Nancy Alvarez began writing at Sarah Lawrence College. After graduate school in Russian History she was hired by the Follett Publishing Company to write a book on alternative high schools. She also wrote articles for the New York Times Magazine and Cosmopolitan.
After moving to Los Angeles with her first husband, she was hired to write episodes of “The Waltons” and “Movin’ On” as well as several television movies, including “Sharon: Portrait of a Mistress.” None of the features she developed for Paramount, Fox or Disney were ever made, a typical phenomenon in 1970’s Hollywood, and a source of many meetings at The Writers Guild, west. Her first novel, “Ladycat” was published by Crown in 1980, NAL doing the paperback, and purchased by Universal Studios to be made into a movie. She started teaching screenwriting at UCLA in 1988, going on to teach in the Masters of Professional Writing at USC as well.
After moving to Seattle she taught at Bellevue Community College, North Seattle Community College, and Seattle Central Community College. For more than five years she and videographer Dana Scheurholz facilitated video workshops for adjudicated youth as well as for women in Jefferson and Clallam Counties, which premiered at the Port Townsend Film Festival.
Ms. Alvarez writes a monthly column for The Transition Network, blogs for the Huffington Post, and was named ‘Woman of the Year’ by the National Association of Professional Women in 2012. She continues to teach private screen writing classes in Port Townsend, Washington, and is currently working on a multi-generational novel set in Austria, Poland, New York and New Jersey.
The Transition Network (TTN)
How did I Get Here
The Transition Network [April 28, 2012]
"Me Time: Learning to be Alone; the Best Thing I Ever Did."
The Huffington Post [March 19, 2012]
"Divorce #2: The Shame of It"
The Huffington Post [October 10, 2011]
"50: The Beginning of the End"
The Huffington Post [October 3, 2011]