MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2017
James Gossard is a Maryland poet, screenwriter, playwright, and fiction writer. While penning his first novel, James worked as a freelance journalist in Montana, following the Border Grizzly Project and writing for wildlife joumals. StoryPros named his screenplay, White Dust, in its Top Ten Action-Thrillers. Gossard's other screenplays have also placed in various screenwriter competitions. His stage plays have been produced and have received multiple awards, including the Maryland State Arts Council 2007 Individual Artist Award for September Moon.
In addition to being an active writer, he owns a company focused on writing, video production, and serving as a business development consultant for businesses, nationwide. He created and hosts a web series, Writer, write thyself!, which explores topics of interest in the writer's life. He regularly leads screenwriting workshops that focus on building a screenwriter's toolbox and understanding the elements that create a rich story in film. He has led workshops locally at Balticon and for Women in Film & Video, in Washington DC. He has also served as a screenplay judge and as a script consultant for several independent films.
Last year, James was on location in the Central Valley of California working as the Script and Continuity Supervisor for the indie film, The Drama Club. He was also an Associate Producer.
He studied creative writing at the University of Montana and received his M.A. in Writing from the Johns Hopkins University.
James is a member of Women in Film & Video, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, the Maryland Film Festival, Creative Alliance and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. He lives with his wife, Ann, in Ellicott City.