NYWW Header Genres Above.jpg


… is at the core of the workshop. The New York Writers Workshop is the only teacher-founded, teacher-run writing collective in New York City. It offers writing courses to writers of all levels on short stories, novels, non-fiction and other disciplines. The rapidly growing group also co-hosts a webzine at www.ducts.org and runs a monthly reading series.


Marci Alboher is a Vice President at Civic Ventures, a nonprofit think tank on boomers, work and social purpose.

She is the author of the book, One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success (Warner Books, February 2007), which popularized the term “slasher” to refer to a new breed of individuals who can’t answer “What do you do?” with a single word or phrase. She also created the popular Shifting Careers blog and column for The New York Times, where she has contributed hundreds of freelance pieces. Marci’s journalism has appeared in scores of national publications including Time Out New York, Travel and Leisure, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The International Herald Tribune and More Magazine.

Marci makes frequent appearances in the national media offering advice and commentary about encore careers and other workplace trends. She has been featured in such outlets as The Today Show, The NBC Nightly News, and National Public Radio as well as countless print and web publications.

Marci is on the advisory boards of The Op-Ed Project, an initiative expanding the range of voices we hear from in the world, and SheWrites.com, an online community for women writers. She holds an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University.

Marci grew up on the Jersey Shore, living above a motel, and has lived in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Hong Kong. She always finds her way back to New York City, where she has spent more than 15 years. Marci spends her free time reading, traveling, walking, and playing low-stakes poker. She lives in Greenwich Village with her husband, an entrepreneur/designer, and their French bulldog, Sinatra.

For more information, visit www.heymarci.com.


Jennifer Belle burst on to the literary scene in 1996 with her critically-acclaimed, best-selling novel Going Down, which was named best debut novel of the year by Entertainment Weekly, published in many languages, and optioned for the screen by Madonna for whom she wrote the screenplay. Her second novel High Maintenance, was also a national-bestseller, and optioned by HBO and Fox. Her new novel Little Stalker was just out in paperback in summer 2008. She is the author of Animal Stackers, a picture book for children, and her essays and short stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, London’s The Independent, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Ms., Mudfish, and several anthologies. She has taught novel-writing at Marymount and The New School, has led an on-going workshop in her home since 1997, and appears on the acknowledgments pages of dozens of published novels by friends and students she has helped along the way. Visit her at www.jenniferbelle.com


Jacqueline Bishop is the author of five books, most recently “Snapshots From Istanbul” (Peepal Tree Press.) She is also an accomplished visual artist with recent exhibitions in Italy and Belgium. Ms. Bishop was a 2008-2009 Fulbright scholar to Morocco and is the 2009-2010 UNESCO/Fulbright Fellow. She is a full time Master Teacher in the Liberal Studies Program at New York University.

Maureen Brady is the author of the novels Ginger’s Fire, Folly, and Give Me Your Good Ear, the short story collection The Question She Put to Herself and three books of nonfiction. Her short story, Billy’s Mark, was published in The Bellevue Literary Review, Spring, 2008, and her story, Five ‘n Dime, is forthcoming summer, 2008, in Just Like a Girl: A Manifesta. Ginger’s Fire was nominated for a Lamda Literary Award, the Ferro Grumley Award and the ALA Gay Book Award. Other essays or stories have appeared in In The Family; Cabbage and Bones: Irish American Women Writing (Henry Holt); Mom, and Intersections: Poetry and Fiction by Banff Writers, among others.

She also teaches creative writing at NYU and Il Chiostro in Italy, and works as a freelance editor for fiction and nonfiction writers. Several of her students and clients have gone on to publish their books: Susan Breen, The Fiction Class, Plume, 2008; Aaron Hamburger, Faith for Beginners, Random House (winner of Prix Roma, 2006); Heather Benedict Terrill, The Crysalis, Random House, 2007; Danielle Ofri, Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue, Beacon Press, 2005. Maureen has received grants from The New York State Council on the Arts, The Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and The Barbara Deming Money for Women Fund, among others. She is currently Board President of The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund.

Visit her website at www.maureenbradyny.com for further information.


Susan Breen is the author of the novel The Fiction Class, published in February 2008 by Plume, a division of Penguin, and Headline Review (UK). MORE Magazine named TFC a ”Don’t Miss Book,” IN TOWN Magazine featured it as its ”Mother’s Day choice,” and dearreader.com chose it as its novel of the week. In addition, Susan holds the distinction of being one of the first people to sell her work through the New York Pitch and Shop Conference. Her articles have been published by The Writer and Writer’s Digest; her short stories have been published by more than a dozen literary magazines, among them anderbo.com, The Chattahoochee Review and American Literary Review and she has taught fiction classes for the last six years. She has also worked as a reporter for FORTUNE Magazine and an editor at the Foreign Policy Association.


