My Academic Profile

I teach screenwriting on freelance basis at different colleges and universities. I run non-university level writing workshops at various institutions.

I am also a PhD candidate at the University of Leiden. My proposed project analyses Utopian visions in migrant films (an oversimplified and generalised summary).  Here is the  link to my PhD profile.

As a film scholar and critic, my research interests span a broad range of subjects. The magic of cinema appeals to me both on an intellectual and a creative level. I refer to and get inspiration from almost all types of arts, social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and technology. I have been lucky because I had the chance to study all the subjects that I had a passion for. I have had scholarships while studying in Turkey, Germany, and Spain to support my studies.

My main research interests are humour, Utopia/Utopian studies, hope, languages, migration, ethics, aesthetics, and peace.

Here is the link to my Academia profile.

And the link to my article on Pablo Guzman's Nostalgia de la luzIt was published in the CINEJ.

I have been writing film reviews on various websites and magazines for years.

Also this is me on IMDb.

My love in academia lies in my background. The first time my primary school asked me what I wanted to become in the future I answered, "A professor". And my teacher smiled. It was only later I understood the reason for his smile - it was a title rather than the name of a profession. Although that was my answer, I changed my mind several times until I reached maturity, but never lost interest in the subjects that I liked in the meanwhile.

I finished primary, secondary and secondary high school in Istanbul. I went to a very diverse and modest primary school, and later entered a nation-wide exam to study at a public school for the next seven years where they intensively taught us English, as well as several mandatory subjects. I later majored in Mathematics and Literature. I particularly enjoyed the Turkish and English classes. I was in the school chorus for seven years. Thinking about it, I am glad that Turkey offered good public education at that time. 

I then studied at Marmara University for my BA in Political Science and International Relations that was taught in English. I am grateful to my professors Ayhan Aktar, Büşra Ersanlı, Yüksel Taşkın, Ahmet Demirel, Semra Cerit Mazlum, and Çiğdem Nas, to name a few, for all the inspiration, and to my classmates who were eager to learn, change, and help change the world.

I also had the privilege to study at Technische Universitaet Darmstadt for a bit longer than a year. 

Did my MBA at Barcelona Management Institute. Got a scholarship, and won an award.

And then an MA in Film and TV Studies at Kadir Has University, where I worked as a research and teaching assistant. I had a scholarship, and a GPA of 4.0.

Overall, I have been happy to study subjects that intrigue me. 

 I thank my parents for the science magazines, the books, and their support.

I thank my parents for the science magazines, the books, and their support.

 

 

Me As a Writer

Fiction - Feature Screenwriting

I consider myself a screenwriter before anything. I mostly think in visuals. Here is the link to my IMDb profile if you want to take a look at some of my film work.

 I have several ongoing short and feature screenplay projects. I also read and edit screenplays. 

My husband and I won one of the Northern Ireland Screen Access Shorts funding of 2015, and our film The Gift has been selected to several international film festivals.

My completed works include two feature-length screenplays, a sitcom pilot, and over ten short screenplays ready for production.

Other than the screenplays, I enjoy writing fiction in other formats. I have ideas for a few graphic novels, children's books, plays, and musicals.

I am currently working on an intertopian (between utopia and dystopian) novel, and a few short stories.

Some of my projects:

The Invisible Child (completed screenplay)

Rina Agosto and Her Magnificent Fountain Pen (completed short story, also working on a script)

Proktria (ongoing project: novel and screenplay)

Maybe (and sequels, short film scripts)

Maybe (alternate versions, short film scripts, ongoing)

Migration Anthologies (completed feature length film script)

Grasping at the Stars (completed short script)

Hum That Song (completed feature length film script)

The King of Skyscrapers (ongoing TV series scripts)

Indemnity (ongoing feature length film script)

On the Way to Granny's (completed toddlers' book manuscript)

Neighbourhood of the Unregistered (ongoing short script)

Shanty Town (completed pilot episode)

 

 

I consider myself a screenwriter before anything. I mostly think in visuals. Here is the link to my IMDb profile if you want to take a look at some of my film work.

 I have several ongoing short and feature screenplay projects. I also read and edit screenplays. 

My husband and I won one of the Northern Ireland Screen Access Shorts fundings of 2015, and our film The Gift is now ready for post-production.

My completed works include a feature-length screenplay, a sitcom pilot, and five short screenplays ready for production.

Other than the screenplays, I enjoy writing fiction in other formats too. I have ideas for a few graphic novels, children's books, plays, and musicals.

I am currently working on an intertopian (between utopia and dystopian) novel, and a few short stories.

Some of my projects:

The Invisible Child (completed screenplay)

Rina Agosto and Her Magnificent Fountain Pen (completed short story, also working on a script)

Proktria (ongoing project: novel and screenplay)

Maybe (and sequels, short film scripts)

Maybe (alternate versions, short film scripts, ongoing)

Grasping at the Stars (completed short script)

Hum That Song (completed feature length film script)

The King of Skyscrapers (ongoing TV series scripts)

Indemnity (ongoing feature length film script)

On the Way to Granny's (completed toddlers' book manuscript)

Neighbourhood of the Unregistered (ongoing short script)

Shanty Town (completed pilot episode)

Max (completed short script)

 

 

 

 

 
 

Writing - Non-Fiction: Daily Aspirations, Modern Life, Magazine Articles

Prose is my middle name. Or maybe third name. I have always written prose. During my secondary school years I won prose competitions. My travel articles, film reviews, and other thoughts have been published in both online and print magazines such as Affinity, and The Belfast Vibe. I have a huge list of articles that I work on, and the list never seems to stop growing. I write about my own experiences, the current affairs, parenthood, being a foreigner/expat, writer, travelling, finding peace and awareness, everyday and corporate life, relationships, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I run screenwriting and creative writing workshops for groups. 

I was one of the respondent artists of the My Neighbourhood project of Contemporary Arts Derry~Londonderry in 2014. I ran a writing workshop in line with the screening of documentary Taskafa.

My future goals include running workshops for expectant mothers, and mothers.