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Joy Goodwin is a writer, filmmaker, and teacher. 


Her screenplay for Mabel, co-written with director Nicholas Ma, is currently in post-production with producers Helen Estabrook (Whiplash) and Luca Borghese (Monsters and Men). Her book The Second Mark is currently in development with Skydance Television (Grace & Frankie, Foundation).


She has written screenplays for the directors Debra Granik (Winter's Bone) and Carl Franklin (One False Move). She is a 2021 Writers Lab Fellow, a 2020 Film Independent Screenwriting Lab Fellow, a 2020 Tribeca and NYU Sloan Grant Recipient, a 2020 Athena List winner, and a 2020 Austin Film Festival Comedy Finalist.

Goodwin executive-produced the Fox Searchlight film Black Nativity. She has co-produced seven other independent films, which have premiered at Toronto, Sundance, and Tribeca and have been distributed by Fox Searchlight, Lionsgate, TWC, IFC, and Cohen Media.

She is the author of The Second Mark (Simon & Schuster), which The New York Times Book Review called "a masterly first book... that manages to tell us something important about the human spirit."

Her reporting and theater and dance criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Elle, Time Out New York, and The Washington Post, among others. 

Goodwin began her career as a television writer, producer, and director for ABC, NBC, PBS, A&E, The History Channel, Lifetime, and other networks. She won a 2002 Sports Emmy Award for writing a documentary about the iconic ABC's Wide World of Sports.


Goodwin is currently Director of Writing for the Screen and Stage in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill. She was Chair of Graduate Screenwriting at UNC School of the Arts for four years. She has also taught writing and filmmaking at NYU, Hunter College, Duke, Western Colorado, and the Jacob Burns Film Center. She is a graduate of Harvard and Wake Forest. 

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