Profile

Cory McCarthy is the acclaimed author of four YA novels, as well as a forthcoming coauthored space fantasy duology and a nonfiction picture book about Arab American poet Kahlil Gibran.

Kirkus hailed their lyrical science fiction debut The Color of Rain as “an elegantly written and emotionally cathartic page-turner.” Their futuristic thriller Breaking Sky is in development to become a major motion picture, and their contemporary You Were Here combines word art poetry, graphic novel, and prose. Cory’s feminist romcom Now A Major Motion Picture is, according to Kirkus, “a war cry and a love letter all at once,” and their novel in verse won the MG category of the Katherine Paterson Prize.

Cory holds a BA and MFA in creative writing as well as a degree in screenwriting. They cofounded the annual Rainbow Writers Workshop with their partner and, like many of their characters, are a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Education

MFA - WCYA | VCFA
Postgraduate Certificate - Screenwriting | UCLA
BA - Creative Writing | Ohio University

Selected work

Varian Johnson

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Shelley Tanaka

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Loree Griffin Burns

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Cory McCarthy

Faculty, MFA in WCYA; Alumnx Mini-Residency

Alan Cumyn

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Kathi Appelt

Faculty Emerita, MFA in WCYA