The Writing Institute Faculty




Established in 1983, The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College has a proud history of workshops, classes, events, and conferences made viable by our esteemed faculty. Teachers at The Writing Institute come from many walks of life, locales near and far, and include fiction writers, editors, poets, an expert on iguanas, memoirists, teachers from New Mexico as well as Korea, a grandfather of sixteen, essayists, screenwriters, writers on social justice, a humorist who believes that uncool is cool, and many more. Although some class offerings change over the year, each member of The Writing Institute faculty believes in our goal to help every writer become the writer they want to be.

Please take a moment to learn more about our faculty members. The Writing Institute updates this list regularly and hopes you will consider our faculty's workshops now and for the future. We have categorized this listing by genre, however most of our faculty have experience in a variety of forms and styles as you will see in these fascinating bios that highlight the diversity of experience each brings to The Writing Institute.


Marcia Bradley

Marcia Bradley

Marcia Bradley, MFA, Sarah Lawrence College, writes fiction and creative nonfiction. She won a 2019 Bronx Council on the Arts/BRIO award for fiction for her story Englewood, set on the South Side of Chicago that explores how mothers survive the violence that surrounds their daily lives. Marcia has been published in Two Hawks Quarterly Magazine, in Hippocampus Magazine, where her story received a Most Memorable ranking, received an honorable mention from Glimmer Train, and her memoir essay about her brother was published in The Capital Gazette. Marcia was a scholarship attendee at Squaw Valley Community of Writers, at Writers in Paradise at Eckerd College, and received a writer's residency at Ragdale outside of Chicago. Marcia also teaches creative writing for New York area high school students in programs sponsored by the Yonkers School District and the Greater New York Chapter of the Fulbright Association. Marcia has two daughters, lives in the Bronx, and is working on Wayward, a novel about women, social justice, and seeking freedom no matter the cost. 

Brian Centrone

portrait of Brian CentroneBrian Centrone is the author of the short story collection, Erotica. The book collects 5 of his previously published gay, erotic short stories and 2 never-before-published works. He is also the author of the literary short story collection I Voted for Biddy Schumacher: Mismatched Tales from the Mind of Brian Centrone and of the novel, An Ordinary Boy. Four of his One-Act plays have been produced for the stage as part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ The Big Read program, including his recently published play, We, the Jury. His writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, literary and arts journals, newspapers, and online. He is the Co-Founder and Publisher of New Lit Salon Press as well as the co-editor of Southern Gothic: New Tales of the South and the editor of Salon Style: Fiction, Poetry & Art.

Leland Cheuk

Leland CheukA MacDowell Colony and Hawthornden Castle Fellow, Leland Cheuk is the author of the story collection Letters from Dinosaurs (2016) and the novel The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong (2015). Cheuk's work has been covered in VICE, The Millions, The Rumpus, Asian American Writers Workshop, and has appeared in or is forthcoming in publications such as Salon, Catapult, Joyland Magazine, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, [PANK] Magazine, among others. He is the fiction editor at Newfound Journal and the founder of the indie press 7.13 Books. He lives in Brooklyn. You can follow Leland on Twitter.

Patricia Dunn

Patricia DunnPatricia Dunn, MFA, is the author of the young adult novel Rebels by Accident (Sourcebooks Fire). Her writing has appeared on Salon; in the Village Voice, The Nation, LA Weekly, The Christian Science Monitor; in the anthology Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women (Soft Skull); and elsewhere. She has an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College where she is the former senior director of the Writing Institute and founded the annual Publish and Promote Your Book Conference. Patricia is at work on her third novel.  

Jimin Han

Jimin HanJimin Han was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up in New York, Rhode Island, and Ohio. She attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her writing can be found online at NPR's “Weekend America,” Poets & Writers Magazine, Entropy, The Rumpus, Hyphen Magazine, Kartika Review,, and elsewhere. A Small Revolution (Little A Books) is her first novel.

Nicole Haroutunian

Nicole HaroutunianNicole Haroutunian is the author of the story collection Speed Dreaming (Little A, 2015) and literary coeditor of the anthology Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City's Forgotten Waterfront (Damiani, 2016). Her work has appeared in Post Road, Joyland, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, online at Tin House, and elsewhere. She is coeditor of the digital arts platform Underwater New York and cofounder of the reading series Halfway There. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Queens.