June Rifkin Clark is a partner in Get There Media, Inc., a promotion and brand development company, providing strategic guidance to writers, experts, and businesses, by building platforms, creating awareness, and providing PR outreach to consumers and the media.

For over 20 years, June worked in marketing and promotion, retained by numerous agencies to write and develop promotional materials for companies like Food Network, Bravo, A&E, NBC, AOL, eBay and Kraft Foods, many of which won PMA and Reggie Awards. June also worked in cable TV at Showtime, Group W Cable, and as head of her own agency, Concepts. She is the recipient of a Cable ACE/Emmy award.

After receiving her MA in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College, June became a literary agent at the Peter Rubie Literary Agency in New York (now FinePrint Literary Management), specializing in nonfiction books. Clients include floral designer Michael George, Forbidden Broadway creator Gerard Alessandrini, Cosmopolitan’s “Bedside Astrologer” Hazel Dixon-Cooper, I Love Lucy writer Madelyn Pugh Davis, Soupy Sales, and The Friars Club. She is still an Agent-at-Large at FinePrint to serve her long-term clients.

A published author and playwright, June wrote (and co-wrote) four books, several plays, and has given workshops on topical issues on writing and publishing.

For more information, visit www.juneclark.com.


Mike Cohen is a graduate of the MFA writing program at The Ohio State University and has a BA in English Literature from Dartmouth College. At Ohio State, Mike had the privilege of studying with Melanie Rae Thon, Lee K. Abbott and Michelle Herman; he also taught undergraduate creative writing classes and served two years as the Associate Editor for the Sandstone Prize.

He is the recipient of an artist’s residency from the National Arts Club, and his short stories have been published in The Gettysburg Review, Web Del Sol, Stonefence Review, and other journals. Mike also wrote a play called, The End of You, which was developed by the Directors Company and directed by Erica Schmidt. The play was produced off broadway by Lit Live Production and Pennyseal Productions at The Lion Theatre on Theatre Row. A short film he wrote called Leave You in Me has appeared in over a dozen festivals, winning Best Fiction Film at Action/Cut Festival.

Mike is represented by the literary agency ICM. He has written two novels; the second is currently under submission.



Patty Dann is the author of THE GOLDFISH WENT ON VACATION: A Memoir of Loss (and Learning to Tell the Truth About it), and THE BABY BOAT: A MEMOIR OF ADOPTION. She has also published two novels, SWEET & CRAZY and MERMAIDS, which has been translated into French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Japanese. MERMAIDS was made into a movie, starring Cher, Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, O Magazine, Redbook, More Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chicago Tribune, The Writer’s Handbook, and Poets & Writers Magazine.

She has served as a judge for the Scholastic Young Writers Awards. She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of Oregon. Dann has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and the West Side YMCA. She was cited by New York Magazine as one of the ”Great Teachers of NYC.”


Les Edgerton is the author of 13 books, including the writer’s texts, Hooked and Finding Your Voice. His latest novels were the thrillers, Just Like That and The Perfect Crime along with The Bitch an existential thriller, which was voted the #1 thriller of 2011 in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll. Forthcoming in January, 2012 is his second short story collection, Gumbo Ya-Ya from Snubnose Press. His work has been nominated for or won: the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry Award, Edgar Allan Poe Award, PEN/Faulkner Award, Texas Institute of Letters Jesse Jones Book Award, the Violet Crown Book Award, and others. He has taught writing for the UCLA Writer’s Program, the University of Toledo, Trine University, Writer’s Digest, St. Francis University and Phoenix College. Forthcoming in 2012 are a new noir thriller, a black comedy novel, and his memoir. Les maintains a blog at www.lesedgertononwriting.blogspot.com/.







Gail Eisenberg is the co-writer and co-star of Cat Eisenberg, Dog Eisenberg, an original Web series commissioned by LOGO. She is co-Executive Producer of Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, produced for the Sundance Channel with World of Wonder, premiering fall of 2010.

A former writer/ producer in Comedy Central’s On-air promotions department, Gail is also a freelance copywriter, journalist, and co-author of A Mother Loss Workbook. Her work has appeared in/on The Daily Beast, Psychology Today, Time Out New York, The Daily News, The New York Post, Newsday, Petside.com, as well as on air on Comedy Central, HBO, and LOGO’s first-ever NewNowNext Awards.

Visit Gail’s Web site at www.gaileisenberg.com.


