Deep Training and Experience
All of our teachers have deep training and experience with The Writers Studio methods. They have all been students in the school, having progressed to the highest workshop level, and many continue to study in Philip Schultz’s master class. They have been invited to teach because of certain qualities we see in them: sensitivity to others, strong communications skills, unflappability, discretion, a sense of humor.
In addition to training all our teachers, we supervise them as they learn how to run a classroom — both on site and online — that is relaxed but also efficient and technique-oriented, in a setting that makes all students feel welcome and safe. Our teachers meet several times a year to share their experiences and figure out ways we can serve our students even better. While we encourage our teachers to bring their own personalities to the classroom, teachers also compare notes to be sure the quality of our teaching is consistent from class to class and from level to level.
Generous, Constructive, and Encouraging
Because our teachers believe so strongly in The Writers Studio and know its methods so well, they have a good inner gauge for how much to expect of students. The workshops are all rigorous, but teachers are also aware that students have busy lives, and they understand that the demands of family and career can interfere with completing weekly assignments. Critiques are given verbally in the on-site classes and in writing in the online classes, but in either setting, our teachers are always generous, constructive and encouraging.
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is a fiction writer who has studied and trained to teach at The Writers Studio Tucson, and is passionate about The Writers Studio method. With degrees from the University of Arizona, she is an attorney in private practice. Donna is currently working on a collection of short stories.
Lorraine L. Babb
Lorraine L. Babb
has published fiction and creative nonfiction in The MacGuffin, The San Francisco Chronicle, Pebble Lake Review, Dos Passos Review, Kalliope and other literary magazines. She co-founded and served as fiction editor of The Carquinez Review. She is working on a novel and a short story collection.
is a poet in the NYC Master Class and director of The Writers Studio’s Tutorial program. Her poems have appeared in the New Ohio Review, PANK, Fourteen Hills, Ping Pong, TriQuarterly, Mom Egg Review, Poetica and The Cape Rock. Lisa’s poems and other writing appear in several online magazines including New World Writing, Mudlark, Five 2 One, The Satirist, Vine Leaves Literary Journal and Boston Literary. Lisa lives in Brooklyn and can usually be found riding a bicycle.
Monica Banks Co-Director
has been co-director of The Writers Studio since 2000. She also created the Online Program and the not-for-profit branch, Kids Write, and helped create the branches outside New York City. She is a sculptor with 20 years of experience leading art workshops and community art projects for students of all ages.
is the author of the The Northway, a full-length poetry collection (Terrapin Books). Her chapbook Nectar won Encircle Publications/The Aurorean’s 2011 chapbook contest. Her poems and short prose have appeared in Triquarterly, The Sun, Massachusetts Review, New Ohio Review, Hotel Amerika, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Chautauqua, The Southern Review, The Southampton Review, Calyx, Cimarron Review, Fugue, Tiferet, PANK, Mohave River Review, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, among other publications. She has received a Pushcart Prize and a Pushcart Special Mention, a Fugue Poetry Prize, and honorable mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. She is a graduate of Princeton University. Lisa is currently working on new collections of poetry and short prose.
Sylvie Bertrand’s stories and poems have appeared in Peregrine Journal, Epiphany, Cleaver Magazine, Chaleur Magazine, Alexandria Quarterly, and December magazine, among others. She was nominated for the 2017 Pen /Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, received a 2018 Pushcart Special Mention, and was a finalist for the 2019 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize. Sylvie is an editor who studied with Philip Schultz at The Writers Studio and has degrees in Communications and Literature, Political Sciences, and a MA in Anthropology from Princeton University. She is currently completing her first novel.
is the director of The Writers Studio Tucson, where she teaches advanced, beginner, and teen creative writing workshops. Her work has appeared in PRISM International, Luna Station Quarterly, Third Point Press, The Worcester Review, and Wildness. Her stories have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and Best Small Fictions. Reneé is involved in the writing community as a reader at Atticus Review, and coordinator of Rejection Competition and Tucson-based Write Wednesday weekly writing meetup. She Tweets at @SpecialFeather. Learn more at www.reneebibby.com
Julianne’s poetry has appeared in the anthology The Writers Studio at 30 and Sport Literate, End of Times 2017. She is also a Cable Ace and Peabody Award winner for Comedy Central’s Emmy-winning Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist, for which she was a producer, writer and star (she played one of the regulars, Julie the bartender). Julianne is currently working on a collection of poems.
