Emma Gendron was the first woman to work as a screenwriter in Quebec, and probably the first to work as an assistant director. She started as a journalist at Le Samedi newspaper where she wrote stories and various news columns. Around 1920 she began collaborating with Joseph-Arthur Homier, the first feature-length director of fiction films in Quebec. She penned the screenplay for Madeleine de Verchères, an epic historical drama about a woman’s heroic exploits in New France. She then wrote the screenplay for La drogue fatale, a detective story about drug traffickers who try to blackmail the police chief in Montreal. Later she became editor of several popular magazines, such as La Revue de Manon, which frequently contained columns on cinema.