Linda Seger’s Bio
Dr. Linda Seger has written 16 books, with six of them on spirituality and ten on screenwriting (with all editions totaling 25), including the best-selling Making a Good Script Great, Creating Unforgettable Characters, and Writing Subtext. Now that she is in retirement, she plans to concentrate more on her writing.
Before her retirement, Linda was a screenwriting & story coach, screenplay consultant, copyright expert witness and international speaker. See Linda’s client and projects list and read their endorsements here.
Dr. Seger created and defined the career of Script Consultant. She based her business on a method for analyzing scripts she developed for her doctoral dissertation project. Since then, she has consulted on over 2,000 scripts including over 50 produced feature films and over 35 produced television projects. Linda was the consultant for Peter Jackson’s breakthrough film, Brain Dead and for Roland Emmerich’s breakthrough film, Universal Soldier. She was the script consultant on Pasttime and Picture Bride–both winners of the Audience Favorite Award at the Sundance Film Festival–as well as for the films The Long Walk Home, The Neverending Story II, Luther, Romero, and television movies and mini-series including The Bridge, the Danish-Swedish mini-series. Other clients include Ray Bradbury who said, “Linda’s technique is a light to see by,” William Kelley, Linda Lavin, and production companies, film studios, producers, directors, and writers from over 33 countries.
Since 1988, Linda Seger has taught and lectured in over 33 countries on 6 continents. She is an internationally-known speaker in the area of screenwriting, having presented the first professional Screenwriting Seminar in Moscow and Bulgaria and has presented her master class which trains script consultants for the Countries of Germany, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Austria, and Italy. She has given seminars for studios, networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, RAI Television (Italy), ZDF (Germany), production companies, television series (MacGyver, The Mary Show), film commissions, universities and film schools.
Ron Howard has endorsed Linda’s best selling book, Making a Good Script Great, saying he used this book to inform all of his movies beginning with Apollo 13. Two of her books have won the gold and silver medal from the Illumination Book Awards.
Linda Seger has received numerous awards for her work. The Louis T. Benezet Award comes from Linda’s alma mater Colorado College, for innovation in the field of drama and theology. It was given to her at her 50th college reunion in 2017. The award is given to two people a year – the other person who received it in 2017 was from the class of 1980 and worked in social justice areas internationally. Linda received the Candlelight Award in 2000 from Regent University for “being a light to the entertainment industry.” Linda received the Redemptive Storyteller Lifetime Achievement Award from the Redemptive Film Festival in 2010 for “more than three decades of meritorious service to exemplary redemptive storytelling,” In 2019, Linda received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from The Marquis Who’s Who Publication Board for having “achieved career longevity and demonstrated unwavering excellence” in her field. In 2002, Linda received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Pacific School of Religion where she received her MA in Religion and the Arts in 1973. And she received the Medallion from the City of Marseilles, France, for a seminar she team-taught with Kathie Fong Yoneda. She received the Living Legacy Award, which is the beautiful mermaid necklace in the foreground of the photo below, from the Moondance International Film Festival for her support of women in the film industry.
“If you need help on script consulting, Linda recommends John Winston Rainey (firstname.lastname@example.org) and for scripts with a strong mythology slant, she recommends Pamela Jaye Smith (email@example.com).