Robin Swicord

Writer, Memoirs of a Geisha, Little Women, Matilda | Story Rising: How to Build from Character and Theme

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Robin Swicord is primarily known for her work as a screenwriter for MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (Satellite Award for best screenplay); LITTLE WOMEN, (co-producer, Writers Guild award nomination); MATILDA (co-written and co-produced with Nicholas Kazan); the cult comedy SHAG (shared); THE PEREZ FAMILY; and PRACTICAL MAGIC (shared). She has written two plays that were produced off-Broadway (Last Days at the Dixie Girl Café, Criminal Minds, both published by Samuel French).

In 2009 Swicord received an Oscar nomination for her contribution to THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, a project Swicord originated and worked on for more than a decade.

Swicord made her feature-directing debut with Sony Pictures Classics’ THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB, produced by Julie Lynn and John Calley, for which Swicord also wrote the screenplay adaptation.

Swicord wrote and directed the feature film WAKEFIELD, an adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s short story starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner which had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, after premiering at Telluride September 2016.  WAKEFIELD opened in theatres in May 2017, and is currently streaming.

Swicord is producing and writing episodes of Ava DuVernay’s Netflix mini-series “The Central Park Five”, now in post-production.  With Amy Pascal and Denise DiNovi, Swicord is also producing Greta Gerwig’s 2019 feature, “Little Women”.   Swicord is currently writing an independently-financed feature to direct: “The Tempest Hotel”, a romantic comedy set in Bermuda, about climate change.

Swicord is currently a Governor for the Writers Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and chairs the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship. She mentors for the Sundance Screenwriting lab, and often co-leads Film Independent’s Writers Lab. In 2015 she helped create and launch the inaugural Hedgebrook Screenwriting Workshop for women writers, which took place again in October 2016.  Swicord is married to screenwriter Nicholas Kazan; they have two daughters, actor-writer Zoe Kazan and actor-writer Maya Kazan.