Nikki will be serving as one of five script consultants for the 2019 TIFF Writers’ Studio. She will be working with two screenwriters on the development of their feature screenplays as part of an intensive five day lab at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Later in the month, Nikki will also be delivering a fireside artist talk on underworld mythology at the Drake Devonshire hotel in picturesque Prince Edward County . The talk is free to attend. Details can be found below:
Sunday March 24
3pm - 4pm
24 Wharf Street, Wellington
Finally, House of Stories congratulates the team behind How To Buy A Baby on their International Emmy Award Nominations!
Nikki is pleased to be invited to attend the Les Arcs Film Festival in France as part of Femme De Cinema.
Also happening this month, Nikki is pleased to be delivering an intensive story coaching session to the talented participants of the TIFF Writers’ Studio in Toronto.
Associate consultant Blain Watters is currently working for hire on two screenplays: Genesis 6 is going to camera in the fall of 2018 with Oscar Nominated Director Yan England at the helm. Not My Brother is a dramatic screenplay for feature director Jenna MacMillan about mental health issues and family with principal photography slated for fall 2019.
Haunters: the musical, a web series he’s written and directed, has won an award at the T.O. film fest for Best Ensemble and has been nominated in several categories for the upcoming International TV Webfest in Vermont. It is now available on many platforms from subscription based services like Revry in the US to Canada’s preeminent youtube channel, Shaftesbury’s KindaTv, and on festival channels like Stareable.
House of Stories Founder Nikki Saltz is named the inaugural Micki Moore Screenwriter in Residence at TIFF. Nikki will be working with industry professionals at TIFF on a new draft of her feature screenplay, Work It. Nikki will be writing her script on a beautiful Olivetti Lettera 32 Typewriter, generously provided to her by Toronto Typewriters.
Other good news this month: The CBC Original Digital Series, How to Buy a Baby, written and created by Wendy Litner, will be going to camera on its second season later this year. Nikki Saltz was proud to have served as a story editor on season two of this heartfelt, hilarious series.
Congratulations are in order for our client, Davida Aronovitch, whose project, Who What Clara, which went through several rounds of notes with House of Stories, has won one of five Telefilm New Voices Awards! Congratulations, Davida! We wish you every success at this year's Toronto Screenwriting Conference!
Also happening this month, Nikki will begin story editing two of the winners of the From Our Dark Side genre incubator. You can read more about the winners here!
Your story has
a home here.
House of Stories works with writers of all levels, whether you're just starting out, or a seasoned professional. We provide affordable story editing services specific to your project and goals, whether that means preparing your script for funding applications, seeing it through the development process, or preparing you for fellowship opportunities. House of Stories will assist you with outlines, screenplay drafts, synopses, and all your other story editing needs.
Each story editor at House of Stories brings a unique blend of formal training in story and screenwriting, along with industry experience, writing awards, and produced works. We have genre specialists in horror, thriller, sci-fi, comedy, period pieces, and children's films, and are based out of Toronto, Canada. House of Stories prides ourselves on being, above all else, passionate story experts who are here to serve your story, and to help it reach the apex of its potential.
Nikki Saltz, B.F.A, M.F.A, Screenwriting.
Founder & Story Editor
Nikki Saltz is a screenwriter and story editor based in Toronto, Canada, and the founder of House of Stories. She is is an alumnus of the Writers’ Lab at the prestigious Canadian Film Centre and has worked in Script Development for Darius Films, Amaze Film + Television, Whizbang Films, and New York’s Goldcrest Films, as well as with countless producers and writers. Nikki is also a professional writer whose work has appeared in Chatelaine Magazine, Good Housekeeping, the Puritan, and in the Toronto Star. Nikki is currently a story editor in residence for WIFT-V's From Our Dark Side genre writing incubator, and an instructor at Toronto Film School & York University. Her teachings focus on archetypes, mythology, and their places in the complex storytelling techniques of film & television today.
Dan Sacco, M.F.A, Screenwriting, P.h.D, Film Theory.
In- house Genre Specialist
With a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from Queen’s University, a Master’s Degree in Screenwriting from York University, and a PhD from Ryerson University, where he completed his first book on film censorship. Dan brings a wealth of knowledge to each project he approaches. He has written extensively on genre film, with a focus on horror and suspense, and has presented at the University of Guelph's Futurist Theory: Fear, Horror, and Terror(ism) conference. As a filmmaker, Dan has screened work in numerous festivals., and frequently works on film & television sets. In addition to being our in-house genre guru, Dan is currently working on his second book, and is a sociology instructor at Ryerson University.
Blain Watters, MFA Theatre
Blain has written comics for Feathertale Magazine, sketches for the Fauxhemians, and short films that opened in Milan and NYC. After graduating from the Canadian Film Center where he worked with Michael MacLennan, Avrum Jacobson, Mark McKinney amongst others, he won a Banff Fellowship from Shaw Media and landed in the Lost Girl room as Story Coordinator. He then worked as writer along side Michael McGowan on Roger/ Netflix’s Between, writing on three episodes as well as writing the web series. He also co-wrote the screenplay for Sleeping Giant, which premiered at Cannes as the only Canadian selection in “Critic’s week”, and was a hit at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. His Horror/Musical Web Series, Haunters, is currently airing on KindaTV. Blain's latest script, Genesis 6, is going to camera in the fall of 2018 with Oscar Nominated Director Yan England at the helm.
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"There are those who do work well and those who do work quickly, but precious few able to accomplish both . “House of Stories” is a standout in the precious few category. They not only provided a thorough assessment of my TV script’s strengths and weaknesses, but offered insightful story solutions that produced a substantially more polished piece. I would recommend “House of Stories” to any writer without hesitation. They're worth every reasonably priced penny."
Film & TV Writer, Killjoys, Haven, How She Move
"Notes from House of Stories on our feature were insightful, constructive and really helped us elevate the next draft of our script. Nikki brought a fresh, professional perspective to our story and while she challenged our soft spots she always remained a supportive cheerleader. If you're on the fence about hiring her, just get off it and pull the trigger. Your work with thank you."
- Dane Clark & Linsey Stewart, Mr. D, Bickford Park, I Put A Hit On You