Write the Story only You can tell

Hi! I am Courtney Harrell, a certified Story Grid developmental editor, a novelist, screenwriter, 20-year film industry veteran and Resistance Whisperer. I believe we infuse our stories with the experiences that shape us and I help authors mine those experiences to discover the stories only they can tell.

As writers, we must use the creative and analytical sides of our brains in order to tell the best story possible in the best way possible.

I help authors transform their ideas into manuscripts and manuscripts into finished works.


Free 30-minute Call Contact me below

Schedule a call and we will talk about your story, where you are in your process, and what could help you get unstuck and moving forward toward a finished draft

**Services and cost subject to change based on writer’s needs and project.

Manuscript Diagnostic Analysis
Investment: $1750

For any finished manuscripts up to 80k words

*$150 per 10k words above 80k

Find out what’s working and specific ways to improve what isn’t


– 6 core Story questions answered that will provide a general overview of your entire manuscript
– An in-depth Story Grid spreadsheet analysis of your first five scenes
– 1.5 hour call to talk through the diagnostic + recording
– A next-steps recommendation letter with clear directions for heading into your next draft
– Genre-specific cheat sheets and masterwork recommendations to study
– A copy of The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne

Weekly Story Coaching
Investment: $625 per month

Great for taking an idea to completion or for moving through a draft revision after a Manuscript Analysis


– Weekly 1-hour developmental calls (booked in 4 week increments)

– Recording of call
– Continued discussion and analysis of your work
– Specific and focused direction to guide your writing toward your goal


The Story Grid:

You are Not the Problem

written by

Courtney Harrell

The Story Grid Podcast:

Episode 126

Special Guest

with Shawn Coyne

The Story Grid:

Resistance is Not Your Enemy

written by

Courtney Harrell

The Story Grid:

Finding Your Theme in the Story of You

written by Courtney Harrell

Writership Podcast:

Episode 122

Does Your Scene Contain Conflict?

with host Leslie Watts