Jenna holds a deep belief in the power of story to change the world. Stories can awaken us, heal us, comfort us, and inspire us to stretch and strive to do better and to be better. Jenna has a fierce and particular passion for science fiction because it shows us deeper truths about our own cultures, customs, and possible futures that we don’t see clearly until we look through the lens of alternative sci-fi worlds and universes.
Jenna’s love for sci-fi began in 1977 when her father handed her a copy of Arthur C. Clarke’s The City and the Stars and said, “You might like this.” She’s been reading and watching sci-fi voraciously ever since, and was recently labeled “the coolest mom in the class” when she told her son’s first grade classmates that her favorite books to read were the ones with either spaceships or dragons (and sometimes both!).
Jenna writes mythic, dramatic sci-fi and fantasy stories often with deeper spiritual significance, grounded through simple but powerful human relationships at their core.
Jenna Avery is a sci-fi and fantasy screenwriter as well as a columnist for Script Magazine online. She is known for her strong female protagonists and her visceral and cinematic writing style. Her most recently completed spec project is a sci-fi action feature, Starchild, and she is currently working on a feature length script for Faranj Productions, Inc.
Jenna is a graduate of ScreenwritingU’s ProSeries (35B), designed by Hal Croasmun, a well-known expert in the screenwriting world, and is currently completing his advanced Master Screenwriter Certificate program (MSC2). Jenna completed a year of mentoring with screenwriting expert Chris Soth, creator of the “Mini Movie Method” and whose first screenplay sold for $750,000. She also studied with Corey Mandell, an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who has written for major studios and industry players, including Ridley Scott and Universal Studios.
Although her childhood dream was to write, Jenna took a few twists and turns through other careers as an urban designer and life coach, giving her a wide breadth of experience to draw upon in her writing. She also works as a writing coach, helping other writers bring their creative visions into being.
Jenna lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, with her husband, two young sons, and two black-and-white cats.