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Diana Albrink's book "New York in 40 Dates" is being published by Uitgeverij Q. Diana is a former Amsterdam Workshop student. 

Jana Martin, a former level III student, recently had her short story collection, Russian Lover and Other Stories, published by YetiBooks/VerseChorusPress.

Jane Avrich has sold her first two books to Houghton Mifflin. The Winter Without Milk includes stories that have appeared in Harpers, The Paris Review, Story, Tin House, and Ploughshares. Jane is a past recipient of the Hemingway Short Story Prize, and was a long time member of The Writers Studio.

Lori Bongiorno's book, Green, Greener, Greenest: A Practical Guide to Making Eco-Smart Choices a Part of Your Life, was recently published by Perigee, an imprint of Penguin. Lori is a former Writers Studio student.

Austin Duffy's debut novel, "This Living and Immortal Thing" was recently acquired by Granta. Austin is a former Level III student.  As well, his story "Orca" was awarded Irish National Public Radio's First Prize in their National Short Story Competition.

Puneet Dutt's poetry chapbook is forthcoming, and will be published by Grey Borders Press (2016). Puneet's work has been published by Apex Magazine, Canadian Literature, EVENT, Molotov Cocktail, White Wall Review, the League of Canadian Poets. Puneet's work is also in an anthology with Margaret Atwood in Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing Anthology (ChiZine, 2015). 

Pamela Erens, a former student in the Master Class, published her third novel, Eleven Hours, in May 2016. It was reviewed in The New York Times and featured on NPR's Weekend Edition and The Brian Lehrer Show. Her second novel, The Virgins, was published by Tin House Books in August 2013. It was named an Editor's Choice selection by The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Library Journal. In The New York Times, John Irving called The Virgins "flawlessly executed and irrefutably true." The novel has also been featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, Vanity Fair, Redbook, Los Angeles Review of Books, the Daily Beast, and New York magazine's blog (The Vulture).  Her novel, The Understory, was published by Ironweed Press in 2007, won the Ironweed Press Fiction Competition, and was named an LA Times Book Prize for First Fiction finalist. It was also a finalist for the 2008 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing; the prize is for a book-length work of fiction published in 2005, 2006 or 2007. She was awarded two fellowships in fiction from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, most recently in 2007. Her poems and stories have appeared in Chicago Review, Boston Review, Redivider, Skidrow Pentouse, upstreet, No Roses Review, Another Chicago Magazine, The Literary Review and The Bellingham Review. Pamela is a former master class student.

Maggie Wells landed a book contract with Epic Press to publish a series of six young adult novels in Spring 2015. Maggie is a NYC Level II student.

Glenn Williams's novel "Armed Response" was published by Harlequin/Gold Eagle in April 2015. Glenn is a former Amsterdam Workshop student.


Lisa Bellamy's poem "Black-Eyed Susan" appears in the Fall 2016 issue of New Ohio Review.  Her poems "Bark Eater" and "My Addict is Like an Otter Again" appear in the Spring 2016 issue of Blueline Literary Magazine. Her poem "Goats" appears in the Fall 2015 issue of The Puritan - Frontiers of New English. Her poem "All Saints Day" appears in Asimov's Science Fiction.Her poems "To Be a Wintering Snake" and "Transient Pleasures of the Animal Realm" are forthcoming in Hotel Amerika. Her poem "To the Feral Pigs of Clinton County" appears in Chiron Review. Her prose poems "Eating Sadness" and "What They Read" appear in Gone Lawn, Issue #17. Her poem "Notes to the Caretaker" appears inStrange Horizons in August 2014. Her poem "Shinay" will appear in Cloudbank's Summer 2013 issue. Her poem "Valley of Dry Bones" appears in the Winter 2012 issue of  Citron Review. Her poem "Men" appears in Slipstream's Spring/Summer 2013 issue, #33. Her poem "Rise of the Proletariat" has been accepted for a future issue of The Southampton Review. Her chapbook, NECTAR, won Encircle Publications/The Aurorean's  2011 chapbook contest. Her poem "My Sweet Little Pigeons" was nominated for a 2008 Pushcart Prize, and this poem won the 2008 Fugue Poetry Prize. Her poem "Nectar" appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of TriQuarterly. Lisa teaches Online and NYC Advanced Poetry, and NYC Level III.

Jeff Friedman's fourth collection of poetry, Black Threads, was published with Carnegie Mellon University Press in fall 2006. His other collections include Taking Down the Angel (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2003), Scattering the Ashes (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1998) and The Record-Breaking Heat Wave (BkMk Press-University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1986). His poems and translations have appeared in many literary magazines, including American Poetry Review, Poetry, 5 AM, New England Review, Forward, Poetry East and The New Republic. He is a core faculty member in the M.F.A. program in Poetry Writing at New England College. Jeff was a poet in the Master Class early in his career.

Lesley Dormen's book of linked stories, The Best Place to Be, was published by Simon and Schuster in spring 2007 after a bidding war among three prominent publishers; she accepted a six-figure advance from Simon and Schuster before publication. Lesley, who started as a student in Level I, wrote every story in the collection in Writers Studio workshops. She is currently Associate Director of The Writers Studio, a student in the master class and teacher of NYC Level 4 and Craft Class. Lesley ended. In June 2008, Lesley was awarded a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). This year’s 144 NYFA Fellows were chosen from among over 4,500 applicants. She also had an essay appear in Unholy Ghosts: Writers on Depression (William Morrow). Lesley's essays and creative non-fiction have appeared in Elle, O The Oprah Magazine, and Glamour, Glimmer Train, Open City, Atlantic Monthly and Five Points. Lesley is a recent recipient of a fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and is a Yaddo and a MacDowell Fellow. She is Associate Director of The Writers Studio.

Christina Frei's poem "I Remember Rilke" has just been published in Hollins Critic. Her poem ”Otters” appears in Seems Magazine. Her poem “Tree of Forgive” was named a finalist with New Millennium Writings contest #41, and will be (re)published in their next anthology. Her poems "Slipper" and "Magswi" appear in the August 2016 issue of Potomac Review. Her poem "Ode to a Jellyfish" appears in Gravel Literary Journal. Her poems "Elegy to a Chemist," "Songbirds of Senegal," and "The Passing" are forthcoming in REAL. Her poem "I Remember Rilke" is forthcoming in The Hollins Critic. Her poem "Judy Garland Gets Dressed" will appear in Third Wednesday. Her poem "The Botanist" appeared in Kansas City Voices. Her poem "Pierre" will appear in Sterling, her poem "Firefly" will appear in The Inflectionist Review, and her poem "Disquietude" appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of Apple Valley Review and was nominated by that journal for a Best of the Net 2013 award as well as a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Her poem "Only the Good" appeared in Bareback Lit online in October 2012, and her poem "The Geisha Lamp" appeared in the May 2012 issue of Red River Review. Christina teaches the Amsterdam Workshop.

Jay Kidd's poems have appeared in The Florida Review, Mason's Road, Burningword Literary Journal, and Chelsea Station. His poem "Autobiography" was a Shortlist Poetry Prize winner in Fish Publishing's 2016 poetry competition. His poem "I watch him, my husband" was a winner of Fish Publishing's Shortlist Poetry Prize 2014. This poem has also been named winner of Atlanta Review's Poetry 2015 International Poetry Competition, and will be published in their fall Poetry 2015 Issue. His poem "Runaway Dorothy Was the Name of the Band" won Ruminate Magazine's McCabe Prize, was published in their Fall 2013 issue, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His poem "Lost Time (1997)" appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of Bellevue Literary Review and was a finalist for their annual poetry prize. The Bellevue Literary Review nominated this poem for a 2013 Pushcart Prize and for an anthology called Best New Poets of 2012. Jay is a Master Class student.

Alex Poppe's stories, flash fiction works and essays have appeared in Stoneboat Journal, Litro Magazine, Short Fiction, Bella Caledonia, Halfway Down the Stairs, Prick of the Spindle, The Molotov Cocktail, The Legendary Magazine and Prime Numbers. Her story "Sanctuary" is a finalist in the Conflict Contest at Red Line Magazine. Her story "Room 308" is a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose. Her short story "Mosul" was commended in the Baker Prize competition and appeared in Laughing Fire Press. Her story "The Crystal Fairies" was a semi-finalist in the Conium Review's Innovative Short Fiction Contest. Her story "Kurdistan" was one of the top 25 pieces in Glimmer Train's Family Matters contest. Her story "Laffy Taffy," was awarded fourth prize in the Phyllis Scott Writing Contest. Her essay "Cages: The Intersection of Race, Fear, and Terrorism" is forthcoming in Today & Yesterday in November 2015. Her short story collection "Girl, World" will be published by Laughing Fire Press.  Alex is an online level IV student.