Veera Hiranandani

Veera HiranandaniVeera Hiranandani earned her MFA in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of The Night Diary (Dial) and The Whole Story of Half a Girl (Delacorte Press), which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asian Book Award Finalist. She is also the author of the chapter book series, Phoebe G. Green (Grosset & Dunlap). A former editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing and is working on her next novel. Follow Veera on Twitter or Instagram.

Susan Kleinman

Susan KleinmanSusan Kleinman’s short stories have appeared (or are forthcoming) in The American Literary Review, Another Chicago Magazine, The Baltimore Review, Inkwell,, The MacGuffin, the William and Mary Review, and, and her articles and book reviews have been published in dozens of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times and New York Magazine. Prior to teaching at the Writing Institute, Susan was  a Gurfein Fellow in 2010, and she has taught writing at The New School, The Bronxville Adult School, and several high schools and middle schools. She is currently at work on a linked collection of stories and on a novel. “I especially love teaching beginners,” says Susan, “because I have the great honor of helping aspiring writers flip the switch from wondering whether they can write to knowing that they can. I believe in (gently!) pushing my students to do their best possible work, while taking great care to ensure that the workshop environment is nurturing, kind, and fun.” 

Steven Lewis

Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis is a former Mentor at SUNY-Empire State College, longtime member of the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute faculty, and longtime freelancer. His work has been published widely, from the notable to the beyond obscure, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, LA Times, Ploughshares, Narratively, Spirituality & Health, Road Apple Review, The Rosicrucian Digest, and a biblically long list of parenting publications (7 kids, 16 grandkids). He is a Contributing Writer at Talking Writing Magazine and Senior Editor/Literary Ombudsman for the spoken word venue Read650. His book list includes Zen and the Art of Fatherhood, Fear and Loathing of Boca Raton, a recent chapbook of poems, If I Die Before You Wake, and three novels, Take This, a generational sequel, Loving Violet, and A Hard Rain, all from Codhill Press. A new novel, The Lights Around the Shore, will be published in 2021.

Eileen Palma

Eileen PalmaEileen Palma is the author of a middle grade duology The Popularity Pact (Running Press Kids). The first book Camp Clique is scheduled for spring 2020 and the second book School Squad is scheduled for fall 2020. Her romantic comedy Worth the Weight (Diversion Books 2014) was selected as a compelling read from an emerging author for Barnes & Noble’s Nook First program and has won multiple awards. Eileen performed her essay “The Moskowitz Girl” at Read650 at Chelsea’s Cell Theater, and has read at The Lady Jane Salon, a romance fiction reading series in Manhattan. Eileen’s essays on motherhood have appeared in Blunt Moms, The Momoir Project and Her View From Home. Eileen loves teaching just as much as writing and has experience teaching age groups from pre-K up to adult education and everything in between. She has a dual B.A. in English and Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is an alumna of The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College.

Katie Rainey

Katie RaineyM.K. (Katie) Rainey is a writer, teacher, and editor from Little Rock, Arkansas. She is the winner of the 2017 Bechtel Prize at Teachers & Writers Magazine and the 2017 Lazuli Literary Group Writing Contest. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Collagist, 3AM Magazine, Atticus Review, Fiction Southeast, and more. She co-hosts the Dead Rabbits Reading Series, and lives in Harlem with her dog. Sometimes she writes things the dog likes.

Ines Rodrigues

Ines RodriguesInes Rodrigues is a Brazilian journalist, writer, and teacher. Her first novel, Days of Bossa Nova, was published in 2017 by Black Opal Books. Ines teaches Creative Writing at The Writing Institute and Italian language at Bronxville Adult School. She worked as a journalist and radio host in Brazil and lived in Italy and London before making New York her home years ago. Since 2015, she also promotes the Scarsdale Salon, a quarterly literary event at the Scarsdale Public Library.

