Courtney M. McSwain, Writer


Courtney M. McSwain is a freelance writer and storytelling consultant for nonprofit and other mission-driven organizations. She specializes in interviews, features and essays for magazines and other media outlets. Additionally, she helps organizations working toward social change tell the story of their work through their organizational writing.

McSwain is passionate about using the written word to illuminate the human journey in a way that motivates and inspires. As a feature writer, McSwain covers topics related to arts and culture, education, social entrepreneurship and public affairs. McSwain’s freelance writing career builds upon a decade of work in the nonprofit sector, where she has used the written word to tell the story of social change for a variety of audiences. McSwain has honed her nonprofit writing skills as a grant writer, research analyst and consultant, having crafted six-figure grant proposals, nationally disseminated policy reports and public relations materials that garnered local and national media coverage. McSwain’s passion for writing extends to her volunteer efforts, and she is an active reading and writing tutor with the Wright to Read program in Alexandria, Va.

McSwain received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, N.C., and her master’s degree in public policy from American University in Washington, D.C. She resides in Alexandria, Va.