M.M.Buckner, a student in Online Level II, had her fourth novel, working title Watermind, published by Thomas Doherty Assoc./Tor in the fall of 2008. Her third novel, War Surf (Penguin/Ace), won the Phillip K. Dick Award for Best U.S. Paperback Science Fiction of 2005. Her first novel, Hyperthought (Penguin/Ace), won the Southeastern Science Fiction Achievement Award for Best Novel of 2003 and was one of six finalists for the Phillip K. Dick Award.

Phyllis Aboaf’s poem, "The Neighbor's Tale," has won a prize of $100.00 and has been accepted for publication in the Rattle poetry contest as an honorable mention (one of ten - out of 4000 entries) to be in the winter issue. Phyllis is a student in Mark Peterson’s Level 3 class in San Francisco.

Michael Grabell's first poetry chapbook, 'Macho Man,' won the 2013 Finishing Line Press Chapbook Prize. His poem "Before Committing" was chosen by Stephen Dunn for 2nd place in the River Styx International Poetry Contest. The poem appears in the Fall 2009 issue.  Michael is a NYC Advanced Poetry student.

Jennifer Egan's novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad (Random House 2010), was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Her novel, Look at Me (Doubleday, 2001), was nominated for a National Book Award. Jennifer attended The Writers Studio earlier in her career.

Kim Farrar was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook "The Brief Clear" will be published by Finishing Line Press. Her poems have appeared in New Ohio Review, Lullwater Review, Salamander, Brain, Mother, Salamander, The Ampersand Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Foundling Review, Pirene's Fountain and RHINO. Kim's chapbook, "The Familiar," was a semi-finalist in the Finishing Line Press's open chapbook competition and was published in 2011.  Three of her poems, "To Jon Anderson," "We Count to Three," and "The Gardener," were considered for a 2012 Pushcart Prize. Kim won 3rd prize in the 2010 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards contest for her poem "The Box." Kim is a student in the Online Advanced Poetry Class.  

Stephanie Gangi's poem "Four" was shortlisted for the Hippocrates 2014 Poetry Award. Her novel "The Next" was named as a finalist in the Writers@Work Fellowship Competition in February 2014. Stephanie is a level NYC level III student.

The Pennsylvania Council for the Arts awarded a $5000 writing grant to Barbara Kriegsman while she was a member of the Master Class. Her story, "Without an Echo," won the 2000 Fiction Award from citypaper.

Gail Labovitz's story "Lifeblood" won first place in Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary's First Annual Writing Competition 2010. Her story "Acknowledgements" won first prize in Lilith Magazine's seventh annual fiction contest in 2010. She was second runner up in the 2003 Moment Magazine contest for short fiction with Jewish themes with her story, "Lifeblood." Gail is a student in the Online Master Class and Craft Class.

Martha McPhee's book, Gorgeous Lies (Harcourt), was a 2002 National Book Award Finalist. Her other books include Bright Angel Time (Harcourt 1999). Martha attended The Writers Studio before publishing these works.

A Child's Garden of Poetry won a 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program. The program is a collaboration between The Poetry Foundation and director-producer Amy Schatz. Amy also won an Emmy for the film she wrote, directed and produced for HBO entitled, "Through the Eyes of a Child: September 11, 2001." She won four previous Emmys for "Goodnight Moon," another film she made for HBO and other programs she has produced. Amy was a writer in the Master Class.

Lynn Schmeidler's chapbook "Curiouser and Curiouser" won the 2013 Grayson Books Chapbook Contest and was published. Her stories and non-fiction works have appeared in River City, The Georgia Review, The Southeast Review, Chelsea, Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction. The Mid-American Review published, as an Editor's Choice, a short-short she wrote called "An Instinct for Survival." Her story, "Sweet Hairy," was selected as a finalist in The Southeast Review's Short Short Story Contest.

Nina Sokol was awarded a grant to spend four weeks at the Vermont Studio Center as a poet in residence. Nina is an online student.

Craig van Rooyen's poem "Waiting in Vain" won the 2014 Rattle Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Southern Poetry Review, PANK, New Ohio Review, Willow Springs, Crab Creek Review, Rattle, Southern Poetry Review and The Fourth River. His poem "The Minstrel Cycle" was selected as a finalist for the Rattle 2011 Poetry Prize; the poem appeared in the December 2011 issue of Rattle. Craig is a student in the Online Advanced Poetry class.  

Taije Silverman’s poem “Grief” was selected for inclusion in Best American Poetry 2016. Her poem “Spiritual Evaluation” won the Anne Halley Prize from The Massachusetts Review and is nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Houses Are Fields, her debut poetry collection, was published in 2009. Taije is a former Level I student.

Ellen Sullins, a student in the Tucson Writers Studio classes, won the New Millenium Writings Poetry Prize as part of their Summer 2007 contest. She won the $1,000 first prize for her poem, "The Visible Spectrum." Lisa Sewell selected Ellen Sullins' poetry manuscript, Elsewhere, as the winner of the 2007 Plan B Press chapbook contest. The book was released in summer 2007 and contains 4 poems written in the Tucson Writers Studio classes. Her poems have also appeared in The South Carolina Review, Concho River Review and Wheelbarrow.


"Nowadays," a work of short fiction by Hy Abady, Cynthia Weiner's tutorial student, appeared in the 2003 edition of Hampton Shorts.

Tom Adams's flash fiction stories, "Garage," "Flash Fiction," and "Smoke" appear in Change Seven. Tom is a San Francisco Intermediate Workshop student.

After taking one Level I workshop, Nitza Agam published her story, "Scent of Jasmine," in the summer 2003 issue of Jewish Frontier.

Jaclyn Alexander's story, "The Tunnel," is forthcoming in The Vestal Review. Jaclyn is a former level I student.

Rowyda Amin's chapbook "Desert Sunflowers" was recently published by flipped eye publishing limited. Rowyda is a former NYC Advanced Poetry student.

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine will publish "Papercuts," a poem by Lisa Atkinson, a student in an online workshop.

Sonni Aun's story "The Vegetable Seller" is forthcoming in The Bellevue Literary Review in 2016. Sonni is a master class student. 

Lorraine Babb's story "Religion of the Rich" placed 14th out of over 350 entries in the May 2015 contest at Sixfold. The story appeared in that magazine's Summer 2015 issue. Her stories have also appeared in MacGuffin, Rosebud Magazine, The Griffin Literary Magazine, The Dos Passos Review and Kalliope. Lorraine teaches the San Francisco Intermediate Workshop.

Lisa Badner's poem "Shrimps" appears in PANK. "Watching Adoption Video with My 8 Year Old" appears in Mom Egg Review, and "A Sunday Walk in Autumn" appears in Vine Leaves Literary Journal. She has three poems forthcoming in New Ohio Review. Her poems also appear in Poetica Magazine, Blip, TriQuarterly, Fourteen Hills, The Cape Rock and Mudlark. Lisa is a student in the NYC Master Class.

Christine Baines, a poet in the Tucson Writers Studio program, was named a finalist in Arizona's 24th Annual Statewide Poetry Contest (April 2008).

Paulien Bakker's story "An English Teacher's Escape from ISIS" appeared in Narratively. Her series of stories about life in Iraq was included in Narratively's top ten list for The Best of 2015. Paulien is a former Amsterdam Workshop student. 

Jo Ann Baldinger's poems have appeared in Monarch Review, White Whale, Burningwood. Verdad and Cirque. Jo Ann is an Online Advanced Poetry student. 

Cecile Barlier has had several publications. Her "Letter to Jaegermeister" will appear in Gold Man Review in Fall 2016. Her story "Immersion" will appear in Sou'wester's Fall 2016 issue. Her story "Pisces" will appear in Emerson Review in 2016. Her story "Thank You for Your Service" is forthcoming in Clare Magazine. Her story "Resilience" is forthcoming in Crack the Spine in Summer 2015. Her story "Crow in Boots" appears in Penmen Review in July 2014. Her story "Polish Dusk" is forthcoming in The Saint Ann's Review. Her story "Forgetting" appears in the 4th issue of The Literary Journal of Lindenwood University, and was just nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize. "Wednesdays of the Japanese Wave" appears in the spring 2014 issue of Serving House Journal. Her story "The Door Test" appears in the May 2013 issue of Amarillo Bay, "Final Grand Jete" appears in the April 2013 issue of Knee-Jerk Magazine, "Full of Grace" appears in the Spring 2013 issue of The Tower Journal, and "A Gypsy's Book of Revelation" was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Cecile is a San Francisco Advanced Workshop student.