Allison Estes grew up in Oxford, Mississippi, playing on Faulkner’s grave. She has written fifteen middle grade and young adult novels, including the Short Stirrup Club series (Simon and Schuster.) Her most recent book is Paw & Order: Dramatic Investigations by an Animal Cop on the Beat (adult nonfiction, April 2008.) Her picture book, Izzy & Oscar, is due out in spring 2015.

Allison has been teaching children and adults in various venues for more than twenty years. She has an older daughter and a young son, and when she isn’t busy writing, editing, teaching and soccer-momming, if the grave of a famous author is not readily accessible, she plays softball as much as possible.

Visit Allison’s web site at www.allisonestes.com.


Laura Zinn Fromm is the author of the forthcoming How I Killed the Tooth Fairy and Other Tales of Flawed Mothering. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University and teaches fiction and creative non-fiction in the Columbia Artists/Teachers program. A former editor at Business Week magazine, she is the winner of the Clarion Award and the Newspaper Guild’s Page One Award for Labor Reporting. Visit her blog at flawedmom.blogspot.com.


Juliann Garey has sold original screenplays and television pilots to Sony Pictures, NBC, CBS, Columbia TriStar Television and Lifetime TV. As a Journalist she has been on staff or contributed to over a dozen publications including Marie Claire, Glamour, More, Redbook, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, NY Magazine, The L.A. Times and The Huffington Post. She has received fellowships in fiction writing at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and The Vermont Studio Center. She has taught creative writing as a visiting lecturer at Sweet Briar College in VA. As a book editor, she specialized in non-fiction essay anthologies, among them: Voices of Bipolar Disorder—Stories of courage, comfort and strength and Women Reinvented—True stories of empowerment and change. Her short fiction has been published in Ducts.org. Garey is a graduate of Yale University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Her first novel, Electric Madeleine, is forthcoming.


Doug Garr Doug Garr has nearly four decades of experience as a journalist, author, editor, ghostwriter and speechwriter. He most recently has specialized in ghostwriting, including books and a blog.

With “Stuffed: An Insider’s Look at Who’s (Really) Making America Fat (Ecco, 2009), Garr was co-author with Henry J. Cardello. The book received generally excellent notices, including reviews in Newsweek and Forbes.com, among other major media outlets.
Garr is the author of “IBM Redux: Lou Gerstner and the Business Turnaround of the Decade,” (HarperBusiness, 1999). The book had five foreign sales and received more than 30 positive reviews. Kirkus Reviews wrote that it was “a dramatic and well-told adventure story.” In a starred review, the Publisher’s Weekly‘s critic said “…the reporting is even-handed, and his eye for detail extraordinary.” The New York Times Sunday Book Review said, “…his portraits have the whiff of the office skinny.”
He is also the author of “Woz: The Prodigal Son of Silicon Valley,” a biography of the cofounder of Apple Computer, and the co-author (with Mike Edelhart) of “The Complete Computer Compendium” (Avon), and “Mr. Mint’s Guide to Investing in Baseball Cards and Collectibles” (Warner, with Alan Rosen). Garr’s most personal work is a memoir, “Between Heaven and Earth: An Adventure in Free Fall” (Greenpoint Press, 2009).
He has researched and written several books as ghostwriter with Douglas Schoen and Michael Berland, partners in the world-renowned polling firm, Penn, Schoen and Berland. (The firm has worked for political luminaries that have included Bill and Hillary Clinton and Michael Bloomberg.) These include “Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two Party System,” (Random House, 2008) and “What Makes You Tick? How Successful People Do It — And What You Can Learn from Them” (HarperCollins, 2009). As a speechwriter, he has written for former New York Gov. Mario M. Cuomo and several high-profile corporate CEOs.
His shorter published work has appeared in several national publications, including Business Week, Fortune’s Technology Review, GQ, Popular Science, Worth, New York, Strategy & Business, and MIT’s Technology Review. Essays have appeared in Newsweek, The East Hampton Star and the Op-Ed Page of The New York Times.
He was editor-in-chief of Video magazine, and associate editor at Popular Science magazine.


Mark Goldblatt has written hundreds of political and human interest columns for a combination of the NY Times, NY Post, USA Today, Daily News, Newsday, National Review, the New English Review and the American Spectator as well as book reviews for Commentary, Reasonthe Claremont Review, Ducts Webzine and the Common Review. His first novel, Africa Speaks, was published by Permanent Press in 2002; his second novel, Sloth, was published in 2010 by Greenpoint Press. He teaches freshman writing and religious history at Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY), where he is a tenured professor. His website is: www.MarkGoldblatt.com.


