game coverage. Jo was unofficially the first to interview Emmitt Smith when he arrived in Arizona to play for the Cardinals.
She has served as an adjunct teacher at the Film School at Scottsdale Community College, and even made a video of her most beloved lecture. More recently she has teamed with a Producer and a Director on a low budget thriller. Her book for writers and artists, “Feedback How to Give It How to Get It” was born to help her students -- and indeed, all artists.
Her original script, Frank Retrieval, won the 2012 Kay Snow award for best screenplay. Her fantasy series, The Legend of the Gamesmen, has garnered two B.R.A.G. Medallions and a 2015 Silver IPPY award (Independent Publisher Book Awards).
When not diligently perfecting her craft, Jo can be found exploring her new home of Portland, Oregon, with her Husband Ian, and their dog Oscar.
“Jo’s style, like her personality, is sharp, observant, and to the point ... characters are well drawn ... insights focused ... easy to spot Jo’s spark.”
- Bart Green ‘Omega Code’
“... writes some of the best dialogue I’ve read.”
- Century City Producer
“... great scripts ... I’m really impressed with her drive ...”
- Scott Evans Lindsay, Director
“... concise dialogue and scene descriptions demonstrate your sure hand in screen craft... substantial talent and discipline”
- Richard Walter U.C.L.A. Screenwriting Chairman
“... buys the cheap stuff instead of the good dog food with the bacon flavor.”
- Oscar, the dog
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