Keisha Barrow's story "Facets" earned her acceptance into the Vona Voices Writing Workshop at the University of San Francisco. Keisha is a tutorial student.

Chris Belden's novel "Shiver" was recently re-published by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster. Chris is a former master class student. 

Renee Bibby's story "The Best of the Boy Stuff" appears in the Summer 2016 issue of Third Point Press. Her flash fiction "Rabbit or the Wheel" appears in the August 2016 issue of Wildness, an imprint of Platypus Press. Her stories "Viva Peaches" and "Than All the Treasures" are forthcoming in The Worcester Review. Renee is the director of The Writers Studio Tucson. 

Jordan Blair's story, "Pathfinder" will appear in the online publication Hoot. Jordan is an online master class student.

Duncan Bock's story, "The Santa Monica No. 2," appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of Epiphany. Duncan is a student in the NYC Master Class.

Michelle Boland's poem, "Synopsis" was published in the Spring 2009 issue of California Quarterly, the journal's 35th anniversary edition. Michelle is a student in the on-line level II class.

Laura Boss's flash fiction piece "Occupied San Francisco" will appear in "Keeping the Edge," an anthology of urban writing. Laura is a student in the San Francisco Intermediate Workshop.

Gloria Boyer's poems, "South of the Border" and "Our Lady of the Midnight Kitchen," appeared in the summer 2012 issue of the Prairie Schooner.

Cara Bradshaw's essay was selected for inclusion in Elizabeth Gilbert's anthology Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It: Life Journeys Inspired by the Bestselling Memoir, to be published in Spring 2016. Cara is an Online Level III student.

Paula Brancato's book of poems, For My Father, was published in 2010 by Finishing Line Press. Paula is a former student.

Deirdre Briggs has two poems in the January 2012 issue of "The Night Table" and "Dark Dress." Deirdre is a student in the Online Advanced Poetry Class.

Robley Browne's story "Overboard" is forthcoming in Knee-Jerk Magazine. His story "Tractor Boy," which appeared in the April/May 2014 issue of Down in the Dirt Magazine, was selected to be included in the publisher's annual collection of work entitled, "Need to Know Basis." Robley is a San Francisco Advanced Workshop student.  

Erika Bryant's poem "Global Warming," which appears in MothersAlwaysWrite, was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. Erika is a San Francisco Workshop student.

Gerard Cabrera's short story, "Ioannes est nomen meus," was awarded Honorable Mention in the May 2011 Glimmer Train Short Story Contest for New Writers. Gerard is a former student.

Julie Chagi's novella "My Beautiful Monkey" placed first runner up in the 2013 William Faulkner/William Wisdom Writing Competition.  Julie is a former San Francisco Intermediate student.

Jamez Chang's poem "Bobbing for Taffy" appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of Menacing Hedge, in which also appeared his collaborative poems, with Tucson student Isaac Kirkman, "Could This Really be Happening?" and "Go Back Where You Came." His flash fiction and poems have appeared in Bartleby Snopes, First Stop Fiction, Gone Lawn and Pirene's Fountain. 

Doris Cheng's story "Hellion" will appear in the Summer 2017 edition of Calyx Journal.  Doris is a NYC Master Class student. 

Deborah Clearman's stories have appeared in Hamilton Stone Review, Adirondack Review, Connecticut Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Green Hills Literary Lantern and storySouth. Her novel "Todos Santos" was published by Black Lawrence Press in June 2010. Deborah is a former student in the NYC  Master Class.

Mary Clemens's story "The Call" appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of New World Writing.  Mary is a former online level II student.

Brad Contento's flash fiction story "Naked" is forthcoming in A cappella Zoo in the fall of 2015. Brad is a former Tucson Intermediate Workshop student.

Rebecca Cooney's memoir, "Blissville," is being published in the online journal, The W G News. Rebecca is a student in the NYC Level IV class.

Thea Cooper's and Arthur Ainsberg's book, Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, The Discovery of Insulin and the Making of a Medical Miracle, was published in September 2010 by St. Martin's Press. Thea is a former Advanced Poetry student.

Cameron Coursey's story, "Pinheads," appeared in the Winter 2009 edition of Our Stories, an online literary journal, and was a runner up for the 2009 Richard Bausch Short Story Prize. Cameron is a NYC Level II student.

Jennafer D'Alvia's story "Then One Day You Give a Guy Your Legs" appears in the November 2015 issue of 34th Parallel Magazine.  Jennafer is a NYC Master Class student.

West View will publish "Ode to the Art of List-Making," a poem by Olivia Davis, an Australian student in an online workshop.

Isabelle Deconinck's story, "The Other," appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of Epiphany, and was nominated for a 2008 Pushcart Prize. Her story, "The Kiss," appeared in the Summer 2007 issue of the online literary magazine, KGBBarLit. She was awarded a three-month Residence Grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. Isabelle is a writer in the NYC Master Class.

HS Derkin's story "The Stoic" was a winner in Delizon's 2013-2014 Short Story contest. He is an Online Level IV student. 

Scott Derkin's story "Proper Preparation" won the Delizon International Short Fiction Contest. Scott is an Online Level II student.

Pamela Lindsey Dreizen's story "Totem Animals" appeared in Prick of the Spindle in October 2013. Her story "A More Forgiving Light" appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of New Plains Review.  This story was also short-listed for The Southwest Review: David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction (finalist), The Nimrod Literary Awards: The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction (semi-finalist), and the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers competition (Honorable Mention). Pamela is an Online Master Class student.

Janelle Drumwright's story "Smilestone" received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers for January/February 2016. She was selected as one of three winners in the First Annual Carve Magazine Blog Contest for her blog post, "You, Dear Writer, Are Not the Narrator." Her prose poem "Biopsy the Day of the Boston Bombings" appears in the Summer/Fall 2015 issue of the Naugatuck River Review. Her flash fiction piece "200 Stitches" appeared in Mulberry Fork Review. Janelle is the Assistant Director of the Writers Studio Tucson. 

Therese Eiben's story "Chekhov Said" was a finalist in Glimmertain's July 2012 Very Short Story Contest. Therese is a NYC Level I and Online Level IV teacher.

Elizabeth England was shortlisted for the 2016 American Fiction Award by New Rivers Press for her story "Bruised People." Her story "First Girl," won The Journal's Short Story Competition, and appeared in the Winter 2007 issue. The Journal is affiliated with Ohio State University. She was the 2001 Grand Prize Winner for Fiction, awarded by Inkwell Magazine. Her winning story, "Even Things Familiar Seem Strange," appeared in the April 2001 issue of the magazine. Her stories have also appeared in North Atlantic Review and Connecticut Review. Elizabeth was a longtime student in the Master Class.

During the summer of 2003, Roberto Espinoza, a writer in Lesley Dormen's Level I Workshop, won an ABC Talent Development Grant, a stepping stone to developing a television series for that network.

Ines Fatzinger's poems and flash fiction works have appeared in Carve Magazine, Haiku Journal, Flash Fiction World, Hidden Animals 0.5: Would-Be Electric Literary Magazine and Postcard Shorts. Ines is an online student.

Leslie Findlen won places at the Sewanee writers conference and Breadloaf writers conference during the summer of 2007. Leslie's poems have appeared in A Gathering of the Tribes and Red Rock Review. Leslie is a tutorial student.

Joanne Fisher's novel "Good Neighbors" will be published by 12, an imprint of Hachette. Her story "Wallis" will appear in The North American Review. Her story "The Red Bird" was published in the Fall 2010 issue of New Ohio Review and nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize.  Joanne is a former member of the Master Class.

Gina Forberg's chapbook "Leaving Normal" received Honorable Mention from Anabiosis Press and will be published in 2016 by Finishing Line Press. Her poem "X and Y" appears in the online issue (#13) of The Cactus Heart Press. Her poem "Smoking" appears in Damsefly Press online. Her poems "Last Night in Own Bed" and "Swinging for the Fences" will appear The Barefoot Journal. Her poem "Picking Out Wigs" is being published by The Cancer Poetry Project.  She received a Fellowship from Fairfield University for their Summer Connecticut Writers' Project (2011). Her poem "Song" appears in the winter 2010-2011 online Language and Migration issue of The Platte Valley Review. Her poems, "The Junior Leaguers" and "The Stars" appeared on the secondary short list for the Margaret Reid Poetry Prize for Traditional Verse.  Her poems, "The Turn" and "The Olympics as a Metaphor for Sex," appear in The Mascara Review, an online journal. "Starburst" appears in the Squaw Valley Review. She was accepted into the Summer 2008 Squaw Valley Community of Writers Workshop. Gina is a former student in the Master Class.