Richard Goodman is the author of A New York Memoir, The Soul of Creative Writing and French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France.  His book, The Bicycle Diaries: One Man’s Journey Through September 11th, with original color wood engravings by Gaylord Schanilec, was published in 2011 in a fine press limited edition.  Of French Dirt, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “it is one of the most charming, perceptive and subtle books ever written about the French by an American.”  Richard Goodman has written on a variety of subjects for many national publications, including The New York Times, Harvard Review, Creative Nonfiction, the AWP Writer’s Chronicle, Commonweal, Vanity Fair, Saveur, Ascent, French Review and The Michigan Quarterly Review. He wrote the introduction for Travelers’ Tales Provence. His essay, In Search of the Exact Word, appears in the Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus. He teaches creative nonfiction at Spalding University’s Brief Residency MFA in Writing program in Louisville, Kentucky. He is Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Nonfiction Writing at the University of New Orleans for 2011-12.  For more information, and an extensive sampling of Richard Goodman’s writing, please go to his homepage.


Mary Stewart Hammond was reared in Roanoke, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland. Her poems have been published in many magazines, including American Poetry Review, The American Voice, The Atlantic Monthly, Boulevard, Field, The Gettysburg Review, The New Criterion, The New England Review, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Yale Review. Recent poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, and The Southern Review. New work is forthcoming in The Southwest Review.


Anthologies where her poems have appeared include Women’s Work: Modern Women Poets Writing in English (ed. Eva Salzman and Amy Wack), The Music Lover’s Poetry Anthology (ed. Helen Houghton and Maureen Draper), Sweet Jesus: Poems About the Ultimate Icon (ed. Nick Carbo and Denise Duhamel), Wedding Readings: Centuries of Writing and Rituals for Love and Marriage (ed. Eleanor Munro), The KGB Bar Book of Poems (ed. David Lehman and Star Black), Inventions of Farewell: A Book of Elegies (ed. Sandra M. Gilbert), Stone and Steel and Where Books Fall Open (ed. Bascove).


Her book, Out of Canaan, received the Best First Collection of Poetry Award from the Great Lakes Colleges Association. Other awards include MacDowell Colony and Yaddo fellowships, and a Writer’s Community Poet-in-Residence fellowship. She lives in New York City. Besides conducting workshops and giving readings at many colleges and universities in the East and the Midwest, she taught advanced level workshops at the Writer’s Voice of the West Side Y for nine years and at the JCC for one. She now conducts workshops privately from her home. Her students, some of whom come to her already possessing a few publication credits, or graduate degrees from various writing programs, or just raw talent, go on to win awards such as the Discovery/The Nation, the Nicholas Roerich book publication Prize from Story Line Press, Pushcart Prizes, chap book publication prizes. Others achieve more substantial publishing credentials, or admittance into top graduate writing programs. More information can be found on her website, www.marystewarthammond.com.



Bronwen Hruska has sold original movie and television scripts to Columbia Pictures, NBC, CBS and Lifetime. Her writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, More, Premiere, Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, George, TV Guide, Good Housekeeping, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, New York Newsday and The Village Voice. She is currently working on a novel.

Kaylie Jones was born in Paris, France and attended French schools until she returned with her family to the U.S. in 1974.  Her father, novelist James Jones, bought a farm house in Sagaponack, Long Island, near the home of his best friend, Willie Morris.

She began to study Russian as her third language at age 8, and continued to study the language and literature through her four undergraduate years at Wesleyan University and her two years at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she received her MFA in Writing. She also studied for a year at the Harriman Isntitute at Columbia (1986-87).  Kaylie spent six weeks at the Pushkin Institute for Russian Studies in Moscow in the summer of 1984, and six months in the winter and spring of 1987, which resulted in her second novel, QUITE THE OTHER WAY (Doubleday, 1989).  Her first novel, AS SOON AS IT RAINS, was published in 1986 (Doubleday).
While writing both novels, Kaylie worked at Poets & Writers, Inc. in the Readings/Workshops Program and later as the assistant to the Director of Development.  She fell in love with the poetry written by underprivileged children in the workshops she helped fund.  As a result Kaylie has been a Writer in Residence in the NYC public schools through Teachers & Writers Collaborative for many years. She taught Fiction workshops at The Writer’s Voice from 1988 to 1997, then became involved in the creation of the MFA Program in Writing of LIU’s Southampton campus, where she still teaches Literature and Fiction Writing.  Between novels, Kaylie writes shorts stories, and also screenplays, two of which have won awards.
Her third novel, A SOLDIER’S DAUGHTER NEVER CRIES, (Bantam, 1990) was released as a Merchant Ivory Film directed by James Ivory and starring Kris Kristofferson and Barbara Hershey, in September of 1998.  Her most recent novel, CELESTE ASCENDING, was published by Harper Collins in April 2000.
Working on the screen adaptation of A SOLDIER’S DAUGHTER with Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and James Ivory rekindled Kaylie’s interest in filmwriting. She and her husband, Kevin Heisler, are now co-writing two screenplays for director Terrence Malick, Intermedia, and Propaganda Films.
Kaylie feels that her greatest blessing is her daughter, Eyrna, born on November 9, 1997.


