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Mary Elder, auhor

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Mary Elder

Mary Elder is an author, screenwriter, and novelist. She was a 2018 Hedgebrook Screenwriting Fellow, a 2019 Athena Film Festival Screenwriting Lab Fellow and was named a 2019 Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. Mary's latest project, THE GLAMOUR AND THE POISON, is a second rounder for the 2023 Sundance Feature Film Development Program; her biopic, ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT made the second round in 2020 and 2021. Mary's screenplay, FLOWER GIRL was purchased by Warner Bros. Pictures. She wrote SNOW ANGELS during her tenure as a Disney Fellow. She's currently adapting her Disney Fellowship winning screenplay, DEAD TO THE WORLD, into a novel. Her first novel, BEAUTY TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE APOCALYPSE has advanced to the top 100 in the Launchpad Prose Competition. 


Mary Elder was born in Dublin, New Hampshire. She grew up tapping maple trees, climbing Mount Monadnock, and contra dancing. She attended Cornell University where she graduated magna cum laude. She spent the first decade after college in creative positions in radio, newspapers, magazines, and interactive media. Mary has written numerous screenplays, one novel (in progress), and a television pilot. 


Mary spends most of her time in Seattle with her husband, Rod Gleysteen, and their puppy, Quigley. They have two terrific children, one in the Bay Area, and the other in San Diego. 


At 5:30 every morning Mary can be found either at her desk, writing, or on Lake Washington, rowing with her crew team.

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