Gail Ford's essay, "Gravity and the Theory of Everything" was one of six winners of the University of California Berkeley's 2013 Lili Fabilli and Eric Hoffer Essay Prize. Gail teaches in the Writers Studio San Francisco program.

Anne Garner’s poem"Frenchman's Reef" appeared on Woman Around Town in August 2014. Anne is an Online Level I student.

James Gibbs's story "The Man Who Skipped Sixes" appeared in the May 2015 issue of Storyscape Journal. James is a NYC Master Class student.

Patrick Gibson's story "A Different Direction" won first place for flash fiction at the Rochester Writer’s Spring Conference at Oakland University in Michigan. Patrick is an Online Level IV student.

Sherine Gilmour's poems have appeared in Isotope, Many Mountains Moving, Lumina, So to Speak, JMWW and 13magazine. She was given a financial award to attend the Key West Literary Seminar in January 2012. Her poems "Polish Poem" and "I Love You All Day Long," which appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of Green Mountains Review, were both nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize. Sherine’s poem "College Choir, Midnight Before the Assassination" received an Honorable Mention in the Paterson Literary Review in 2004.  Sherine is a member of the NYC Master Class.

Teresa Giordano's story "Reina" was placed in a literary contest with Psychopomp Magazine and published in a chapbook called Nostos. Teresa is a former Master Class student.

Katherine Gleason’s story "Fred Astaire Refuses" appeared in the April 2008 issue of Mississippi Review Online. "Chestnuts" appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of Alimentum: The Journal of Food. "Sweet Treat" won first prize in the 2007 River Styx Schlafy Beer Microfiction Contest. "Flight" was published in the 2008 Southeast Review and was a finalist in that publication's World's Best Short Story Contest. "Tvorog" won honorable mention in Glimmer Train's August 2008 Very Short Fiction Award. Her story "A Perfect Fit" appeared in the anthology The Erotic Treasury.  Katherine is a former NYC Level IV student.

Katie Gleason's poem "Year of Glass" appears in the October 2015 issue of Gnarled Oak. Her poem "The Mouth" appears in the November 2015 issue of Foliate Oak Literary Magazine. Katie is a Tucson Advanced Workshop student.

Jean Godfrey-June, who was a longtime student at The Writers Studio, published her memoir entitled Free Gift with Purchase / My Improbable Career in Magazines and Makeup. (Random House, Spring 2006). Jean is also the beauty editor of Lucky.

Mark Gozonsky's story, "The Warmth of Vinyl," was published in Corium Magazine and featured on Mark is a former online student.

Edmund Granski's poem "The Cancer Patient's Husband" appeared in issue 40 of the Paterson Literary Review.  Ed has been an Advanced Poetry student.

Nancy Green's story "Patrimony" appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of The Bellevue Literary Review. Nancy is a former master class student.

Charles Grosel poems and stories have appeared in Red Cedar Review, Western Humanities Review, Poet's Lore and Slate.

Janet Hagelgans's poems have appeared in Thrush and Atticus Review. Janet is a former Tucson Workshop student.

Patrick Cabello Hansel's poems are forthcoming in Poetica and Passager.  He has published 63 poems in 37 different journals and anthologies, as well as a novella and several short stories.  Patrick is a former NYC Master Class student.

Elizabeth Hollis Hansen's story "Learning to Hold the Light" appears in Mamalode. Elizabeth is a San Francisco Intermediate Workshop student. 

Kathi Hansen's flash fiction pieces and stories have appeared in The Rusty Nail, Literary Mama, Per Contra, Foundling Review and Breadline Press’s anthology Mad Road. Her story "What You Make of It" was awarded Honorable Mention in Glimmertrain's Family Matters contest. Kathi is an Online Master Class student.

Kathleen Hansen's story, "Love, Jack," appears in Halfway Down the Stairs. Her story, "Letter to John, Dispatcher, California Highway Patrol," appears in the November 2010 issue of Literary Mama. Her story "Strong Enough to Carry You" appears in The Gettysburg Review. Her flash fiction piece "Judged" appears in Foundling Review. Her story "What You Make of It" was awarded Honorable Mention in Glimmertrain's Family Matters contest. Her story "To The Moon and Back" appears online in The Rusty Nail. Her story "A Note to My Successor" was posted on Per Contra (online) in April 2012. Her story, "Your Mother's Boy," appeared in January 2012 in Literary Mama. Her story, "Dr. Laura," was accepted by Breadline Press's anthology Mad Road. Kathi is an Online Master Class student.

Kip Hanson's story, "Beneath the Trojans," will be forthcoming in Bartleby Snopes. Kip is a student in the Tucson program.

Lullwater Review, the literary journal of Emory University in Atlanta, published "After the Deluge," a short story by Jack Harari in the Spring 2006 issue. Jack wrote the story in the master class.

Linnea Harper's poems and flash fiction have appeared in Pyrokinection, Napalm and Novacain, Pound of Flash and Calyx. Linnea is a former online level II student.

Texas Poetry Review published two works by April Heck written while she was a member of the Master Class.

Michele Herman's essays, stories and poems have appeared in Diagram, New York Ladies: A Celebration of Women Who Write with Wit, The New York Times, The Sun, Lilith, ACM, Pearl, The Worcestor Review, Columbia: A  Journal of Literature & Art, Outside in Literary & Travel Magazine and other publications. She was a finalist for the Orlando Prize for Short Fiction in 2010. Her personal essays appear regularly in the Greenwich Village weekly The Villager.  In Spring 2016, Michele is appearing in a Hudson Guild Theater Company production of "The Iceman Cometh." Her poem “Letter to My Latvian Great-Grandmother” is being featured in a multimedia art exhibit at the Hudson Guild Gallery as part of the Somewhere Project, a celebration of Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary. 

Juicy Mangos: Erotica Collection (Atria Books, July 2007) was edited by Michelle Herrera Mulligan, an NYC Writers Studio writer. Her own story, "Juan and Adela," is based on an exercise she did in NYC Level II, and is included in the book. Michelle and Sofia Quintero, another contributor to Juicy Mangos, appeared on the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC on August 14, 2007. To download the podcast of their interview, please visit

Alison Higby's story "The Piano" is forthcoming online in The Rusty Nail. Alison is an online master class student.

Karen Hildebrand's play, "The Old In and Out," based on her poetry, was performed in Manhattan in June 2013. Her poems and essays have appeared in G.W. Review, Fourth River, Stand, Ohio State University's The Journal,  Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Vol VI, The Distillery, Southern Humanities Review, The Cape Rock, Gathering of the Tribes, Fourteen Hills, Slipstream,  South Carolina Review, Center: A Journal of the Literary Arts, River Oak Review, Pennsylvania English,  Natural Bridges, Willard & Maple,  Distillery, Whiskey Island Magazine and The Kitchen Sink. Her manuscript, "Need," was shortlisted for the 2009 Center for Book Arts Poetry Chapbook Competition judged by Kim Addonizio and Sharon Dolin. 

Barry Hill's story "On Good Terms" appeared in the January/February 2015 issue of Treading Water (Down in the Dirt Magazine). Barry is an Online Master Class student.

Joel Hinman's story "Nobody Listens" appears in North Atlantic Review. His story "The Father Was Created by the Child" appears in The Brooklyn Review. Joel is a NYC and Online level II teacher.

John Hoda's novel "Phantasy Baseball" was published on Amazon for Kindle. John is a former Online Level I student. 

Lorien House's flash fiction essays and poems have appeared in Foliate Oak,  The Write Place at The Write Time, Pirene's Fountain, Ascent Aspirations Magazine's and Chantarelle's Notebook. Lorien is a NYC Advanced Poetry student.

Philip Ivory's story "Most of Us Are From Someplace Else" appears in Literally Stories. This story was one of three winners of the 2015 Writers Studio Tucson Write-to-Read Competition. Phil is a Tucson Advanced Workshop student. 

Libby Jacobs, who studied online and in a tutorial, had her collection of stories, Wolf Note, published by Rager Media in November 2005. Most of the stories started as exercises in the workshops.