received an MA in English Literature from Columbia University, where she taught undergraduate writing. She is a fiction writer whose work has appeared in The Normal School, The Cincinnati Review, The Pinch, New Delta Review, The Southampton Review, CALYX Journal, and other literary publications. She is a 2017 Sustainable Arts Foundation Award Finalist.
has published short essays to accompany her photo essays in The New York Times. In 2010 her memoir “Blissville” appeared in The WG. A graduate of Carleton College in fine art and classical Greek, she works now as a photo editor for Newsday. She trained to teach The Writers Studio method in NYC with Philip Schultz, and is working on a collection of short stories.
holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA from Columbia University Teachers College. In 2015, her story “Then One Day You Give a Guy Your Legs” was published in 34th Parallel and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has also appeared in Hanging Loose, and in 2012, she was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. She lives in New York City where she’s currently at work on a collection of stories.
Special Events Director
is a fiction writer whose work has been published in Five Points, Epiphany and KGB Lit. She was awarded several fellowships in fiction from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation (Taos, NM), and received a 2015 Honorable Mention from the Pushcart Prize. She is the reading coordinator for The Writers Studio, and works as an independent public relations specialist for the performing arts in New York City.
is the author, most recently, of
The Best Place to Be, linked stories described by Elle magazine as “Virginia Woolf meets Candace Bushnell.” Her short stories have been published in magazines and journals that include The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, Five Points, Open City, Glimmer Train and Epiphany. Her stories have been short-listed for
Best American Short Stories and included in the anthology
Twenty Over Forty. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Elle, and Vanity Fair, among other publications, and the anthology
Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression. She is the recipient of a fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and is a Yaddo and a MacDowell Fellow. Lesley is associate director of The Writers Studio.
is the former Assistant Director of The Writers Studio Tucson where she taught workshops for six years before moving to San Diego in 2018. Her flash fiction and prose poetry have appeared in Necessary Fiction, Mulberry Fork Review, and Naugatuck River Review. In 2016, her work received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers, and in 2015, she won Carve Magazine’s First Annual Blog Contest. Janelle is now Carve‘s Production Editor. She is also a Pushcart Prize nominee and a former reader at The Masters Review. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona and recently earned her certificate in narrative medicine from Columbia University. Find her at janellewrites.com.
Hudson Valley Co-Director
has taught for The Writers Studio since 2007 in NYC, online, and most recently Hudson Valley, where she is founding co-director of the branch with Anamyn Turowski. Her most recent publication (Pushcart nom.) appeared last year in december magazine as the Curtis P. Johnson Prose Award Honorable Mention (guest judge Anne Tyler). Formerly, Therese was the editor of Poets & Writers magazine. During her tenure there she co-edited
The Practical Writer: From Inspiration to Publication (Penguin), a collection of essays.
is a poet and graduate of Stanford University. She teaches in the Workshop and Intermediate level classes at The Writers Studio San Francisco. Her work has appeared in Minotaur, Carquinez Review and Northern Contours and has been anthologized in
An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind, and
A Ghost at Heart's Edge, Stories and Poems of Adoption.
Kids Write Director
is co-founder and director of Kids Write, a nonprofit branch of The Writers Studio, where she teaches creative writing to youth in Brooklyn and students with dyslexia in online workshops. She has extensive experience teaching poetry and fiction to adults and teens, and was trained to teach The Writers Studio method by Philip Schultz. Gee received her MFA in poetry and fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. Her poems have been published in The Madison Review, and she is currently working on a full-length poetry collection and various short stories.
is a poet whose work has appeared in Green Mountains Review, Isotope, La Petite Zine, Lumina, Many Mountains Moving, Natural Bridge, Paterson Literary Review, River Styx, So to Speak, JMWW and Spectrum. Two of her poems were nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and another poem received an Honorable Mention in the Paterson Literary Review. She has an MFA from New York University. She has edited fiction professionally and taught creative writing courses to adults and young students through NYU and Poets and Writers Collaborative.
writes poems, stories and essays, and her work has appeared widely in publications including The New York Times, The Sun, Literary Mama, and Diagram. Her first chapbook of poems, Victory Boulevard, was published in 2018 by Finishing Line Press. In 2018 she also won the New York Press Association award for best column for her work in The Villager. She is a two-time recipient of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize for her new English versions of Jacques Brel songs, and she has won recognition in several recent writing contests including the Raymond Carver Prize and Glimmer Train contests. Sometimes she performs her own work in theatrical and cabaret settings in New York City, often alongside her singing husband. She is a devoted teacher of Online Level 1, Online Memoir, and Tutorials.
