Exploring Other Worlds

My name is Claire Newman and I spend my life exploring other worlds! In my day job I explore the atmospheres of Earth, Mars and Titan, and sometimes get to tell the Curiosity Rover what to do on Mars. The rest of the time you can find me creating other strange and exciting worlds in my fantasy/sci-fi scripts and novels.

In 2015 I reached the final interview round of the WB TV Writers' Fellowship, while in 2013 my "Castle" spec was a Finalist at Austin, and in 2017 my "Jane the Virgin" spec was a Quarterfinalist at Scriptapalooza

You can check out my latest pilot "Book of Ruth" here.  In 1968, a woman raised in a strict religious sect in Iowa must adapt to life in a liberal LA suburb when her husband starts grad school at Caltech.

You can also read my full-length pilot "The Matchmaker" here and my latest spec script (for "Billions") here



TV SCRIPTS
 
I've written numerous specs for existing TV shows, most recently "Billions," "Jane the Virgin," "Person of Interest," and "Arrow." 

In 2015 I reached the final interview round of the WB TV Writers' Fellowship, while in 2013 my "Castle" spec was a Finalist at Austin, and in 2017 my "Jane the Virgin" spec was a Quarterfinalist at Scriptapalooza

I've also reached the second round [top 10% of scripts] at Austin several times with both specs and pilots in the last few years, and my "Leverage" spec won the Scriptwriters Network Television Outreach Program in 2012.

You can find my spec scripts here


TV pilot scripts

You can email me at planetwriter@gmail.com to request any of my five current TV pilot scripts not available here: 
  • Historical drama "Heavens and Earth": In 1968, a young Iowan couple with a fundamentalist Christian upbringing adapt differently to life in an LA suburb after one starts planetary science grad school at Caltech. 
  • Sci-fi drama "Readers" about a telepathic hustler who has to curb her life of crime to give her teenage daughter a normal life
  • Fantasy drama “The Matchmaker” in which a cynical P.I. who has turned his back on romance is cursed to become a supernatural "Matchmaker" putting soulmates together. ("The Matchmaker" reached the second round [top 10% of scripts] at Austin in 2013.
  • Sci-fi thriller "Incarnate" in which a successful horror writer hunts those responsible for his wife's death, and uncovers an ancient order that holds the secret of eternal life. ("Incarnate" reached the second round [top 10% of scripts] at Austin in 2014.
  • Fantasy drama "The Sorcerer" about an ex-soldier with exceptional survival instincts who finds he's the last in a unique bloodline of men and women who can access incredible mental powers. But will he survive long enough to master his new abilities?







OTHER WRITING PROJECTS

Short scripts

I recently had the joy and privilege of seeing two of my short scripts acted out by a fantastic group of actors. Thanks, Henry et al.!! 

"Father and Son" is a drama about the tragedy of dementia, while "Truth or Dare" is a dark comedy about what happens when secrets are revealed among a group of friends.

You can find both short scripts and some photos from the staged reading of "Truth or Dare" here


Feature scripts

I co-wrote the screenplay for romantic comedy "Chinese Girl" for Serenity Media.

Other feature projects include drama "Safe" about a Hollywood tour bus driver recovering from a traumatic past, and fantasy drama "Devotion" about a dog who is rewarded for a heroic deed by being brought back as a man.


Books and games

After my "Psych" script got the company's attention, I was hired to write the storyline and dialogue for Legacy Games' Jane Austen-themed video game "Estate of Affairs." I had a huge amount of fun working with the team and learned a lot about how such games work.

I'm also working on a novel based on my TV pilot script "The Matchmaker" in which a cynical P.I. who has turned his back on romance is cursed to become a supernatural "Matchmaker" until he falls in love again - stay tuned for more details!
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