Discipline: Film/Video – screenplay, Literature – nonfiction

Guinevere Turner

Discipline: Film/Video – screenplay, Literature – nonfiction
Region: Los Angeles, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2017, 2019, 2022

Guinevere Turner is a writer, director, and actor who has been working in film and TV since her 1994 debut film Go Fish, which she wrote, produced, and starred in. Guinevere has taught screenwriting at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University, University of Georgia, UCLA, and NYU.

She teamed up with director Mary Harron to write the films American Psycho, The Notorious Bettie Page, and the 2019 film Charlie Says. She was a writer and story editor on Showtime’s “The L Word,” and she played a recurring character on that show. She has written and directed seven short films, two of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

She can be seen in roles on The Watermelon Woman, Chasing Amy, American Psycho, and “The L Word.” Her latest screenplay, Charlie Says, was directed by Mary Harron and opened in theaters and on digital platforms in May of 2019. A film she has a role in, Candyland, will premiere at the Locarno Film Festival in fall 2022, and in July 2022 she is being honored as one of the "Architects of Outfest," the Los Angeles LGBTQIA festival, for her years of mentoring in their screenwriting lab.

During her first MacDowell Fellowship in 2017, Turner completed a rewrite of a narrative feature script for The Lusty about the true story of exotic dancers who unionized in San Francisco in the nineties. She also wrote a first draft of a TV pilot called Us and Them, which tackles some of the conflicts around the new non-binary gender identities in a young generation of LGBT people. In 2018, she finished a screenplay and prepared for her film Charlie Says, which was to be released in theaters in May of 2019. During her 2022 Fellowship, she wrote the final two chapters of her (as yet untitled) memoir, to be published by Penguin Random House in Summer of 2023. A section of the piece was originally published as an essay in The New Yorker in April of 2019.



Guinevere Turner worked in the Adams studio.

Given to the MacDowell Association by Margaret Adams of Chicago, the half-timbered, stuccoed Adams Studio was designed by MacDowell Fellow and architect F. Tolles Chamberlin ca. 1914. Chamberlin was primarily a painter, but also provided designs for the Lodge and an early renovation of the main hall. The studio’s structural integrity was restored during a thorough renovation in…

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