Charlie Griffin

After starting out as a rock-drumming, choral-singing theatre kid in high school and following a Ph.D. in classical music composition from the University of Minnesota, writer Charlie Griffin spent the next couple of decades as a freelance composer, educator, lecturer, and arts administrator in his native New York, San Francisco, and Eastern Europe.

He settled in 2010 in Orlando, Florida, to teach music production at Full Sail University. There, he founded and still runs the non-profit Central Florida Composers Forum, hosted a radio show (Zero Crossings, on WPRK), and wrote for some local magazines. For fun, he trained in improv and sketch comedy (Sak Comedy Lab and Second City) and film acting (Art’s Sake Studio), landing several roles that include MTV and ABC.

His return to writing began when he graduated valedictorian in 2019 with a BFA in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University. The BFA focused on copywriting, short fiction, genre fiction (sci-fi and horror), writing for comics, game writing, transmedia writing, writing for children, middle grade, and young adults, short films, and television writing. He especially favored writing for media that included a strong visual component.

Charlie is the author of Indy and Jenny: the Story of a Dog who Fought the Odds, Inspired a City, and Found his Best Friend, which features beautiful illustrations by Rebecca Sampson. This heartwarming children’s book showcases the power of resilience, perseverance, and empathy and tells the true story of Indy, a rescued pit bull, and his best friend, Jenny. He is a devoted member of Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Picture Book Challenge community and a volunteering member of SCBWI.

He followed up his BFA with a certificate year in UCLA’s Professional Program in Writing for Television (Comedy Track, 2022). Charlie now has scripts for several short films and a feature available for perusal, as well as two spec scripts and two television/streaming half-hour comedy pilots. His comedy pilot, Assisted Living, is in the Top 6% on Coverfly.

He wrote, co-produced, and directed The Mysterious Life of Amy Thomson McKean, a one-hour play about a composer whose creative musical voice and intriguing life story were on the verge of being permanently silenced. The play stars Karen Shriner as Amy and is accompanied by the brilliant pianist Julian Bond. It gives the audience a rare look into the perspective of a female composer active during some of the most turbulent and fascinating years in our nation’s history. The play debuted at the Orlando Fringe Festival in May 2023 and was remounted at the Breakthrough Theater in the fall of 2023.

His fiction writing has also received recognition, with publications such as Flash Fiction Magazine and Scarlet Leaf Review featuring his works.

Finally, Charlie is an accomplished copywriter who understands the importance of inhabiting different perspectives. He has worked with dozens of clients ranging from local BBQ joints, radio stations, and violin shops to regional medical facilities and national fitness chains.