Helen Kaplan‘s short film Return to Sender has screened at over 20 festivals and received many awards. She has taught screenwriting and filmmaking at Barnard’s Pre-College Program, Hunter College, MediaBistro, The 92nd St Y/Makor, The New York Film Academy, and the International Film and Video Workshops in Maine. Helen also contributed a chapter on subplots for the screenwriting book Writing Movies. She has worked as a film editor and was an associate producer on the PBS documentary New York. Helen received an MFA in film from Columbia University.


Laurence Klavan wrote the mystery novels, The Cutting Room and The Shooting Script, which were published over the past few years by Ballantine Books. He won the Edgar Award for the novel, Mrs. White, written under a pseudonym. His graphic novels, Germantown and The Fielding Course, co-written with Susan Kim, will soon be published by First Second Books. His work has been published or is forthcoming in such print and online journals as Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Playgirl, The Alaska Quarterly, The Literary Review, Conjunctions, Louisville Review, Cafe Irreal, SN Review, Foliate Oak, Brink, Conte, Sliptongue, and Killing the Buddha. He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics to Bed and Sofa, the musical produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York. His one-act, The Summer Sublet, produced in the Ensemble Studio Theater Marathon in New York, is included in Best American Short Plays 2000-2001.


Loren Kleinman HeadShot


Loren Kleinman’s poetry has appeared in journals such as Nimrod, Wilderness House Literary Review, Paterson Literary Review, Narrative Northeast and New Jersey Poets. Her interviews appeared in IndieReader, USA Today and The Huffington Post. She is the author of Flamenco Sketches and Indie Authors Naked, which was an Amazon Top 100 bestseller in Journalism in the UK and USA. Her second poetry collection The Dark Cave Between My Ribs releases March 2014 (Winter Goose Publishing). She is currently working on a literary romance novel, This Way to Forever. She also runs an author interview series on The Huffington Post Books community blogs vertical. Loren’s website is: lorenkleinman.com. She can also be found twittering @LorenKleinman.



Sally Koslow is the author of four novels: The Widow Waltz, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx (chosen by Target as a Book Pick,) With Friends like These and Little Pink Slips, inspired by her tenure as editor-in-chief of McCall’s Magazine, as well as a work of non-fiction, Slouching Toward Adulthood. Her articles and essays appear frequently in magazines, newspapers and online venues including The New York Times, More, Real Simple, O the Oprah Magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, The Guardian and Readers’ Digest as well as the anthologies DIRT and Wedding Cake for Breakfast. She often teaches at the Writing Institute of Sarah Lawrence College. Sally invites you to visit her website, www.sallykoslow.com, “like” her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SallyKoslowAuthor) and follow her on Twitter: @sallykoslow.


Kowalski, John





John Kowalski author of Train to the Moon and thought leader behind Babacita; helps artists discover, integrate and influence their brand. As an author and former musician himself, he realized the need of artists, writers and musicians for branding expertise and guidance from someone that understands both the artistic side of branding and the foundational aspect of why a brand is important.



As a thought leader in his industry, he is committed to supporting others by creating opportunity for them to live and work well. He is passionate about connecting clients with their brand power, to influence growth, expand audiences, and create loyalty amongst their followers.



Jonathan Kravetz
 host and founder of Trumpet Fiction (1999) is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the literary webzine DUCTS.org His play, Better Lucky Than Smart, was produced by Manhattan Theatre Source in August/September, 2010.  His play, Prayer, was produced to sold-out houses at the New York City Fringe Festival, 2008. Prayer was a semi-finalist in the annual Reverie Productions Play competition in New York, 2008. Violins, a ten-minute play, was one of the winners of the Bite-Sized International Playwriting Competition and was performed at the Brighton Fringe Festival in spring, 2008 and was an audience favorite at the InGenius festival, New York, New York. His plays, Get Bruised, Parts 1 and 2, played at the TestoGenius festival in New York and were selected audience favorites.  His play, Jim and Dana, was a 2009 finalist in the Oxford, MS Ten-Minute Play Contest. He has several published short stories and has written a dozen science non-fiction books for children. Mr. Kravetz has edited and ghostwritten several essays and and one memoir, The Missing Cub, the story of Chicago Cub lefty Darcy Fast. Mr. Kravetz is one of the founding members of the prestigious Writers Forum at the Manhattan Theatre Source in New York. Jonathan holds a Masters Degree in Cinema Studies from NYU and teaches fiction, memoir and screenwriting in New York City.  He is currently pursuing his MFA in playwriting at Queens college.

