Pat has written screenplays for Touchstone Pictures, Witt-Thomas Productions, and Disney’s animation division. She has also worked as a story consultant for Disney/Pixar as part of their Brain Trust.

She wrote and directed the feature film True Crime, and her writing credits also include documentary shorts for HBO and Showtime. She co-produced Somewhere Between, a feature documentary about four teenaged girls adopted from China, which was released theatrically, aired on Netflix, and was chosen to be part of Sundance’s Film Forward Program.

As a writing coach, story consultant, and script editor, Pat works with New York Times bestselling authors, professional screenwriters, and beginners of all stripes on their books and screenplays. She served as a story consultant on the Tinkerbell franchise, including Tinkerbell: The Secret of the Wings and The Great Fairy Rescue, and is currently script editor on the Australian feature films Thunder and Bad Girl.

Pat serves as a mentor for CINESTORY, and has worked as a volunteer teacher for InsideOUT Writers– a non-profit that runs creative writing workshops for incarcerated youth inside Los Angeles County’s juvenile halls.

Pat is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America, and teaches screenwriting in UCLA Extension’s Creative Writing Program. She writes a weekly blog on writing craft and inspiration at