Thaddeus Rutkowski

Thaddeus RutkowskiThaddeus Rutkowski is a graduate of Cornell University and The Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of the books Guess and Check (Gival Press), Violent Outbursts (Spuyten Duyvil), Haywire (Starcherone Books), Tetched (Behler Publications), and Roughhouse (Kaya Press). Haywire won the Members' Choice Award, given by the Asian American Writers Workshop. He also teaches at Medgar Evers College and the Writer's Voice at the West Side YMCA in New York. He received a fiction writing fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and has been a resident writer at MacDowell, Yaddo, and other colonies. His stories have appeared in Copper Nickel, Faultline, Fiction, Fiction International, Hayden's Ferry Review, Iron Horse Review, Sou'wester, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and many other publications.

Steven Schnur

Steven SchnurSteven Schnur (BA, Sarah Lawrence College; MA, Graduate Center, City University of New York) studied writing with Grace Paley, Jane Cooper, Irving Howe, and Alfred Kazin and has devoted forty-five years to writing fiction and nonfiction for adults and children. Since 1990, Steve has been a faculty member of The Writing Institute. His two dozen books include Father's Day, Beyond Providence, The Koufax Dilemma, The Shadow Children (winner of the Sidney Taylor Award for outstanding juvenile fiction), and The Tie Man's Miracle: A Chanukah Tale (which aired as a PBS animated special). When not writing, Steve can be found behind a camera documenting the lives of young children, taking care of his grandchildren, riding a bicycle, or pursuing the violin and the piano with more ardor than either has ever shown him. He is married to his high school sweetheart (also a Sarah Lawrence grad) with whom he raised three children.

Barbara Solomon Josselsohn

Barbara Solomon Josselsohn

Barbara Solomon Josselsohn is the author of the novels THE LILAC HOUSE (Bookouture) and THE LAST DREAMER (Lake Union Publishing). Her articles and essays appear in publications including New York Magazine, Parents Magazine, Consumers Digest, The New York Times, Writer’s Digest, and Westchester Magazine. She currently teaches creative writing and is working on her third novel, which is scheduled for release this fall. Visit her online at and follow her on Twitter @BarbaraJoss and Instagram @Barbara_Josselsohn_Author. 

Marian Thurm

Marian ThurmMarian Thurm is the author of seven novels and four short story collections, including the most recent, Today Is Not Your Day, a New York Times Editors' Choice. Her novel, The Clairvoyant, was a New York Times Notable Book. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Michigan Quarterly, The Southampton Review, and many other magazines, and have been included in The Best American Short Stories, and numerous other anthologies. Her books have been translated into Japanese, Swedish, Dutch, German, and Italian. In addition to teaching at the Writing Institute, she has taught creative writing at Yale University and Barnard College, and in the MFA programs at Columbia University and Brooklyn College.

Crissy Van Meter

Crissy Van MeterCrissy Van Meter has an MFA from The New School in New York City. She is the managing editor at Nouvella Books and the founding editor of Five Quarterly, a democratic literary project and magazine in Brooklyn. Her writing has appeared in VICE, Catapult, Guernica, Bustle, ESPN, The Hairpin, Golly, VIDA, and more. Her debut novel is forthcoming from Algonquin Books. She lives in Los Angeles.

Nonfiction & Memoir

Rachel Aydt

Rachel AydtRachel Aydt is a part-time Assistant Professor of writing and literature at the New School University. She's lived in New York for over 25 years, working for national magazines in staff positions; writing and editing; and teaching across many genres of writing (nonfiction, literature, journalism). In 2017, she received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in Creative Nonfiction. She's published essays in The White Review, Broad Street Journal, and many other publications, received a fellowship to the 2018 Colgate University Writers' Conference, and has completed a memoir.

Rachel is thrilled to be teaching “Storytelling from a Place of Mindfulness” at the Writer's Institute.