is the author of over 10,000 post cards. His short fiction recently appeared in the Kyoto Journal and is forthcoming Blood Orange Review. A 2018 Lambda Literary Emerging Voices Fellow, his work was also included in The Writers Studio at 30, an anthology released by Epiphany Editions in 2017. He lives in New York City.
is Assistant Director of The Writers Studio Tucson, where he also teaches. His short fiction has been published in Menacing Hedge, Two Cities Review, Ghost Parachute, The Airgonaut, and Literally Stories, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His eerie novelette, “The Yellow Man,” was a winner of Bewildering Stories’ 2016 Mariner Awards. His essay, “Sgt. Pepper at 50: What Can Writers Learn?” appeared in The Bookends Review. Philip earned a BA in English from Columbia University and maintains a blog at writeyourselfsane.com. He lives in Tucson with his black cat, Max, and is currently writing a novel about the dreams, darkness, and danger of childhood.
is the author of the chapbook The Offering (Liquid Light Press 2016) and the full-length collection Between the Earth and Sky (C&R Press 2020). Her work has appeared in Miramar Poetry Journal, New Ohio Review, The Fourth River, Sliver of Stone, and other journals. She has contributed to several anthologies, including The Cumberland River Review: The First Five Years (Trevecca Nazarene University, 2018), and The Writers Studio at 30 (Epiphany Editions 2017). Her poem “Bubbles Blown through a Wand” won the 2019 riverSedge Poetry Prize (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley). Eleanor is the founder of the Tucson branch of the New York-based Writers Studio, and served as the director for ten years. Learn more at eleanorkedney.com.
is a poet and the Administrative Director of The Writers Studio. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and New York University. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in New Ohio Review, The McNeese Review, The Round, Euphony, Exit 13, and (M)othering Anthology, and her fiction has appeared in The William and Mary Review. Her personal essays have been published in New Jersey Family Magazine and the anthology Blended: Writers on the Stepfamily Experience. She received Pushcart Prize nominations in 2013 and 2019. She lives in New Jersey with her wife and seven children (five human, two canine).
Peter Krass has been teaching at the Writers Studio since 2007, both in New York and online, and he’s also a former Master Class student. Peter’s poetry has appeared in Atlanta Review, New Verse News, Rattle and elsewhere. His poem “All Dressed in Green” recently won a Pushcart Prize special mention.
lives in Tucson, Arizona where he writes poetry and fiction, attends and teaches writing workshops, and works in planetary science. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype, The Laurel Review, and Manzano Mountain Review. His fiction has been published in Cold Creek Review. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published online at Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files.” He was a finalist in the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards in 2018 and a semi-finalist in 2019.
was born in the United Kingdom. Prior to receiving her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arizona in 1988, where she wrote for and edited the Arizona Law Review, Frances worked in Colorado as a newspaper reporter. Her commitment to public service led her to work for Southern Arizona Legal Aid and the Native American Tohono O’Odham Advocate Program. Frances is also a contributing author to “World of Criminal Justice,” (2001) “Encyclopedia of Everyday Law,” (2002) “Notable Black American Women,” (2002) and “American Law,” (2003) all published by The Gale Group (Thomson/West). She teaches in The Writers Studio Tucson where she is also a student in the Master Class. She writes poetry and fiction, and is presently completing a novel.
Lela Scott MacNeil
Lela Scott MacNeil
was born in Los Alamos, same as the atomic bomb. She has a BFA in Screenwriting from New York University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Her work has appeared in Gertrude, Essay Daily, and other journals, and in the noir anthology Trouble in the Heartland.
