Terri Dawn Arnold

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Terri Dawn Arnold is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of TDA Entertainment Inc. She is a writer, producer, and director.

Terri Dawn grew up in San Diego, California, and started writing short stories at the age of nine. When her family lived in the Philippines for one year, Terri Dawn continued writing short stories and poems. After graduating from high school, Terri Dawn attended University of California at Davis where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and minor in African American Studies. At the university she took a creative writing class, and received valuable feedback on her stories, two of which are in her book, Growing Pains - 10 short stories about growing up. Terri Dawn's instructor and classmates admired her ability to write believable dialogue for characters and encouraged her to start writing scripts. She followed their advice and received Best Screenplay nominations from film festivals for The Two Sisters and Afraid For Your Life.

Three years after graduating from UC Davis, Terri Dawn moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and continued writing short stories for Growing Pains, which was published in 2008. Prior to publishing Growing Pains, Terri Dawn adapted, produced, and directed three of the short stories for television. Upon her return to California, Terri Dawn earned a Teaching Credential, and then a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. She later earned a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Educational Leadership and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential from Azusa Pacific University, graduating with honors (top 1% of educators). Terri Dawn has taught English (composition and literature) to junior high, high school, and college students. In addition, she taught drama and video production.

Terri Dawn enjoys writing mystery/suspense (Afraid For Your Life) and crime/drama (The Two Sisters) screenplays. Her suspense short movie script, Road 29, was a Semi-Finalist in the Hollywood Connection Short Screenplay Competition. However, she has fun exploring all genres. She takes remarkable care in storytelling and cultivating characters. Currently, she is writing scripts, developing projects to produce and direct, and teaching the course Creative Writing: The Mystery, Suspense, Crime Story at Udemy: https://www.udemy.com/creative-writing-the-mystery-suspense-crime-story.


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