Cindy Beer-Fouhy

Cindy Beer-FouhyCindy Beer-Fouhy is a writing instructor, freelance writer and arts consultant who has taught in schools and community facilities for over 35 years. She was founder and director of the Literary Arts Department at the Northern Westchester Center for the Arts and curator of the award-winning Creative Arts Café poetry series for which she received The Michael and Helen Schaffer Foundation Honorable Award for Work in the Arts. Her poetry, essays, articles, and interviews have been published in Bronx Accent: A Literary and Pictorial History of the Borough (Rutgers University Press), Westchester Arts Council’s Arts News, Roll Magazine and Westchester Family. Her poems have been winners of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Greenburgh Poetry Competitions. Cindy has served as a judge for the National Jewish Book Awards and as a consultant for the Master of Arts in Writing program at Manhattanville College. On the advisory committee of the Hudson Valley Writers Center’s Slapering Hol Press and member of the National Writers Project, Cindy is a Teaching Artist through ArtsWestchester, BOCES, and Lifetime Arts’ Creative Aging.

Peter Bricklebank

Peter BricklebankPeter Bricklebank has published in The American Voice, Carolina Quarterly, Mid-American Review, Kansas Quarterly, Confrontation, Fiction, The New York Times Book Review, and The Chicago Tribune, et al. His chapter on essay/memoir appears in The Portable MFA. He teaches in the online graduate program of National University; Hudson Valley Writers' Center; The Writing Institute. He was recently a visiting writer at the Northwestern Arts MFA program on Whidbey Island.

Kathy Curto

Kathy Curto

Kathy Curto teaches at The Writing Institute and Montclair State University, as well as several nonprofit organizations and community centers in the NY metropolitan area. She is the author of Not for Nothing-Glimpses into a Jersey Girlhood, published by Bordighera Press. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, on NPR, in the essay collection, Listen to Your Mother:  What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now, and in Barrelhouse, Toho Journal, The Mom Egg Review, HerStry, La Voce di New York, Drift, Talking Writing, The Inquisitive Eater, Voices in Italian Americana, Ovunque Siamo and Lumina, among others. She has been the recipient of the Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellowship and two fellowships at Montclair State University, both promoting engaged teaching and community writing projects. Kathy also serves on the faculty of the Joe Papaleo Writers’ Workshop in Cetara, Italy. Kathy and her family live in the Hudson Valley. Please visit her site:

Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons

Kelly Jean FitzsimmonsKelly Jean Fitzsimmons is a writer, teacher, and storyteller. Her recent nonfiction work has appeared in Hippocampus Magazine, Marie Claire, Black Fox Literary Magazine, The Literary Review (TLR), and Newtown Literary, and she is a 2017 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her superhero comedy, All I Want Is One More Meanwhile... makes its Midwest premiere this fall at Otherworld Theatre in Chicago. After earning her MFA in creative nonfiction from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Kelly Jean combined her love for theater and literature to create No, YOU Tell It!, a switched-up storytelling series with a twist: Each NYTI participant develops their own story on the page and then flips scripts with a partner to present each other’s story on stage.

Marek Fuchs

Marek FuchsMarek Fuchs, BA, Drew University, Ellen Kingsley Hirschfeld Chair in Writing, Executive Director of The Investigative Journalism and Justice Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. “County Lines” columnist for The New York Times for six years and also wrote columns for The Wall Street Journal's “Marketwatch” and for Yahoo!. Author of A Cold-Blooded Business, a book called “riveting” by Kirkus Reviews. His most recent book, Local Heroes, also earned widespread praise, including from ABC News, which called it “elegant…graceful…lively and wonderful.” Recipient of numerous awards and named the best journalism critic in the nation by Talking Biz website at The University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Regularly speaks on business and journalism issues at venues ranging from annual meetings of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers to PBS and National Public Radio. When not writing or teaching, he serves as a volunteer firefighter. SLC, 2010–

Kim Liao

Kim LiaoKim Liao's writing has appeared in Catapult, Lit Hub, The Rumpus, Salon, The Millions, River Teeth, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Another Chicago Magazine, Fringe, Brevity's Nonfiction Blog, Fourth River, and others. Her essay published by Lit Hub in 2016 about collecting 100 rejections a year caused a stir in the literary community and led to invitations to guest lecture as a "Rejection Expert," a title she wears with a healthy dose of irony. She is currently revising her first novel and a family memoir about the Taiwanese Independence Movement.