Monique Lewis is the assistant editor of Mergermarket, an online news service of the Financial Times Group. In 2011, she created a beginner’s fiction workshop called The Writer’s Corner, based in Brooklyn, and she is working on her first novel, Shady Hills. Monique received both her MFA and MA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University, preceded by a B.A. in Technical Journalism from Colorado State University. She grew up in Aurora and Denver, Colorado and now lives in Brooklyn.



Jeff McCracken (director, writer, producer, actor) developed and co-produced the Robert Redford feature film, Quiz Show that won the New York Film Critics Award as well as being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. He also Executive Produced, One Cup of Coffee, which won the Audience Award for Best Picture at the Sundance Film Festival before being released by Miramax as Pastime. He’s directed over seventy episodes of television including NYPD Blue, Still Standing, Boy Meets World, Dinosaurs. As an actor he’s starred on Broadway, Off-Broadway, films and television. He’s written the dramatic play, Nectar From the Gods, and the feature film, Jimmy Nolan, that he’s also directing and producing.

A Creative Writing graduate of Goddard College, he is currently an associate professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.



Hermine Meinhard‘s book Bright Turquoise Umbrella, published by Tupelo Press, was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, Drunken Boat, How2, La Petite Zine and Verse Daily among other journals; and have aired on WSUI Iowa City and KSFR Sante Fe. Other honors include being named a finalist for PSA’s Robert H. Winner Memorial Award, the grand prize for the Sue Saniel Elkind Poetry Award, a Pushcart Prize nomination and fellowships at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Blue Mountain Center and the Ragdale Foundation.

She has read her work widely in venues such as Live at Prairie Lights Bookstore, Hudson Valley Writers Center, the Kitchen, KGB Bar, and the Bowery Poetry Club and has been interviewed and profiled by the online journals Margin and Chicago Post Modern Poetry. Former poetry editor of the literary journal 3rd bed, she is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of Humanities at New York University and has been guest instructor at the Il Chiostro Workshops in Italy. She has an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College.

To learn more about her life and teaching, and to find links to her poems, visit this site.



Jenny Milchman is a literary suspense writer whose debut novel just sold to Ballantine. COVER OF SNOW will be published in early 2013. Her short fiction has appeared on Amazon bestseller lists, and another story is forthcoming in an anthology called ADIRONDACK MYSTERIES II. Jenny teaches courses on polishing, pitching, and publishing your work for New York Writers Workshop. She co-hosts the series Writing Matters, which draws speakers from both coasts to events held at a local independent bookstore. Last year she founded Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which was celebrated in 30 states, Canada, England, and this year spread to Australia. Jenny welcomes authors in the Made It Moments forum on her blog. Please look for her at http://jennymilchman.com.


Anne Mironchik is an experienced and supportive teacher, jazz vocalist, pianist, composer and lyricist with a conservatory degree in jazz from Manhattan School of Music and advanced studies with prominent, NYC jazz instructors.  She performs regularly in the Metro NYC area and at venues and festivals in several cities throughout the U.S.  Her shows include a toe-tappin’ mix of jazz standards, jazzy adult-contemporary favorites and her original, crowd-pleasing and critically acclaimed songs that are rooted in rock, blues, R&B and country.  Her recent CD, “Cookin’ in the Kitchen” has played on over 100 jazz radio stations nationwide.

Visit Anne’s website at www.annemironchik.com.



Christopher Moore is freelance editor, writer and blogger with extensive experience in New York City. He recently began giving lectures about life in New York City for Explore New York, an elder-hostel.

Most recently he served from January 2008 through May 2009 as the executive editor of Avenue magazine, an upscale magazine chronicling the city’s elite. Before that, for eight years he was the editor of Our Town, the West Side Spirit, the Chelsea Clinton News and the Westsider. All are weekly newspapers and part of Manhattan Media, as is Avenue.

Moore’s news pieces, columns and theater reviews have been honored by the New Jersey Press Association, the National Newspaper Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Three times in four years, he won the Best Column Award from the New York Press Association. While at Columbia Journalism School, he was selected to represent the school at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association annual convention.

