Tessa Shaffer

Tessa Shaffer

Author and Screenwriter

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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July 2019
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About Tessa

Shaffer is an award-winning novelist and an emerging screenwriter. A 2019 SHORE SCRIPTS Semi-Finalist for her drama pilot THE UNDERGROUND about the twisted world of human trafficking, the pilot also gained recognition as a 2019 Filmmatic TV Pilot Awards Finalist. Comedy feature FLAKING OUT, based on her own life's experience with anxiety, won the Rome Independent Prisma Award for Best Feature Screenplay and was a Finalist in the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival. She's also a 2019 StoryPros Awards Semifinalist for MRS. CLAUS MATCHMAKER: SUGARPLUM INN based on her original book series.

Award-winning author of HEAVEN HAS NO REGRETS, Tessa Shaffer has been recognized for her writing by the Non-Fiction Author's Association, the National Independent Excellence Awards, the New York Book Festival, and has been featured in several publications including GIRLS LIFE Magazine and The Indie Chicks Magazine. She is also a 2019, 2018, and 2016 Writer's Digest Award Winner.

As a novelist and a screenwriter, she has a passion for translating books to film. She's available for ghostwriting, coaching, and editing at

Represented for literary and film by Rossano Trentin of the Trentin Agency.



  • Mrs. Claus Matchmaker: Sugarplum Inn

    Mrs. Claus Matchmaker: Sugarplum Inn Budget: $100K - $1M | Romance Family With Christmas at risk of becoming extinct, Mrs. Claus sets out to bring the magic of the season back by taking on the role of matchmaker at Sugarplum Inn, a former year-round Christmas destination that now refuses to celebrate the holiday. 

  • The Underground

    The Underground Drama A struggling actress gets sucked into a motivational cult that turns out to be the front for a trafficking ring.

  • Flaking Out

    Flaking Out Romance Comedy A life coach and her anxiety-ridden boyfriend reluctantly spend her birthday weekend traveling through the backwoods of Virginia to surprise her dying dad who abandoned her ten years ago.


  • SHORE SCRIPTS Semi-Finalist

  • Filmmatic TV Pilot Awards Finalist

  • New York Screenplay Contest Winner

  • Portland Comedy Film Festival Finalist

  • Rome Independent Prisma Awards Best Feature

  • StoryPros Award Semi-Finalist

  • The Script Lab Quarter-Finalist

  • Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Finalist

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