Beverly (Bev) Chukwu is a writer, producer and script analyst of Nigerian descent. She is currently a screenwriting fellow at the James A. Michener Center for Writers, where she also studies fiction. Before starting her master’s degree, Bev satisfied her writing itch by performing personal stories at live storytelling events and teaching workshops for creative nonprofits such as Latinitas and Austin Bat Cave. From 2017 to 2018, she was an intern and episode writer for New Sky Kids, a YouTube channel affiliated with New Sky Pictures in Austin. It was there that she explored her fascination with the intersection between family dynamics and childlike points of view. She is also a former personal assistant for local and LA-based producer Kristen Mann, an opportunity that allowed her to write coverage for scripts nearing production.
As someone who writes about magic and liberation, Bev gets her inspiration from nature, theater, poetry and dance. Likewise, development is her favorite part of the storytelling process. She has experience producing both prerecorded and live videos, earning producing credits on short films that have screened at festivals including Cine Las Americas and Out on Film, Atlanta’s LGBTQ festival. Her latest credit was in January 2020, when she helped curate and produce the first TEDx South Congress event in Austin.
What Bev loves most about coaching is learning what writers mean to say with a piece of work and helping them execute that vision!