Kathie Jacobson's stories have appeared  in Crack the Spine, Driftwood Press, Pithead Chapel, Necessary Fiction,  Twisted Vine, Sassafras, and Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Reviews, and has been featured as a Longform Fiction Pick-of-the-Week. Kathie is a San Francisco Advanced Workshop student.

Laura Judge's poem "Golden Arches" is forthcoming in Barrow Street in 2016. Laura is a former Level II student. 

Ira Kalina's book "Final Shot" was recently published by CreateSpace. Ira is a former tutorial student. 

 Timur Karaca's stories have appeared in Smokelong Quarterly Review, Redivider, Indiana Review, The Baltimore Review's Potomac Review, The Greensboro Review, and Switchback. His story "Go, Don't Go" won the 2015 Willow Review Award for fiction. His story "Echo Lake" was Narrative's story of the week. Timur is a student in the San Francisco Advanced Workshop.

Priscilla Kavanaugh wrote, directed and produced an award winning comedic web series called "Wing Women." Priscilla is a former student.

Jennifer Kearns's chapbook "The Hungry Gap" is being published as part of a Quartet Series book entitled A Good Wall, by Toadlily Press. Jennifer is an Online Intermediate Poetry student.

Eleanor Kedney's manuscript "Twelve Days from Transfer"received honorable mention in Homebound Publications' 2016 Poetry Prize. Her chapbook, "The Offering," will be published in Spring/Summer 2016 by Liquid Light Press. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Mudfish, Mslexia, Snapdragon,  San Pedro River Review, Connecticut River Review, The Maynard, Cumberland River Review, SunStruck Magazine, and Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. A story of hers is featured in the anthology No Achilles: War Poetry, and one of her poems is included in the anthology Write to Meow. Eleanor is the founder of The Writers Studio Tucson and served as the Director and Advanced Workshop teacher for ten years.

Robert Kendrick's poems have appeared in Kestrel, San Pedro Review and The Lindenwood Review. His poem "The Names of Speed," which originally appeared in Kestrel, has been nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Robert is a former Online Intermediate Poetry student.

Susan Kim Campbell's story "Jump" was published in the Mississippi Review's 2009 Summer Fiction Issue. Susan has been awarded fellowships to the Millay Colony for the Arts in 2009, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico in 2010. Susan is a former Online Level II student.

Liz Kingsley's poems, stories and essays have appeared New Ohio Review, The McNeese Review, The Round, the anthology Blended: Writers on the Stepfamily Experience, William and Mary Review and New Jersey Family Magazine. She was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize. Liz is a member of the Master Class and Administrative Director of The Writers Studio.

Isaac Kirkman (a Tucson Intermediate Workshop student) and Jamez's Chang’s collaborative poem "Jeremy!" appeared in Apeiron Review. His work has appeared in Shotgun Honey, Menacing Hedge, the Zelmer Pulp's Sci-fi anthology Hey, That Robot Ate My Bab, Apeiron Review, Out of the Gutter, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Abstract Quill, Red River Review, Eunoia Review, Underground Voices, Melusine, or Woman in the 21st Century, FRiGG, Big River Poetry Review, Burningword, The Weekenders, Squalorly, Referential Magazine, The 22 Magazine, Lines + Stars, Whiskey Paper, Poydras Review, Yes, Poetry, Prime Number Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Sim Review, Boston Literary Magazine,  Subliminal Interiors' and Marco Polo.  Isaac is a Tucson intermediate workshop student.

Madeline Klosterman, a former Writers Studio student, is writing a New York-based column called "American Girl" for the online magazine "The American," which is based in Rome, Italy.

 Nina H. Kotoyan's story "Is This the Promised End" appears in Thrice Fiction, issue #9. Nina is a former NYC Level I student.

Kathleen Kraft's  chapbook "Fairview Road" is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gargoyle, Stickman Review, YogaCity NYC,, Willows Wept Review,, Five Points,  Fox Cry Review, REAL: Regarding Arts and LettersGirls Write Now 2013 New Worlds Anthology, Drash: Northwest Mosaic, Anderbo, The Madison Review, Pirene's Fountain, The Prose Poem Project,  Mason's Road and Foundling Review. Her prose appears in The Satirist. Her poem "Flying After Your Death" was nominated for the Sundress Best of Net Anthology 2010. Her poem "Fairview Road" was published in Willows Wept Review and was nominated by Willows Wept for the 2012 Pushcart Prize. She was one of 50 finalists in fiction and poetry chosen for a Summer Literary Seminars fellowship (2011). Kathleen is a student in the NYC Advanced Poetry Class.

Peter Krass's poems have appeared in Atlantic Review,  New Verse News and The Commonline Journal. His poem "All Dressed in Green," published in the Summer 2010 issue of Rattle, was awarded a Special Mention in the 2012 Pushcart Prize anthology.  Peter teaches NYC Level II and Online Level II.

Evelyn Lampart's story "Visions" is forthcoming in Quotable. Her story “Fuller Brush” appears in Poetica’s January 2016 eEdition. Her story "Next Year" is forthcoming in an anthology put out by Rozlyn Press. Her stories have appeared in NOUS, POETICA, Dirty Chai and R.KV.R.Y. Evelyn is a NYC Level III student.

Jeff Lawenda's short stories "Honor Thy Father" and "Lunch with Louie" appear in Turk's Head Review. Jeff is a former student.

Iris Lee has three poems in the March 2016 issue of OccuPoetry.  Her poem "A Survey," originally published online in OccuPoetry in May 2016, has been included in the Fall 2016 issue of Marsh Hawk ReviewHer haibun "Asian Wing at the Met" appeared in the December 2014 issue of Haibun Today. Iris is a NYC Master Class student.

"The Prop," a short story by Jânice Leotti, was published in the October 2000 issue of Peregrine, a magazine in Amherst, Massachusetts, while she was a member of the Master Class.

Andrea Levinger's short story is included in an anthology called "Dear Journal, You're Freaking Me Out!" published by the Children's Media Association. Andrea is an Online Level IV student.

Margaret Lewis's short story, "Torpor," was in the top 5% of over 1,000 submissions to Glimmer Train, and was given Honorable Mention. Margaret is a tutorial student.

Anna Lindwasser's poem "Cityscape" appears in The Hopper Review in 2015. Anna is a former Level II student.

Kate Lister Campbell's story "Free Swim" appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of Baltimore Review. Kate is a NYC Level IV student.

Gillian Lynn Katz's poems have appeared in Epiphany, Let the Poets Speak and The Westchester Review. Her chapbook "Kaleidoscope" was published by Finishing Line Press in the fall of 2012. Gillian was awarded second place in the 41st Annual Greenburgh Poetry Competition. 

Andree Lockwood's story, "Anyone Crazier Than You," appeared in Epiphany's Spring/Summer 2011 issue. Andree is a former master class student.

Carli Lowe's story "What We Had in Common" placed sixth out of over 360 manuscripts in Sixfold (2015). Carli is a San Francisco intermediate student. 

Chris Lowe has had two flash fiction pieces published recently online. In March 2011, "Car Talk" appeared in Prime Number Magazine (Issue Prime Decimal 5.7); and in April 2011, "Kevin the Ant" appeared in The Molotov Cocktail (Volume 2, Issue 2). Chris is a former Online Level III student.

Laurie Ludmer's poem "An Ordinary Orderly" was published in the Summer 2009 issue of Rattle.  Laurie is a NYC Advanced Poetry student.

William Lung has twice received the Stark Short Fiction Prize awarded by the City College of New York. An excerpt of his novel-in-progress "False Idols" appears in Gaslight. William is a former NYC Level I student.

Lela Scott MacNeil's story "Playboy" appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of Gertrude. Lela is a Tucson Advanced Workshop student. 

Jem Macy's essay "Love, Italian Style" appears in the February 2016 issue of Vogue. Jem is an online level III student. 

Jennifer Makowsky's flash fiction piece "Backyard Weather" appeared in The Portland Review online in April 2014. Jennifer is a student in the Tucson Advanced Workshop.

Kimberly Malinowski's work has appeared in Element(ary) My Dear, Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine, Calliope, Three Drops from a Cauldron, War, Literature, and the Arts, The Eunoia Review, Daughter of the Son, Melancholy Hyperbole, Dirt?, Petals in the Pan, Switch the Difference, Welter, Souvenir, Minas Tirith Evening Star: The Journal of the American Tolkien Society, The Phoenix Soul, and Wildflower Muse. "After-Hell" was a semi-finalist in the Pen 2 Paper competition in 2014. Her 25-word short story won Wattpad's Writers Coming Together to Write contest. Her fan fiction piece "Tears" was given honorable mention by CrossedSabers Reviews: Feel the Force Awards. Kim is an Online Advanced Poetry student.