He is a 1990 graduate of the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a 1999 graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He lives on Riverside Drive with two adorable cats.

Emma Pearse is an Australian journalist who has lived in New York for 12 years… and counting. SHer first book, Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog sold to US, UK and Australian publishers and is a bestseller in Australia. She garnered great reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and the notoriously tough Kirkus. Emma received her MA in Journalism, specializing in cultural reporting and criticism from NYU and has been on staff at various magazines in New York, Australia and Berlin, including four years at New York magazine before leaving to write the book and conquer the freelance lifestyle. She has written for  New York magazine, Slate,Salon.com, the Guardian UK, The Village Voice, the Financial TimesSydney Morning Herald, among others. Emma lives and works between Australia and New York and is at work on her second book proposal.

Anne Potsen

Anne Posten translates contemporary German poetry and prose and writes short fiction.  Her translation of Tankred Dorst’s novella This Beautiful Place appeared with Hanging Loose Press in May 2012.  Her translations have appeared in Words Without Borders, FIELD, and Stonecutter Journal and her short fiction was recently featured in the journal -ality. She holds a BA in German Literature from Oberlin College and an MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation from Queens College, CUNY, where she also teaches in the English Department.


Francesca Rizzo is an award-winning filmmaker and playwright cited in MovieMaker Magazine as an Artist to Watch. She’s a fellow of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award.  Her short, Sullivan’s Last Call; A sexy little film about celibacy garnered numerous festival awards and her Nick at Nite satire, How To Be Donna Reed, won a gold medal at the NY Film & Television Festival. Two feature screenplays, Mafia Wives, Inc. and Pardon My French have placed in both More Magazine and Sundance competitions.


Francesca co-founded The Perfectly Frank Writers Theatre, an Off-Off Broadway collective producing 32 new works and her plays Good in Bed, April Showers and The Cherry Sisters have been produced in NY, NJ and Florida. Her latest solo show, Never Underestimate Dames Like Her, in NYC at The Cornelia Street Cafe and Stage Left Studio.


A professional voice-over actor, Francesca also coaches authors uncomfortable with public reading and has directed staged readings for both theatrical and literary works.


Contact:  fran@francescarizzo.com

Sites:  www.francescarizzo.com, www.dameslikeher.com and www.therizzocreativegroup.com

Rowland, Neal


Neal Rowland is a writer, script editor and development executive with over 10 years’ professional experience, working in the independent film and television sector in Europe and the United States. He developed many successful films, including the Oscar-winning musical film ONCE (2006) and Oscar-nominated director Steph Green’s debut feature, RUN & JUMP (2013), starring SNL alum Will Forte. As a screenwriter, Neal has several projects in development, including a feature funded by the Irish Film Board. He has lectured at the Irish Film Institute and also teaches a TV writing course for the MA screenwriting program at NUIG in Ireland.




Charles Salzberg is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Esquire, New York Magazine, GQ, Elle, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, The New York Times Arts and Leisure, The New York Times Book Review, and various other publications. He is the author of From Set Shot to Slam Dunk, An Oral History of the NBA, and On A Clear Day They Could See Seventh Place, Baseball’s 10 Worst Teams of the Century (with George Robinson) and co-author of My Zany Life and Times, by Soupy Sales, and The Mad Fisherman, with Charlie Moore. He has been a visiting professor of magazine journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and now teaches at the Writer’s Voice and the New York Writers Workshop, where he is a Founding Member. He was cited by New York Magazine as one of New York’s Great Teachers. His novel, Swann’s Last Song, was nominated for a Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel. He is also author of the sequel, Swann Dives In, a Swann short story featured in Long Island Noir, and Devil in the Hole, which was published in 2013. His third Swann novel, Swann’s Lake of Despair, will be published in 2014. Please visit CharlesSalzberg.com and HenrySwann.com.


 Charlie Schulman is a playwright and a screenwriter.

Charlie is the bookwriter of The Fartiste (Best Musical International Fringe NYC 2006). The Fartiste is based on his original screenplay of the same name and will begin an Off-Broadway commercial run in September. His new musical, An American Family, was presented in May 2008 at the JCC of Manhattan. Off-Broadway credits: Angel of Death, The Ground Zero Club and The Birthday Present. His plays are published by The Dramatists Play Service and in several anthologies. His chapter on playwriting is published in The Portable MFA. (Writers Digest)

Charlie is a three-time winner of The Avery Hopwood Award in Drama from The University of Michigan. He received a Charles MacArthur Award for Comedy from The National Playwright’s Conference and is a recipient of a grant from the National Foundation For Jewish Culture. He teaches at New York University and Spalding University’s MFA program. Charlie is a founding member of New York Writers Workshop.



