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 author of the chapbook Nectar, which won Encircle Publications/The Aurorean’s 2011 chapbook contest. Her poems and prose have appeared in Triquarterly, The Sun, Massachusetts Review, New Ohio Review, Hotel Amerika, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Chautauqua, The Southampton Review, Calyx, Cimarron Review, Fugue, Tiferet, PANK, Harpur Palate and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, among other publications. In 2008, she won the Fugue Poetry Prize and received honorable mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2007. She is a graduate of Princeton University. Lisa is currently working on a full-length poetry collection and a fantasy novel for children.
is the director of The Writers Studio Tucson, where she teaches the Master Class and Online Level 1. Her work has appeared in PRISM International, Thin Air, Third Point Press, The Worcester Review, and Wildness. Her stories have been nominated for a Pushcart and Best Small Fictions. She is a contributing editor at the Wilds. www.reneebibby.com
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 Southampton Review, Calyx Journal, Apeiron Review, and Epiphany’s anthology The Writers Studio at 30. She is currently at work on a novel about immigrant mothers and daughters.
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 assistant director of The Writers Studio Tucson and teaches the Advanced Workshop. 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 continues to blog for Carve and is a reader for The Masters Review. Find her at janellewrites.com.
Hudson Valley Director
is the co-director of The Writers Studio Hudson Valley branch. She also teaches Online Level IV for the school. Her nonfiction and fiction have appeared in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Fortune, The BBC Radio 4 and The Alaska Quarterly Review, among other venues. Her story “Chekhov Said” was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s July 2012 Very Short Story Contest. She is the co-editor of
The Practical Writer: From Inspiration to Publication (Penguin 2004) and former editor of Poets & Writers magazine.
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.
has published short stories and essays in The New York Times, The Sun, Diagram, Lilith, ACM, Pearl, The Worcester Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine and other publications. She is an award-winning columnist at The Villager, the Greenwich Village weekly paper. She was a semifinalist for the 2016 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and recipient of the 2015 Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. In addition to teaching Level I Online and many tutorials at The Writers Studio, she occasionally performs her own work in cabaret and theatrical settings.
studied literature at Columbia University and lives in Tucson, Arizona. His fiction has been published in The Airgonaut, Literally Stories, Devolution Z, Bewildering Stories and elsewhere. Nominated in 2017 for the Pushcart Prize, he was previously a winner of the 2015 Writers Studio “Write-to-Read” contest and Bewildering Stories’ 2016 Mariner Awards. Philip teaches creative writing at Writers Studio and maintains a blog at writeyourselfsane.com.
founded The Writers Studio Tucson in 2005, and served as the director and the Advanced Workshop teacher for 10 years. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Connecticut River Review, Cumberland River Review, Many Mountains Moving, Miramar Poetry Journal, Mudfish, NY Quarterly, San Pedro River Review, The Maynard and several other journals. Her work appears in the anthologies
No Achilles: War Poetry (WaterWood Press 2015) and
Write to Meow (Grey Wolfe Publishing 2015). Her chapbook,
The Offering, will be published by Liquid Light Press (2016). Her manuscript “Twelve Days from Transfer” received honorable mention in Homebound Publications’ 2016 Poetry Prize.
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 in New Ohio Review, The McNeese Review and The Round, and her fiction 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 a Pushcart Prize nomination in 2013.
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.
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 NYU and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Her fiction has appeared in Gertrude and alongside Dennis Lehane in the Springsteen-inspired noir anthology
Trouble in the Heartland.
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 poet whose poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Rattle, The Mom Egg and Literary Mama, and she blogs about parenting, creativity and working at home at “The Variegated Life.” A freelance writer and editor, 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.
is a writer, book reviewer, and an editor of Epiphany, a literary journal. He has published over twenty stories. He won the Writers at Work Fellowship Competition, and has had several Pushcart Prize nominations. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, his book reviews have been widely published. Christopher is working on a new novel based loosely on his experiences being raised in the South.
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. She is currently working on a novel and a story collection. Having trained to teach The Writers Studio method with Philip Schultz in New York and studied at UCLA, she is the co-director of the newest branch of The Writers Studio in the Hudson Valley.
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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