Tyler Mills

Tyler Mills is a poet, essayist, and editor. She is the author of two books of poems, Hawk Parable (Akron Poetry Prize winner, University of Akron Press 2019) and Tongue Lyre (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award winner, Southern Illinois University Press 2013), the chapbook The City Scattered (Snowbound Chapbook Award, Tupelo Press 2022), and co-author with Kendra DeColo of Low Budget Movie (Diode Editions Chapbook Prize, Diode Editions 2021), in addition to an in-progress essay manuscript, The Bomb Cloud, which investigates her grandfather’s possible involvement in the Nagasaki mission in conversation with the legacy of nuclear history in New Mexico, where she lived for four years. She taught at universities in Maryland, Chicago, and New Mexico and recently served as the Jim and Linda Burke Scholar for the Doel Reed Center for the Arts in Taos, sponsored by Oklahoma State University. Her poems have appeared in The Guardian, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Believer, and Poetry, and her essays in AGNI, Bennington Review, Brevity, Copper Nickel, and The Rumpus. The recipient of residencies from Yaddo, Ragdale, and the Vermont Studio Center, and fellowships from Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Tyler Mills teaches for the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, edits The Account, and lives in Brooklyn.

Sarah Saffian

Sarah SaffianSarah Saffian (MFA, Columbia) is the author of Ithaka, her memoir of being an adoptee who was found by her birth family. A regular faculty member of the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and an independent writing coach, Sarah has been a writer-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Millay Colony, a journalism professor at NYU and the New School, and has written for publications including The New York Times, Smithsonian, and Yoga Journal. As a psychotherapist (LMSW, NYU), Sarah counsels individuals and groups, and blends her areas of interest and expertise in Therapeutic Writing, using memoir prompts as a tool for encouraging reflection, processing, and discovery.

Alexandra Soiseth

Alexandra SoisethAlexandra Soiseth has been teaching personal writing and memoir for 20 years. She is the author of the memoir Choosing You, published by Seal Press in 2008. She is the recipient of a Canada Arts Council grant, an Ontario Arts Council grant, and is the former managing editor of and communications director for Global City Review, a New York City-based literary magazine. Her work has appeared on,, and in McGill Street Magazine, The Ryersonian, and on the radio program “LifeRattle,” among others.

Dan Zevin

Dan Zevin Dan Zevin is a Thurber Prize-winning humorist. His new book is Very Modern Mantras: Daily Affirmations for Daily Aggravations. He is also the author of Dan Gets a Minivan and The Day I Turned Uncool, which were both optioned by Adam Sandler. Dan has been an award-winning humor columnist for the New York Times, a comic commentator for NPR, and a contributor to print or digital editions of The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Rolling Stone, Salon, the L.A. Times, Real Simple, and Parents, among others. He also teaches in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College.

Donna Zucker

Donna ZuckerDonna Zucker is a nonfiction writer and teacher. She has 18 years of experience working as senior writer and research editor for publishing houses such as Time Inc., Condé Nast, and Scholastic. She writes and designs biographical books with her business, Story Guide. She earned a MFA in nonfiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College. In 2013, Donna began teaching nonfiction workshops and lecturing on biography, memoir, and family history at writing centers and libraries around the country. Donna also has a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, and a passion for the arts rooted in her classical training as a pianist. She has traveled extensively, experiencing firsthand the power of storytelling in cultures around the world.

Poetry & Essay

Anya Achtenberg

Anya AchtenbergAnya Achtenberg is an award-winning writer. Her publications include Blue Earth (a novel); The Stories of Devil-Girl (a novella); and poetry collections, The Stone of Language, I Know What the Small Girl Knew, and Advice to Travelers. Her writing has received distinctions from Southern Poetry Review; Another Chicago Magazine; Coppola's Zoetrope: All-Story; New Letters; the Minnesota State Arts Board, and others. Anya's almost completed novel, History Artist, centers on a Cambodian woman born the moment the US bombing of Cambodia begins, nonfiction includes an essay on identity and the inadequate instruction to “write from a sense of place,” in the 2017 anthology, How Dare We! Write: a multicultural creative writing discourse. She writes creative nonfiction on Cuba, leads arts-focused/multicultural journeys there, and she works with writers to help them develop and complete their manuscripts. Her workshops include “Writing for Social Change” and others.

