Courtney Carliss Young
Writer and entrepreneur
New York City and Southwest Louisiana (USA)
From October 15 to October 30, 2018
Courtney Young is a writer and entrepreneur who splits her time between New York City and Southwest Louisiana (where she was born and raised). She is the founder of Think Young Media Group, a boutique technology and media firm that produces narrative, documentary and television projects. She is also the co-founder of Heartmob, a tech platform designed to reduce trauma and isolation for individuals experiencing online harassment. Heartmob was endorsed by the New York Times and has been featured in FastCompany, the Washington Post, Policy Mic, and Cosmopolitan Magazine. Young has written for publications such as The Nation, The American Prospect, and Ms. Magazine and is currently working on her first book, a collection of short stories. She is also a fellow at New York University’ Development Production Lab where she is producing her first feature film, “This Savage Life Makes Us Hard to Kill.” She is a graduate of both Spelman College and New York University.
During my stay at Faber Residency, I will advance and edit three short stories included in my short story collection “I Surrender”. Themes included in this story collection include: grief, racism, colorism, sexism, fantasy and violence. In particular, as a daughter of Southwest Louisiana, Southern locales, customs, and history, play heavily in this collection. I am attending the Faber Residency on the Feminisms track for time to investigate feminist themes for this work of fiction.