Courtney Harrell

Courtney is a novelist, screenwriter, and certified Story Grid editor. When she’s not working at her San Francisco studio, she’s traveling the world in search of the coziest writing spots with reliable wifi. A 20-year-veteran of the film industry, Courtney has worked on hundreds of projects, including major motion pictures, commercials, documentaries, and music videos.

As a longtime manuscript group leader, editing was a natural step for Courtney. She thrives on helping authors discover what story they truly want to tell, and make that story jump off the page. She’s known for digging into plot and her hawk eye attention to detail and drama — or lack thereof. Her editing approach is relaxed and creative, but grounded in the principles of great storytelling. She likes to cut through the jargon, demystify plot structure and empower authors to tell their best story.

She is currently writing the Story Grid editor’s analysis for Ready Player One, the bestselling science fiction novel about the future and virtual reality, and completing the first book in her Middle Grade fantasy series. It includes reincarnation, gender fluidity and a magic crystal.

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