Andrea Vivian Malloy poems have appeared in Avocet, Blueline and Poet Lore. Vivian published these poems while taking a tutorial with The Writers Studio.

Andrea Marcusa's story "No Details of the Death Have Been Released" was named a semi-finalist in Ruminate Magazine's Willian Van Dyke Short Story Prize. Her stories have appeared in Third Coast Review's Steam Ticket, River Styx and New South Literary Journal. Her flash fiction piece "Back" will appear in the anthology ITWOW Review, sponsored by Yellow Chair Review. Her essay "Of Sugar, Butter, Flour and Chocolate" was a finalist for the Dorothy Churchill Cappon Prize for the Essay, sponsored by New Letters.  Andrea is a NYC Master Class student.

Sophie Marinez's poem "Carnival Day in Santo Domingo" appeared in a February 2015 issue of Small Axe, an academic journal specializing in Caribbean literature and culture. Sophie is an Online Level II student.

Nancy Matsunaga's story "Etchings" appeared in a 2014 issue of CALYX. Nancy directs the Writers Studio's Amsterdam program.

Deb McAlister had four poems appear in a recent issue of the online magazine flingquarterly. Three of the poems were written while a student at The Writers Studio.

Tara McDaniel's story "The H Train" was given one of Glimmer Train's "Best Start 50" awards in June 2009.  Tara is an online student.

Saying Grace, a book edited by Writers Studio teacher Sarah McElwain, was published by Chronicle Books in September 2003. Her book, To the Happy Couple, Creating a Great Wedding Toast with Style, was brought out by the same publisher in June 2006. Sally teaches tutorials for The Writers Studio.

Karen McIntyre's story "The Amazing Adventures of Hannah O'Hare" appears in the The 2015 Lascaux Prize Anthology. Her story "Shoe Shopping" appears in A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," Volume 3. Karen is an online level III student. 

Maureen McNulty's piece "Cold" appeared in the June 2013 issue of Isotropic Fiction. Maureen is an online level III student.

Eugene Melino's poems have appeared in Contemporary Ghazals, Blue Lake Review and  Burningword.  Eugene is a former student in the NYC master class.

Sue Mell's story "Serendipity" was published online in Narrative Magazine. Sue is a former Level III student in San Francisco.

Sean Miller's book, "Strung Together: The Cultural Currency of String Theory as a Scientific Imaginary" was published by the University of Michigan Press. He co-edited and wrote the introduction to Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory, published in June 2008 by Scriblerus Press. It's a collection of essays, short stories, poems, and a play that explores the cosmic and cultural resonances of string theory. Sean is a former Writers Studio student.

Marlene Molinoff's story "The Late Train" is forthcoming in Crack the Spine, which nominated the story for a Pushcart Prize. Marlene is a tutorial student. 

Leslie Morris's poem "Fieldwork IV" appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of Hayden's Ferry's Review. Her poem "Fieldwork II" is forthcoming in Border Crossing. Leslie is an online advanced poetry student.

Mary Jane Myers' short story, "Galileo's Finger" appeared in PMS Poemmemoirstory (issue 12). She was accepted to the Sewanee Writers Conference for several weeks during the summer of 2011. Mary Jane is an online level II student.)

Rachael Nevins's poem "4w6d" will appear in the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of Kindred Magazine. Her poems have also appeared in Treehouse, Literary Mama and Rattle. Rachael is an online level I teacher and master class student.

Carie Novikoff was one of 25 finalists in Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Award (January 2011) in recognition of her story, "New Year." Carie is an online level II student.

Margaret O'Brien was awarded a place on a writing mentoring scheme by the Kilkenny County Council's Arts Department in Ireland. She'll be working with poet Grace Wells. Margaret is an online student.

Kathy Owen won first place in the romance category in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference's national literary contest in July 2010. Kathy is an online student.

Jack Parker's story "Half Full" will appear in "Keeping the Edge," an anthology of urban writing. Jack is a former Tucson Advanced Workshop student.

Molly Patterson's story "Don't Let Them Catch You," originally published in the Iowa Review, is featured in the 2014 Pushcart Prize anthology. Her stories have also appeared in The Atlantic and The Arkansas Review. Her story "Moving Fronts," which appeared in Salamader, was listed as one of the 100 Notable Stories in the 2011 issue of Best American Short Stories. Molly is a former San Francisco student.

 Linda Peer's story "Remedy Radio" appeared in the Winter 2011/2012 issue of the online journal Rose and Thorn. Her story, "Bagman, in the Mirror," appeared in the online publication Used Gravitrons (issue 5) in July 2011. Linda is a Level III student.

Kai Pena-Chavez has been awarded a silver key from the regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her poem "Death." Kai is a KidsWrite student.

Mark Peterson's story "Dancers" will appear in the Winter 2015 issue of The Milo Review. Mark is the director of the San Francisco branch of The Writers Studio.  

Lisa Piazza's story "Mirage" appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of Brain, Child. Her story, "Sometimes a Fistful," appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of Switchback, the University of San Francisco's literary journal. Lisa is a former level II student.

Anne Pitkin's manuscript, "Accidental Music," was a finalist for the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Winter 2005 Alaska Quarterly Review published her poem, "On the Use of the Decorative," and the New Orleans Review features her first villanelle, "A Hot Wind Blows." Both publications started as Writers Studio exercises in her tutorial work with Abby Wender.

Whitney Porter's stories have appeared in Metazen, The Battered Suitcase and Ping Pong Literary Magazine. Whitney is a student in the NYC Master Class.

"A Walk To The River" by Richard Poveromo, will be published in the upcoming edition of Boston Literary Magazine, an Electronic publication. Richard started this story as an exercise in NYC Level II.

Laura Prah's short story, "A Short Cut," appeared in the Spring 2002 issue of Kalliope: A Journal of Women's Literature & Art.

Michelle Preston, a Writers Studio tutorial student, had a short piece entitled, "Above Town" published in the March 5, 2007 issue of The New Yorker.

Steven Radwell, a writer in the Master Class, had his story, "For Mother: Dead at 101," appear in the spring 2000 issue of Caprice, a literary journal in New York.

Misa Ragsly's story "The Clash" appeared in the winter 2012 issue of the literary e-zine The Rag. Misa is a former level I student.

Kim Reed produced and edited a film called "Paul Goodman Changed My Life," which opened at New York City's Film Forum in October 2011. Kim is a former Master Class student.

Allan Retzky's novel, "Vanished in the Dunes...A Hamptons Mystery" was published in 2012 by Oceanview Publishing. It has received positive reviews in Library Journal, Portland Book Review, and The Mystery Gazette, among other publications. Allan was an NYC student who studied, most recently, with Cynthia Weiner and Lesley Dormen.

Melissa Rivero was named a winner of the 2015 Center for Fiction's Emerging Writer Fellowship. Melissa is a former NYC Level I student.

Maire Robinson's novel "Skin Paper Stone" is forthcoming. Maire is an online level II student.

A student who writes under the pen name J.J. Roth wrote a story called "Heartworm" that is forthcoming in Nature's science fiction column. Her story "So Suffer the Heartbroken Wingless" was published by Urban Fantasy Magazine. J.J. Roth is an Online Master Class student. 

Kaira Rouda's novel, "Here, Home, Hope" was published in May 2011. Kaira is a former Online Master Class student.

Carlos Rountree  was accepted into the MFA program at Hunter College, after working on his manuscript in a NYC Level II Class.

Nicola Ruiz's story "The Storm" was named one of the top 25 pieces in Glimmer Train's Family Matters contest. 

Frazier Russell, a longtime teacher at The Writers Studio, had his book of poems, Lush, published by Four Way Books in spring 2001. His poems were chosen by Garrison Keillor to be read on NPR during the summer of 2003.

Lisa Sanchez's  story "The Medic's Girlfriend" was selected as a finalist in Narrative Magazine's Fall Short Story Contest.

Marie Sanchez's story "The Bus Ride" appeared in Keeping the Edge in April 2014. Marie is an Online Level IV student.

Our Stories, an online literary journal, published Elliot Satsky's story, "Piece of My Heart," in its Fall 2008 issue. "Piece of My Heart" also appears in the 2009 Best Of Our Stories annual print edition. "When Glaciers Melt," another story by Elliot Satsky, was published in the April 2004 edition of The Blue Moon Review. The December 2005 issue of Taj Mahal Review, International Literary Journal has anthologized the story.

