Courtney M. McSwain is a multi-passionate writer, communications strategist, storyteller and advocate dedicated to the affirmation of marginalized voices. She is particularly interested in the power of personal narrative writing for Black women’s identity and political formation, and she uses her work to support Black women’s radical self-love and creative freedom.
Professionally, Courtney currently works as an in-house nonprofit communications specialist and as a consultant through her company CM Storytelling. As a consultant, Courtney helps cause-driven leaders and entrepreneurs clarify their stories and affirm their voices in their content and overall communications strategy. Courtney has worked with transformative changemakers addressing issues as varied as education, youth development, human trafficking, diversity and inclusion, and philanthropy in the Black community. Earlier in her career, Courtney applied her passion for writing, research, communications and social change as a research analyst for a national higher education policy think tank and as a development officer for a national community development nonprofit.
In true “multi-hyphenate” fashion, Courtney also spends time curating multiple writing and creative projects. She is the author of the personal essay blog, And Then I Turned 40 where she explores what it means to be a Black woman (re) imagining herself at 40. In addition, she hosts a monthly book club on Instagram, entitled “12 Months of Contemplation on Love” and invites audiences into conversations on love, the power of owning one’s story, creative affirmation and activating one’s voice (@courtneymcswain).
Courtney holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from NC A&T State University and a master’s degree in public policy from American University. Having lived in Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia for over a decade, Courtney returned to her hometown of Greensboro, NC where she now resides.
“No black woman writer in this culture can write ‘too much’. Indeed, no woman writer can write ‘too much’…No woman has ever written enough.”
— bell hooks