Patricia Rust, a Los Angeles native, is an award-winning screenwriter and children’s author. She received a degree in English from UCLA and became a Masters student in film and television, then attended the American Film Institute, where she won several awards, including the American Film Institute Comedy Writing Competition.
Once this UCLA Daily Bruin Editor completed her studies at AFI, she wrote for several Emmy award-winning sitcoms including "The Garry Shandling Show", "Golden Girls," and was head writer on "Thirteen East." While at NBC she won a comedy writing award for an NBC variety special, "TV or Not TV."
Patricia left sitcoms to work exclusively on features and tv movies of the week. She also wrote THE SECRET ISLAND OF TORTUGA, and received the first “Best Feature Animation Screenplay” award from the “International Family Film Festival.” She has also written and developed projects for the leading Hollywood studios such as Warner Bros., Disney, and Fox Family Worldwide. She developed one project for Disney based on her own family. She also wrote, produced, and hosted several magazine shows including On Cue for PBS.
Patricia also writes features about health and beauty as a contributing editor to various special interest travel and health magazines and also serves as a columnist and blogger for several outlets that can be found via www.patriciarust.com or www.blacktieandboots.com. She is also a contributing writer to The Los Angeles Times. Children's short stories under her by-line appear in magazines internationally. Two exciting children’s websites created by Patricia are www.JackietheAngel.com
and www.PowerforKids.com. They are popular the world over and are designed with inner city kids in mind so all kids can have stories.
After achieving success as a screenwriter, Patricia turned her creative talents to developing children's books and wrote the best selling literacy picture book, The King of Skittledeedoo, now in its third printing. The book has been praised by educators as a bridge to learning, and led to the founding of Power for Kids, Inc., a 501c3, which motivates children to become lifelong readers through its "Royal Readers" and "Create-A-Book" programs and is now in its 12th year and has become global. The Foundation recently produced a television pilot based on the successful program that has been selected as a representative of the Writers Guild Foundation.
As a literacy advocate and children's author, Patricia travels the world presenting her Foundation's literacy programs and her Children's Poetry Workshop to schools and youth groups. She also presents adult workshops on "Creative Writing," "The Poetry of Poetry," "Writing for Children," and "Empowering Your Child."