Charlotte Savidge, a student in the Advanced Poetry Class, was chosen by Mark Strand as one of 50 winners for Best New Poets 2008. Her winning poem is entitled "Mattress Shopping." Her poem "The Type of Girl I Am" will be forthcoming in The New York Quarterly.

Rhema Sayers's work has appeared in Saturday Night Reader, The Literary Hatchet and The Desert LeafRhema is a Tucson Intermediate Workshop student. 

Rosalia Scalia's story "Mother's Dresser" is forthcoming in Ragazine. Her story "Hiding Boxes" is forthcoming in The Notre Dame Review. Rosalia is an Online Level III student. 

Tamar Schreibman's story "Forgive Me, Father" won first place in the 2016 American Fiction Contest and will be included in the anthology American Fiction forthcoming in October 2017 by New Rivers Press. Her story "Expecting" was a finalist in the 2016 Salamander Fiction Contest and a semi-finalist in the 2015 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Her story "Beards & Other Things I Detest" was a finalist in the Glimmer Train May 2014 Short Story Award for New Writers and again in the Glimmer Train February 2015 New Writer Award, and her story "The Petition" was a finalist in the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award in 2007. Tamar is a former NYC Master Class student.

Tamara Schuyler's story "Good Boys" received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train's Spring 2016 Very Short Fiction contest. Her stories have appeared in Crack the Spine, Mulberry Fork Review and The Milo Review. Her story "Ugly," which appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of CutBank 78, was nominated for and appears under Special Mention in Pushcart Prize anthology XXXIX. Tamara is a San Francisco Advanced Workshop student.

Sylvia Schwartz's story "Half-Windsor Knot" appeared in the 2016 Summer edition of The Vignette Review. Her fiction pieces "Colorful Child" and "Thirteen Candles," and her poem "Final Call" appeared in the April 2015 issue of The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society. Sylvia is a former Online Level IV student.

Michelle Seaton's story "The Prospects," which appeared in One Story, won a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared in The Collagist's, Lake Effect Magazine, Harvard Review, Phoebe: Gender and Cultural Critiques and Sycamore Review. Michelle is a student in the online program.

Christopher Shade won the Writers @ Work fellowship competition with his short story "Messages from a Storm," which will appear in the Fall 2016 issue of Quarterly West. He will be this year's Fiction Fellow at the Writers @ Work conference in Utah in June. His story "Astronauts" appeared in Steel Toe Review. Christopher is a NYC master class student.

Jeremy Shatan's piece "A High-Functioning Bereaved Parent" appeared in the 3/13/13  New York Times column Motherlode-Adventures in Parenting. Jeremy is a former master class student.

Dana Lise Shavin's memoir, The Body Tourist, published in October 2014, was named one of "7 Super Reads for Holiday Travel" by A chapter from her memoir, "Tell Me About Yourself," was chosen by Lime Hawk Literary Collective to appear in an anthology. A recent tutorial student, Dana's essay, "A Simple Path," appeared in Oxford American. Her essay, "A Lesson in Astronomy," was published in Puerto del Sol in the summer of 2006. A chapter called The Death of Charles Black from her memoir entitled "Good Bones: A Memoir of Sex, Death and Real Estate" received Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train's Family Matters contest. 

Tristan Silverman's poem "Thanksgiving in Connecticut" is forthcoming in Up the Staircase. Tristan is a San Francisco Workshop student. 

After taking a Level I writing workshop with Cynthia Weiner, Michaela Spampinato was accepted into the creative writing MFA program at Mexico State University, where she will work on Puerto del Sol, their literary magazine.

April Sopkin's stories and flash fiction works have appeared in Scissors and Spackle, Paper Nautilus and The Battered Suitcase. She was accepted to attend the Norman Mailer Center in Provincetown. She was also accepted for a month-long residency at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming. April is a NYC Level III student.

Teresa Shen Swingler, a Tucson student, was published in the Spring 2007 of The Del Sol Review. Teresa's story, "Taste," was a finalist in the Diagram Innovative Fiction Contest, and was published in their all fiction issue, entitled 7.3. Her story "Buying Eggs, Lending Soup" appeared in issue 10 of Kartika Review. Teresa is a student in the Tucson Advanced Workshop.

Jane Sherwin's story "A Kiss is a New Thing" is forthcoming in issue 36 of 34th Parallel. Her story "My Grandmother, Myself" appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of Valley Voices. Jane is a former online level IV student.

Dog is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World's Oldest Friendship (Crown Publishing Group, 2003) features an essay by Elena Sigman, a longtime member of The Writers Studio, entitled, "The Existence of Dog." Originally published in in Spring 2002, excerpts were read on National Public Radio in September of 2003 to launch the book.

Manuel Simoes's prose "The Atoll" appeared in Rufous City Review. Manuel is a tutorial student.

Malini Singh McDonald's poem "Catamarans" appeared in the inaugural issue of Newtown Literary. Malini is a former NYC Level I student. 

Trellan Smith's story "A Leg to Stand On" was published in the April 2013 issue of Quiddity, and nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize. This story received Notable Mention in Glimmer Train's January 2010 Very Short Fiction contest. Trellan is a former NYC Master Class student.

Martha Southgate's first novel, The Fall of Rome, was published in January 2002 by Scribner. She had previously published two books for young adults. Martha won a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in 2001, and is a former member of The Writers Studio.

Douglas Sovern's stories have appeared in Red Ochre Lit, Jet Fuel Review, Alimentum, Narrative Magazine's, EDGE Literary Journal, Hobo Pancakes, The Madison Review, The Penmen Review and Crack the Spine. His sotry “We’ll Hide When the Nazis Come” appears in Mulberry Fork Review and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His story "The Blogger Wolf," which appeared in Gemini Magazine and Green Hills Literary Lantern, was also nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. His story "Almost Every One of Us" appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of Sand Hill Review, and was nominated by that publication for a Pushcart Prize. It was also nominated for the Best of the West anthology. His story "Indira" was selected as Narrative Magazine's story of the week, and one of its top five stories of the week for 2013-2014. Douglas is a San Francisco Advanced Workshop student.

Shelley Stack's story "Breakage" appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of MacGuffin and was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Her stories have also appeared in The Dos Passos Review and Euphony Journal and Forge. Her short story, "Along for the Ride," appeared on the Short Story America website and in a hard copy Short Story America anthology in 2011. Shelley is a student in the Online Master Class.

Andrea Stella was recently accepted into the MFA program at City College. Andrea is a former NYC level I student. 

Mary Sternbach, a student in NYC level 3, will have a story she wrote in that class, "Matrioshka," published in an upcoming issue of the literary journal Paper Street.

Darley Stewart's story "The Story of Dearborn Russell" appeared in the The Ocean State Review, Vol. 5, No. 1. She also won a scholarship to attend The Ocean State Summer Writing Conference in June 2015. Darley is an Online Level II student. 

Iris Lee Stoler has two haibun published in the current online issue of 'Haibun Today: A Haibun and Tanka Prose Journal.' Her haibun "A Meeting Out of Time" appears in the December 2015 issue of Haibun Today. Her hay(na)ku "A Survey" was posted in the blog of the form's creator, Eileen Tabios, entitled Eileen Verbs Books. Her haibun "Asian Wing at the Met" appeared in the December 2014 issue of Haibun Today. Iris is a NYC master class student.

Samantha Storey's piece "A Letter to Nick UT" was published as an open letter in The Lascaux Review in 2013, which also nominated it for inclusion in the Best-of-the-Net anthology. Samantha is a former master class student.

REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 ESSENTIAL FACTS FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS by Kaira Sturdivant Rouda, an on-line Writers Studio student, was published in February 2008 by Wiley.

Shirley Sullivan's story "Three Quarters Gone" is forthcoming in The Fiddlehead's Winter 2016 issue. Shirley is a former tutorial student. 

In February 2008, Whole Terrain published "Farmhouse Zen," a creative non-fiction piece written by Mae Lee Sun, a former Tucson student.

Two poems, "On the Apollonian Clockwork," and "Morning Ritual," by Charu Suri, appeared in the Summer 2003 issue of Texas Review while Charu was a member of Abby Wender's Advanced Poetry Class.

