HEATHER JORDAN ROSS
Heather Jordan Ross is a Scottish-Canadian writer, researcher, and script-editor based in Edinburgh, UK. She has written for print, theatre, stage, and screen. Most recently, she wrote the short film Love It or Flee It, directed by Kate Hammer and featuring Chris Thorburn. In 2023, she co-wrote a short with director Dom Lee, CROAK, which won Audience Choice at the Two Short Nights Film Festival.
Her personal, acerbic storytelling has been featured on CBC Radio’s The Doc Project, The 180, and Definitely Not the Opera and BBC Radio 4, as well as Montecristo Magazine, the Coast, and the Eastern Graphic.
Heather also works a freelance script editor: script editing for uncommissioned scripts, novels, and even comedy hours. She also lectures on storytelling, having taught classes for Screen Academy Scotland's Masters Programme, the Prince Edward Island Writers’ Guild, and the Humour Mill Glasgow.
As a researcher, Heather has worked for Blazing Griffin's Working Differently, BBC 1’s Antiques Road Trip, and CBBC's Saturday Mash Up.
Heather has a passion for storytelling - whether it’s casting contributors with a great story to tell, seeing the through-line in a script with a rut, or sharing a story of her own.
“The story was there, the jokes were there, but Heather jump started me in finding the humour and shape of Hottest Girl at Burn Camp. She helped me prioritise what would make the whole thing really light up.” Krystal Evans, Stand Up Comedian, The Hottest Girl at Burn Camp
"I cannot thank Heather enough for coming aboard and providing such detailed script analyses... Her feedback was invaluable in helping mould my film into the vision I had set out to create. While I declined the help of other script editors, Heather was the first to offer notes on how to focus the direction of my screenplay in ways that respected the vision I had.
I appreciated her commitment to the project, reliable turnaround times, and methodical combing of the script’s formatting. As an individual with a keen eye for detail, I treasured Heather’s equal commitment to the fine tuning of each individual scene. Heather’s editing prowess will have me returning to her for my screenplay editing needs in the future."
- Katelyn Wells, Screenwriter, Winner Toronto International Women’s Film Festival for Best Unproduced Script, Finalist, Lonely Seal International Film Festival.
COMEDIC STORYELLING LECTURES
"I engaged Heather in my role as president of the PEI Writers' Guild (PEIWG) to facilitate an online workshop in comedic storytelling for our members. She was, to use a word that is often overused (but in this case it's 100% true): amazing. Heather not only provided relevant and key information to participants, but she did so in a warm, inviting, and encouraging atmosphere essential when facilitating writing workshops, where participants can often feel exposed and vulnerable. In their anonymous evaluation forms, participates conveyed a desire to learn more from Heather. She was professional, exceeded expectations, and is someone the PEIWG would work with again in a heartbeat." - Christine Gordon Manley, President of the Prince Edward Island Writers' Guild