Writer. Director. Storyteller.
Lauren Shippen is a writer best known for her work in fiction podcasts. She was the creator and sole writer of the popular audio drama The Bright Sessions, which ran from 2015 to 2021. She went on to write and direct the #1 podcasts Bridgewater and Passenger List, for which she received an iHeart Podcast Award and BBC Audio Drama Award, Webby, and two British Podcast Awards respectively. She also wrote MARVELS, an audio adaptation of the popular comic and Surviving Hawkins, a Stranger Things podcast. Her current originals are Maxine Miles, a choose-your-own-path mystery for young adults, and Breaker Whiskey, an ongoing daily podcast about shouting into the void at the end of the world. She has written three novels with Tor Teen.
Lauren was named one of Forbes 2018 30 Under 30 in Media and one of MovieMaker Magazine and Austin Film Festival’s 25 Screenwriters to Watch. Through her company Atypical Artists, she helps bring others' audio stories to life. Shippen grew up in New York, where she spent most of her youth reading and obsessing over fandoms. She now lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she does the same thing, just now on her podcast about Tumblr, Dashboard Diaries.