Rachel Sherman is the author of the The First Hurt (Open City Books, 2006), a book of short stories, and the novel Living Room (Open City Books, 2009). The First Hurt was a finalist for The 2006 International Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, short-listed for the 2007 Story Award, and was chosen as one of the 25 Books to Remember from 2006 by the New York Public Library. Her fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Nerve, Post Road, Conjunctions, n+1, Story Quarterly, and Fence among other publications. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and teaches creative writing at Rutgers University and Columbia Universities.  www.rachelsherman.net



Daniel Stern has written for several of the nation’s top publications, including The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, and Salon. He has covered a wide range of topics from science to pop culture, in feature articles, book reviews, essays, short stories, and news reports.

Most recently he has taught creative writing, literature, poetry, and publishing courses at various institutions, including Hunter College and the 92 Street Y in New York City and the University of Colorado in Boulder. He was selected to this summer’s residency program for artists at the esteemed Vermont Studio Center. In addition, he runs a premier private tutoring and college prep company in Manhattan, Metro Academic Prep, and a national website that improves college essay writing, CollegeEssayOptimizer.com.


Tim Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing.  Recent fiction and poetry appear or are forthcoming, online and in print, in Asia Writes, Caribbean Vistas, InterlitQ,Mandala Journal, The New Poet, the New York Quarterly, Pank, Prick of the Spindleriverbabble, Salt River Review, and in the anthology Long Island Noir (Akashic Books).  He was featured poet in Saxifrage Press (Dec 2011).  “Blue Surge, with Prokoviev,” in Sea Stories, was nominated for Best of the Net 2011.  Tim has been running workshops since 1991, and he’s taught or consulted in the US, the UK, Italy, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, and now China.  He’s lived in London, Florence, Paris, Cha’am (Thailand), Manila, Boston, Miami, New Orleans, Andros Island (the Bahamas), and now Shanghai.



Gini Kopecky Wallace has been an editor at Ladies’ Home Journal, Viva, Redbook, Life and Family Circle, among other publications. She has co-authored two nonfiction books, Masculinity Reconstructed, and Do They Hear You When You Cry, and has edited or book-doctored three others. She has been a contributing editor at Ladies’ Home Journal and Redbook, and her articles and essays have appeared in more than 35 other publications, including Viva, Life, Family Circle, Glamour, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, NYT Sunday Arts & Leisure, Ms., The Village Voice, American Health, Shape and American Forests.

She has been involved in the creation and/or editorial direction of six special-interest publications covering subjects including women’s and family health, college life, and the planet’s water resources, and she has a long-standing special interest in dolphins and whales. She has taught magazine- and essay-writing at Fordham University, Lincoln Center, has been a frequent panelist and guest speaker at writing conferences and courses, and has made regular guest appearances on TV.


Laura Weiss, a journalist with extensive online experience, has written for AOL and for the TIME and Food Network web sites; some of her other credits include The New York Times, The NY Daily News, Travel + Leisure and Interior Design. She was also a director at AOL, where she managed entertainment content partnerships. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Carter Journalism School, and blogs about the Upper West Side food scene at www.foodandthings.com. Laura is the author of Ice Cream: A Global History (Reaktion Books).



Sharyn Wolf is the author of Love Shrinks: A Memoir of a Marriage Counselor’s Divorce forthcoming in May from Soho Press. Previously she has written five self-help books, including Guerrilla Dating Tactics, How to Stay Lovers for Life, and This Old Spouse. These books have been translated into eight languages. Sharyn has appeared on more than 400 television and radio shows, including eight visits on Oprah. Through her writing, she has been a spokesperson in the corporate sector for products from Oil of Olay cosmetics to Viagra. In the past, she led workshops across the United States. The most popular was 72 Ways to Flirt.

Sharyn is a New York State licensed psychotherapist in private practice with more than twenty years experience in individual, couple and group psychotherapy. She has written two books on couple counseling. A former jazz vocalist, she also works part-time as a social worker for the Jazz Foundation of America.



Sara Woolley is an award-winning illustrator and artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY who has been twice recognized by the New York Society of Illustrators and most recently by 3×3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration. Of Colombian and American ethnicity, Sara’s exploration of cultural identity manifests itself in various forms throughout her work.


This can be seen in her MFA thesis, Views from Macondo as well as in her current project, Los Pirineos: The mostly true memoirs of Esperancita Gómez.  A natural storyteller and writer, Sara is also drawn to exploring themes of literature, folk tales, mythology, body image, and femininity.