Screenwriter and Visual Artist
Hey Hey Hello!
Morgan Lindsay Nelson is a multi-passionate screenwriter and visual artist. She writes unflinchingly off-beat mystery/thriller, horror, and coming-of-age stories. Her scripts explore themes of family bonds, misunderstood women, and identity, encapsulated within bittersweet takes on modern life. Creating since childhood and primarily self-taught, her visual work is inspired by Eggleston-style America, Scandinavian maximalism, and the intersection of her Y2K adolescence with today's internet culture.
Morgan got an early start in fashion, with pattern-making and garment construction under her belt and Parsons and FIT locked in her focus. Despite attracting the attention of luxury designers as a teen after sending them care packages of her illustrations, she found herself grounded in her hometown of Portland. Unlike the breezy neighborhood mysteries she investigated as a kid, Morgan was forced to face the one case she’d never cracked: her anxiety.
While she paused her life and then-dream to reconcile with herself, she forged a deeper fondness for film. Disney, Mary-Kate & Ashley, and Sundance films alike had danced across her hyperfocused eyes for years yet she didn’t entertain filmmaking as a career until then. Screenwriting had it all: the clarity of psychology along with the artistic storytelling of fashion. It gave not just a place for her interests to collide and broaden her field of focus - but a home base where she could explore herself and the world in a more meaningful way.
Today, Morgan’s work remains as personal and expansive with a few more influences: comics, photography, and self-help (The Four Agreements scene in Barry is one of the best television moments in her opinion - iykyk.) She currently pens both pilot and feature scripts in the genre space, is debuting a horror graphic novel on Substack, and is in development on a one-woman web series.
Additionally, Morgan has built upon her journey with anxiety to discover her neurodivergence, an experience which she channels in her writing. Outside of the craft, she brings her Taurus sun, Cancer moon, and Libra rising energy forward to make her home as cozy as possible and fancies herself an amateur Astrocartography reader.
COMEDY: Brent Forrester • The Second City • HORROR: Sessions with Jeff Howard • SCREENWRITING: Script Anatomy • The Screenplay Workshop with Jill Chamberlain • Corey Mandell Professional Writing Training • On The Page with Pilar Alessandra • FILMMAKING: NW Film Center • 2-Day Film School
ASD/ADHD/Neurodivergent • Invisible disability • Artist & cartoonist • Former fashion apprentice • Lifelong Portlander • Prior caregiver for dementia patient • Ex-Mormon • Mental health + anxiety thriver
DESERT ISLAND PICKS
Blink-182, Harry Styles, Olivia Rodrigo, & The Velvet Underground | Carbonara and gyros | Frasier | The Third Man, Paris Texas, & Cleo from 5 to 7. Oh, Laggies & Set It Up too!
Talking about The White Lotus | Sweatsuits from Everlane | Projectcity.tv | Writing, of course! | Taylor Owen sketches
SOME FUN FACTS
• I stan A24 and am slowly building a collection of Marcel the Shell merch. Also: their zines! *Chef's kiss*
• After volunteering as a teacher's assistant at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, I discovered a love of educating and have taught over 5,000 students online - covering topics such as genre writing and creativity.
• I was a harpist from ages 9 to 14, which people think is "so angelic" but it's really just super heavy and hurts your fingers
Wanna Get In Touch?
Discover off-beat horror and other serialized short stories and cartoons over on Substack. 😈