Valerie Kalfrin

Valerie Kalfrin

Author, Film/theatre Journalist, Screenwriter, Script Consultant and Story Analyst

Tampa, Florida

Member Since:
October 2015
Last online:
> 2 weeks ago
Invites sent:

About Valerie

Let’s tell better stories and tell stories better.

“Life is a blur in which it is difficult to see anything clearly because a zillion things are going on all at once," says author, playwright, screenwriter and teacher Alexander Steele. "Art is all about sharp focus."

I love bringing stories into focus, both as a writer and emerging script consultant and story analyst. My 10+ years of experience as an award-winning crime journalist gives me a strong sense of story and structure that I've focused on film and entertainment. I'm passionate about thrillers, sci-fi, and adventure stories, as well as challenging gender stereotypes.

I'm affiliated with the Tampa Bay Film Society and have vetted material for the Austin Film Festival's screenwriting contest. I've volunteered with the Sunscreen Film Festival, one of a handful nationwide to be sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. I also meet monthly with the Tampa Bay-area group Screenwriters of Tomorrow, collaborating with fellow writers as well as providing notes and coverage.

• Blogger for Final Draft and writer for Bright Wall Dark Room, The Guardian, Film Racket, The Script Lab, Signature Reads (formerly Word & Film), The Tampa Tribune, Time Out New York,, and other publications. Interviews include director John Sayles (Baby It's You, Matawan); screenwriters Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli), Patrick Sheane Duncan (Courage Under Fire, Out of Time), and Tricia Leigh Fisher; and screenwriting guru Robert McKee.

• Author of the e-book "Quicklet on 'The Closer' (Season 1)," about the groundbreaking TNT series starring Kyra Sedgwick

• Writer-director of the short film "The Guardian," about a protective three-inch-tall ninja

• Cohost monthly screenwriters' meeting. Lecture about structure, effective scene and character descriptions, and other topics

• Cohost screenwriting workshops sponsored by the Florida Film Network and Sunscreen Film Festival

For writing samples, visit my website at

Unique traits: I'm detail-oriented and love getting to the heart of a story.


  • Quicklet on "The Closer" (Season 1)

    Quicklet on "The Closer" (Season 1) (2012)
    Print by Hyperink Author A ratings smash for TNT, "The Closer" won fans thanks to its twisty plots and Kyra Sedgwick's portrayal of a woman confident in her investigative skills but awkward at personal relationships. It also paved the way for the debut of other original cable-TV series during the summer-rerun doldrums -- and shows with strong female characters over 40. Go inside the initial season with this informative guide that includes detailed episode summaries, character bios, interesting trivia and more.

  • The Guardian

    The Guardian (2011)
    Film (short) by Valerie Kalfrin Writer/Director A three-inch-tall ninja watches out for a small boy and his family.


  • Excellence in Public Safety Reporting - Florida Press Club

  • Excellence in Public Safety Reporting - Florida Press Club

register for stage 32 Register / Log In