Ryan has been a freelance screenwriter and writing coach for more than a decade and his produced screenplays have received more than 40 awards and international distribution. He has worked across all genres in film and television and has head written and narrative designed 18 different video game titles before joining the Tales team. In 2016 he founded a podcast company (Dumb-Dumbs & Dice) whose science fiction, fantasy and horror shows have received more than one million listens to date. He is currently writing his third novel, and his first will be published in the fall of 2022.
Tom has always loved stories and has spent his career helping people tell them on stage, screen, and page. As the Content Development Lead at Wattpad, Tom seeks to help writers create the best version of their stories possible, often by playing the part of their first audience and offering practical ways to dial up the strengths and reduce any weaknesses. A playwright, producer, actor, puppeteer, and writer, he also runs two theatre companies in Toronto (an adult company and a puppet Shakespeare company), is the show-runner and Dungeon/Game Master for five weekly podcasts on the Dumb-Dumbs and Dice network, teaches playwriting at Queens University (his alma mater), and has a master’s degree in theatre studies from the University of Toronto. He also recently had a baby, but that’s neither here nor there.
Nathan is a writer and producer from Richmond, VA. He is also the director and founder of the GenreBlast Film Festival at the Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester, VA. It was named one of the Top 50 Genre Fests in the world according to MovieMaker Magazine. His first feature film as a producer, “Worst Laid Plans” is currently in post production. His novella “Love Potion #666” will be out in May 2022 from D&T Publishing.
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