Laura Kirk is an associate teaching professor at the University of Kansas and is an award-winning filmmaker with credits as a producer and actor in many films including Andrea Arnold’s Cannes film American Honey (2017), and Slamdance film The Sublime and Beautiful : (2014). She was selected as a Missouri Stories Fellow in 2018, for her feature script Seekers, which follows a lovable pastor who struggles to share her truth with her flock as the winds of change shake a small congregation and town.
Where do you get inspiration for your work?
LK: My inspiration comes from telling untold stories.
Tell us about a screenwriter who inspires you and why.
LK: I am inspired by Andrea Arnold who spends a large portion of time researching and developing her stories.
Tell us about your writing process.
LK: My writing process also begins with extensive research and notes. Then I outline and write very badly to keep developing the story. When it’s ready I schedule a reading with actors to hear it out loud and scribble many notes.
How do you connect with other writers?
LK: I connect with other writers in accountability groups where we state goals and work and report out at the end of the session.
How has being a Missouri Stories Fellow affected you?
LK: Being a Missouri Stories Fellow means the mentorship I received greatly affects my current work. I will never forget the lessons I learned.
What are you up to now?
LK: My current screenplay Tipping the Scales is a Screencraft True Story & Public Domain finalist. It’s set in St. Louis so the dream is to film it there.