Carla Carlson

Carla Carlson

Carla Carlson teaches poetry and hybrid forms at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College where she earned her MFA in 2015. She is the author of the chapbook Love and Oranges, Finishing Line Press, and has poems published in print and online journals such as Adelaide Literary Magazine,, The Mom Egg, Columbia Review, Prelude Magazine, and YES Poetry. She is a member of the board of directors for Four Way Books, Tribeca, NY. Carla lives in Bronxville, NY with her husband.

David Masello

David MaselloDavid Masello is a writer and editor based in New York. He is executive editor of Milieu, a national print magazine about design and architecture. He has held senior editor positions at several publications, including Town & Country, Art & Antiques, Travel & Leisure, Country Living, and Departures, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Out Traveler. He has had essays published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, Best American Essays, and for, a live reading series, among others. He is a widely published poet and author of two books on art and architecture. Lecturer at universities on journalism and the arts, David has also had plays produced and performed by the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Jewish Women's Theatre of Los Angeles, National Arts Club, Big Apple Theatre Festival, and Fresh Fruit Theatre Festival. At the National Arts Club, he serves on the literary and theatre committees.

Elaine Sexton

ElaineElaine Sexton is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Prospect/Refuge (Sheep Meadow, 2015). Her poems, reviews, and artworks have appeared in journals including Art in America, American Poetry Review, O! the Oprah Magazine, and Poetry. An avid book-maker, in addition to the Writing Institute, she teaches text & image and poetry at various art and writing centers in the US and abroad, most recently at Poets House and Arts Workshop International in Assisi, Italy. She is the visual arts editor for Tupelo Quarterly, and a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

Estha Weiner

Estha WeinerEstha Weiner's newest poetry collection, at the last minute, is forthcoming in spring 2018 (Salmon Poetry). She is also author of In the Weather of the World (Salmon Poetry); Transfiguration Begins at Home (Tiger Bark Pres); The Mistress Manuscript (Asheville Book Works); and co-editor/contributor to Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews (University of Akron Press). Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including The New Republic and Barrow Street. Winner of a Paterson Prize, she is founding director of Sarah Lawrence NY Alumni/ae Writers Nights, and Advisory Committee member of Slapering Hol Press, Hudson Valley Writers Center.

On Getting Published

Caitlin Alexander

Caitlin Alexander has been editing books for more than fifteen years. She spent much of that time at Random House, where she acquired and edited New York Times bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction. She continues to edit bestselling and award-winning books as a freelance editor.

Cynthia Manson

Cynthia is a well-known and respected literary agent with a successful list of published authors. She graduated from Scripps College for Women with a BA in English Literature and Fine Arts. She also attended the Radcliffe Publishing Course and, two years later, joined the Sterling Lord Literary Agency. Manson has worked in both magazine and book publishing including Putnam, Bertelsmann, Scientific American, and Advertising Age Magazine.

Ginger McKnight-Chavers

Ginger McKnight-ChaversGinger McKnight-Chavers is a native of Dallas, Texas, graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and Harvard Law School, she worked for many years in arts/entertainment and corporate law. She lectures artists and arts nonprofits on copyright, contracts and other arts law topics. Ginger studied fiction writing at The Writing Institute, where she was a Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellow. Her debut novel, In the Heart of Texas, She Writes Press, won the 2016 USA Best Book Award for African American Fiction. Ginger was published in the anthology, Oil and Water: and Other Things That Don't Mix, in Essence, Huffington Post, New York Family,, ShareBlue, and Scribe, among others. Ginger resides in Westchester County, NY, with her husband, daughter, and an overweight West Highland White Terrier.

Screenwriting & Theatre

Jennifer Manocherian

Jennifer ManocherianJennifer Manocherian has been a theatre producer for thirty years and moonlights writing. She wrote and produced the film “Family Blues,” which can be streamed online on many movie websites, and currently has a few screenplays in development. She wrote the book of the musical MARRY HARRY under her maiden name Jennifer Robbins, which has been produced regionally, and at the York Theatre in New York City. She is on the board of New York Stage & Film, a nonprofit devoted to developing new works.