John Olson

John is an author, story editor, and narrative consultant based out of New York City. He attends and conducts industry presentations of developing stage works, lending audience and storytelling expertise to Broadway companies. He provides narrative development services to film & TV writers and executives (AMC, Discovery, Meter TV, SVT1, R&D Productions, Pigasus Pictures, HC Productions).

At Research Narrative… John operates as a focus group and workshop facilitator, audience feedback analyst, and storytelling curriculum developer —utilizing his background in psychology and communications, his extensive experience interpreting and incorporating audience feedback, and his expertise in his first and dearest love: The Craft of Storytelling.



  • Three majors at Indiana University—English, Theatre, and Psychology.
  • Graduated from NYC’s premier acting conservatory, William Esper Studio.
  • Completed the Kaiser Institute’s year-long professional INTUITION seminar;since, returned as Guest Speaker for their annual “Two Worlds” conference.
  • His play Wonderful is currently headed for Broadway.
  • He’s a famous TV personality…in Sweden.
  • For fun, he composes music and designs fashion T-Shirts.

My Favorite Re Word:


Characters, stories, brands... They only matter to people, if they're relatable. In fact, there exists no meaning in anything at all...except for personal (relatable) meaning, which is the only kind. Writers trade chiefly in the currency of relation and relatability.

You've heard it said that there's nothing new under the sun. Yes, writers create new things (stories). But they chiefly do so by taking interesting combinations of things which already exist, and relating them in an interesting, and perhaps new way. The brand new emerging from the familiar and relatable.

Relate is also at the heart of the word relativity, which is perhaps the most important concept to a narrative artist.

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