Award-winning novelist and screenwriter, Gabrielle Burton's novel, Heartbreak Hotel, published by Charles Scribner's Sons, was awarded the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer's Award, and the Maxwell Perkins Prize for exceptional writing. It was reprinted by the prestigious Dalkey Archive Press. She wrote the non-fiction book, I'm Running Away From Home But I'm Not Allowed to Cross the Street, a primer on the Women's Movement. Her articles, essays, and reviews appear in national publications including the Washington Post, Family Circle, Ms. Magazine, and The New York Times.
She received the Mary Pickford Prize from the American Film Institute (where she received an MFA in Screenwriting). She won the Austin Film Festival's top prize for screenwriting the same weekend she was selected as one of only eleven international writers to attend the Equinoxe Screenwriting Conference in Bordeaux, France. She was named a Nicholl Screenwriting Fellow by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She has been the recipient of Arts Council grants and was selected to participate in the Independent Feature Project (IFP) Screenwriting Lab. Her screenplay, Manna From Heaven, was chosen as a critics pick by the Washington Post and called "Capra-esque. Charming, charming, charming" by NPR. After national theatrical distribution, em>Manna From Heaven was released on DVD by MGM/Sony.
Her memoir Searching For Tamsen Donner , was published by University of Nebraska Press, 2009, and her novel Impatient With Desire, was published by Hyperion/Voice, 2010. She was a delegate for Shirley Chisholm's run for President and was an integral member of peace and equal rights groups, and continues to be politically passionate. She has worked as a public speaker, as well as judge for literary prizes. She has been a Member of the Ossabaw Island Project, a Yaddo fellow, a MacDowell Colony fellow, and the Bernard De Voto Fellow in Non Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference. She is a member of The American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel.