An identical twin, growing up in Kingsville, Texas, Hollie Overton worked hard to stand out. When her jazz trombone dream fizzled and she scored only two points in her short lived basketball career, she was certain the newspaper biz was her calling. But after getting the axe from her hometown paper due to an unfortunate obituary typo, Hollie set out to discover a world that was more than black and white.
She made her way to the Big Apple, where she studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, literature at Hunter College and mixology in Murray Hill, before setting her sights on Hollywood. After several years and several dozen survival jobs, Hollie’s big break came when she landed a spot in the Warner Brothers Writers Workshop. Hollie went on to write for CBS’ “Cold Case,” and Lifetime’s “The Client List.” She is currently a Co-Producer on Freeform’s “Shadowhunters.”
Hollie‘s best selling debut novel, BABY DOLL was published in the US, UK and eleven other countries. Her second novel, THE WALLS will be released in August 2017. Hollie is repped by MetaMorphic Entertainment and WME.
“Hollie Overton really understands the way a writer’s brain works and how to provide a positive environment that her students can thrive in. From the very beginning I felt comfortable throwing out whatever pitches came to mind. I never felt judged. Hollie listened to my ideas, gave me thoughtful encouragement and then challenged me to dig deeper! She is a perfect balance of nurturer and whip-cracker. When I was lost, she was always ready to advise but she never let me off the hook! You may walk into her class confused but I guarantee you’ll leave with a sense of enlightenment. I have grown so much as a writer since I took her class!”
– Danielle Bauman (Semifinalist, 2015/16 NBC Writers on the Verge, Script Coordinator, NBC’s THIS IS US)
“I didn’t feel that I was taking a class; I felt like I was in a Writer’s Room. Hollie led me through my script development like a Showrunner, empowering me with Script Anatomy’s vital tools. She zeroed in on parts of my project that subconsciously — I knew weren’t working. Her insightful notes are sharp-edged, but delivered in an easy-to-take manner. Hollie’s enthusiasm for each student’s project shines through.”
– Nadia Madden (2nd Round, 2016 Sundance Episodic Story Lab)
“Hollie was extremely exceptional at delivering what worked and didn’t work, but leaving it to you to make the final decision on what stayed in your script. I never felt like I was in a student/teacher environment and for me that made all the difference. Because she incorporated her own personal experiences as a working writer into her lessons, my writing goals didn’t feel that far out of reach.”
– Kenya McDonald