Andrea Marcusa’s literary fiction and essays have appeared in River Styx, Epiphany, Baltimore Review, Ontario Review and other publications. She’s received recognition for her writing in a range of competitions, including The Ontario Review, Ruminate Magazines (fiction) and New Letters (essay). Andrea began her career in newspapers and magazines where she earned bylines with The Christian Science Monitor, Newsday, and Glamour magazine. Her memoirs have been published in various collections, including In the Fullness of Time (Simon and Schuster). She studied English at University of London and Vassar College where she earned a B.A. Currently, she divides her time between creating literary works, writing articles on medical, scientific, and educational topics and traveling to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
is a freelance writer and editor who studied comparative literature at Oberlin College and received her MA in teaching English as a second language. She is the founder of the Amsterdam branch of the Writers Studio and now lives with her family in Munich, Germany. Her work has been published in the journal Calyx and has received a Pushcart Prize nomination. She is currently working on short fiction projects.
is one of the hosts of the Writers Read series in New York City. She is the editor of
Saying Grace: Blessings for the Family Table and the author of
To the Happy Couple! How to Create a Great Wedding Toast with Style, both published by Chronicle Books. Her stories have appeared in FictionNow and other journals. Sarah teaches tutorials at The Writers Studio.
is a tutorial teacher at The Writers Studio. She is also a divorce mediator who writes on divorce for national audiences. Joanne won a Clarion award for her National Law Journal article “The Deadly Practice of Divorce.” She is now a regular blogger for The Huffington Post on divorce mediation. Joanne is currently working on a collection of connected short stories.
is a freelance writer and editor whose poetry, essays, and book reviews have appeared in Rattle, Brooklyn Poets Anthology, Literary Mama, Hazlitt, Publishers Weekly, the Ploughshares blog, and elsewhere. She studied English literature at Yale College and the teaching of English at Teachers College, Columbia University.
San Francisco Director
opened The Writers Studio San Francisco in 2007 after studying with Philip Schultz in New York for 10 years. As director and teacher of the San Francisco Advanced Workshop, Mark enjoys helping many great writers develop their craft; he’s proud of the fact that two San Francisco members have won the Pushcart Prize, and several more received nominations. Collectively, the writers from the San Francisco school have published over 40 pieces in the last three years. Mark has published his fiction and poetry in The Milo Review and Santa Barbara Review.
Christopher X. Shade
is author of a novel, The Good Mother of Marseille (Paloma Press 2019), and a book of poetry, Shield The Joyous (2020). He is co-founder of Cagibi, a journal of international poetry and prose at cagibilit.com. His stories and poems have appeared widely, and he has won story awards including the 2016 Writers at Work fellowship and Pushcart nominations. He was an editor of Epiphany literary journal for five years. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, his book reviews have appeared widely.
Hudson Valley Co-Director
is a fiction writer whose short story “The Swans” was published in New Ohio Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Anamyn also received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s 2015 Family Matters contest. Her work has been published in Epiphany, 34th Parallel, and the Times Union. She is currently working on a novel. Having trained to teach The Writers Studio method with Philip Schultz in New York and studied at UCLA and Bennington Writing Seminars, she is the co-director of the newest branch of The Writers Studio in the Hudson Valley, where she also teaches.
is the assistant director of The Writers Studio. She received her MFA from Brown University, and taught English literature and creative writing at Pace University and Fordham University. Her story “Aftertaste” received Special Mention in the Pushcart 2011 anthology, and her story “Boyfriends” received a Pushcart Prize in 2005. Her stories have appeared in The Sun, Ploughshares, Open City, Epiphany and The Sonora Review, among others, and she is currently working on a novel.
Thank you again for being my first writing teacher. You’re the perfect combination of helpful and kind, pointing out room for improvement, but not in a way that would have a would-be writer running for the hills with their tail between their legs. I really appreciated the way you did things and I just wanted to say thank you again. Your encouragement led me to Level II where I’ll probably need to have a thicker skin in regard to critiques, but your kind feedback in Level I has given me enough of a base to benefit from them. JULIE HAWKINS PEREYRA, Online Level II Workshop Student
You show up for twenty weeks in a row, giving your best 100% at all times. I marveled at that energy. I had taken a few writing classes/workshops before. They were helpful at the beginning, just for the experience of being compelled to write and then having others read what I’d written. But then I realized that with one or two brief exceptions nobody was actually teaching anything, and the critiques were not helpful. I decided to try WS after reading Jennifer Egan’s comments about her experience there, especially about connecting with the underlying emotion of a story. Your critiques regarding the creation of a narrative persona who is connected to but not engulfed by the situation and its emotions were so eye-opening. Also, I’d felt for a while that my “voice” was kind of snarky and sarcastic, and you called me on that–going for the easy laughs–a couple of times this term, which was a wonderful reality check for me. Working close to models was also extremely helpful. Then watching other students’ writing come to life as we worked our way through the term confirmed the value of this approach. (And the knowledge that there are developmental stages we will go through was so helpful–like you teachers have a path and know how to follow it.) MB, Online Level I Student
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