Alison Sussman's poem "Anhedonia" was a finalist for the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry in the Bellingham Review's 2016 Literary Contest. Her recent poems have been nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize and she won the Abroad Writers’ Conference/Finishing Line Press Authors Poetry Contest. Her poem "Hockey Game" will appear in the Fall 2016 issue of The Atlanta Review. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Southword, Gargoyle, New York Times, Lullwater Review, Burningword,  damselfly press, Drash: Northwest Mosaic, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Reform Jewish Quarterly, Rattle and Willows Wept Review. Her poem "They Were Lucky to Get Out Alive" was part of a temporary art installation exhibited at The Battery's "Gardens of Rememberance" on August 4th, 2011.  Her chapbook "On the Edge" was a semi-finalist in Finishing Line Press's New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition and was published in 2013. She was a featured guest on Planet Poet, part of The Writer's Voice on WIOX 91.3 in Roxbury, NY, on February 23, 2016. Alison is a NYC Advanced Poetry student.

Sean Sutherland received Honorable Mention in The White Pine Writing Contest, sponsored by The Maine Review, which is publishing his poem "Four Deckhands" in its Spring 2015 issue. His poems have also appeared in Lime Hawk, Gravel, Blast Furnace,  Prick of the Spindle and The Meadow. Sean is a NYC Master Class student.

Robin Sweet's first publication is the first poem she wrote in Abby Wender's Advanced Poetry Class. "Summers on Pawley's Island" appeared in the Winter 2005 issue of Blind Man's Rainbow.

Benjamin Swire, a student in the Craft Class who took workshops in Levels I-III, had his story, "Walter Cronkite With Hospital Corners," published in the Fall 2003 issue of the South Carolina Review. The Winter 2003 issue of River City featured his story, "Al Capone Taught My Grandma To Swim." "Secrets Of Radioactive Glass" was published in Pangolin Papers.

Grace Talusan had an essay entitled, "A Very Long Engagement," published is the Boston Globe Magazine in April 2011. Grace is an Online Level III student.

Susan Tatiner's poems "Weight Watching" and "The Fitting Room Prom Queen" have been published by The Voices Project. Her poem "World Backwards" appears in Front Porch Review. Susan is an Online Advanced Poetry student. 

Marc Tretin had three poems accepted for publication by The New York Quarterly: "Pink Mattress," "To Her Sister" and "In Response to Dover Beach." Marc is a NYC Advanced Poetry student.

Pragya Trivedi's poem, "Who'll Cast the First Stone," has been accepted by Catamaran, a literary journal featuring South Asian writers. Vijay Seshadri, one of the poets covered in a recent craft class, is co-editor. Pragya is a student on the Online Level III class.

Roger Turnau, a former student in the Master Class, will be a teaching assistant in the creative writing MFA program at Florida State University, beginning with the 2005-2006 school year.

Anamyn Turowki's short story, "The Swans" appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of New Ohio Review and was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize. Anamyn is a student in the master class.

Wendy Tyson's book "The Seduction of Miriam Cross" was recently published by e-Lit Books. Wendy is a former level III student.

Don Valdez's story "More or Less" was featured in the Tucson Weekly Fiction's 84 contest in August 2009.  Don is a Tucson Master Class student.

Theresa Varela's novel "Covering the Sun with My Hand" was published in Spring of 2013 by Aignos Publishing. Theresa is an Online Level I student. 

Lilian Vercauteren's flash fiction piece "School Bags" is forthcoming in Fiction Southeast. Her story "Paper Boats" appeared in the September 1, 2014 issue of Lowestoft Chronicle. Lillian is a Tucson Advanced Workshop student.

Karen Waddell's blog, "Kitchen In Surgency," was one of six pieces nominated by out of 40,000 entries for Best Single Piece of Culinary Writing as part of their 3rd Annual Best Food Blog Awards for 2012. Karen is a former level II student. 

Janelle Ward's story "Through the Lens" appears in The Rumpus and her story "Sex and Violence" appears in Typehouse Literary Magazine. Her story "Anniversary Dinner" appeared in Metro Fiction on August 31, 2014. Her story "Admittance" appeared in a May 2013 issue of Litro online. Her story, "Scrub" appeared in the Portland based lit zine The Molotov Cocktail. Janelle is a student in our Amsterdam program.

Iromie Weeramantry's stories have appeared in The Hamilton Stone Review, Green Hills Literary Lantern, The Saint Ann's Review and The Alembic. Iromie is a former master class student.

"Mother" and "Of the Lamp" are two poems by Sheila Welch that appeared in the 2007 issue of Skidrow Penthouse . Sheila teaches Level I and is a poet in the Master Class.

Cynthia Weiner, Assistant Director of The Writers Studio as well as a writer in the Master Class and teacher in NYC and Online, won a 2005 Pushcart Best of the Small Presses Prize for her story, "Boyfriends," which was published earlier in Ploughshares. Her story, "Aftertaste," appeared in The Sun in Summer 2009 and was awarded Special Mention in the Pushcart 2011 anthology. She has also had stories published in The Sonora Review and Open City.

Abigail Wender's poems have appeared in The Massachusetts Review,  Fine Madness, Faultline and The Madison Review. Abigail is on the Board of Directors of The Kenyon Review.

Catherine Wolf's poems "Butterflies" and "Upon My Diagnosis" will be in the Fall/Winter 2016 issue of Rat's Ass Review. Her poem "Indecision" will be in the 2016 of Love & Ensuing Madness. "When it Was 1963" is forthcoming in Cacti Fur! in December 2016. Her poems "First Time," "Make Me Sexy," and "Touch" are forthcoming in Love and Ensuing Madness, a special issue of Rat's Ass Review. Her poem "Dancing with My Eyes" is forthcoming in Front Porch Review. Her poem "Lou Gehrig's Army" is forthcoming in the Bellevue Literary Review. Catherine is an Online Advanced Poetry student.

"Bobby's First Epiphany," a story by Wilson Wyatt, was published in the 2007 issue of the Delmarva Review. Wilson is a writer in an online level II workshop, and the story began as an exercise for class.

Shubha Venugopal's story "Climb On" was one of ten winners of a fiction contest for the Masters Review Volume 5 anthology. Her story "Dancing With Yama" was chosen as a finalist for the AWP's WC&C Scholarship Award, and her poem "Father, Diving" was shortlisted in Fish Publishing's 2016 Poetry Competition. Shubha is a former online level IV student. 

Emily Yong's poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review,  Southampton Review, Cold Mountain Review, and Beloit Poetry Journal. Emily won the Rona Jaffe-Bread Loaf scholarship in Poetry. Emily is a former online student.

Taymiya R. Zaman's story "Thirst," which won the 3rd prize in Narrative Magazine's Spring 2012 short story contest, appeared in the 2014 Pushcart Prize anthology. Taymiya is a San Francisco workshop student.

The first two installments in Rich Zaradnik's crime series have been published by Camel Press. The first book, "Last Words," won the Bronze Medal for mystery/thriller ebook in the 2015 Independent Publisher Awards and Honorable Mention in the 2015 Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Awards. It was also a Finalist in the mystery category of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. "Drop Dead Punk," book two, came out in August. Rich is a former Level IV student.





Writers Studio students Isaac Kirkman, Sakinah Hofler and Jamez Chang joined with poets Kelly Boyker, Editor-in-Chief of Menacing Hedge; Dennis Mahagan, Poetry Editor of FRiGG Magazine; and three visual artists to create a literary work called "8" (four poems and four art pieces). It was published at Counterexample Poetics

 Two young writers in The Writers Studio's Kids Write program were recently honored. One won two Silver Awards for poetry she wrote during a KW seminar with juniors and seniors at Churchill in the spring of 2012. Another received a Gold Key, a Silver Key and an Honorable Mention for work she produced during a tutorial with a KW faculty member. This student's poem "Breathe" will compete at the national level.

 The Writers Studio KidsWrite program was just awarded a $10,000 grant from The Casement Fund to teach writing to high school students in Brooklyn.  A KidsWrite student, Shyanne Bennett, recently received Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for two of her poems and a fiction piece. Two of these pieces got Gold Key recognition, meaning that they were in the top 10% of all New York City submissions.

The Writers Studio KidsWrite Program was awarded $1,000 from the 2012 Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts fund, which is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Fall 2007 issue of Epiphany features short stories written by three Writers Studio faculty members. They are "Madame Solomon," by Odette Heideman, "The Minuteman," by Joel Hinman, and "The Watcher," by Cynthia Weiner. Lesley Dormen's story, "The Secret of Drawing," which appears in the Spring 2007 on-line edition of Epiphany, was nominated for an award recognizing the best fiction on the web.

Epiphany, a new online literary magazine, features work by three Writers Studio writers. Abby Wender's poem,"Transplant," Leslie Findlen's poem, "Stranger," and Lesley Dormen's story, "The Secret of Drawing," are all featured in the premiere issue.

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