Writers'

Alumni

Charli Engelhorn struggled to understand her place in the world as a mixed-race girl growing up in Ames, Iowa. She turned to books, television, and movies to escape and satisfy her curiosity about life and eventually started writing her own stories. At the University of Kansas, she made the super-practical decision to drop journalism for creative writing, but any anxiety about this vanished when her first play was chosen as a semi-finalist for the Kennedy Center College Theater Festival and produced.

Charli’s drive to define her identity led her to set off on a journey of discovery after college that would comprise five states and about thirty jobs. After landing in Los Angeles, she tried her hand at screenwriting, and when her first pilot advanced in several competitions, she enrolled in an MFA program to hone her craft. Charli’s travels gave her a deep understanding of the human condition, which she uses to inform stories about characters on their own journeys of discovery. When not writing, Charli can be found playing volleyball, walking her dog Jacopo, reading, and dancing in her kitchen, unless Jayhawk basketball is on…then all bets are off.