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For writers who have a work-in-progress—whether a short story, a group of poems, a novel, a personal essay, or a memoir—and would like feedback on higher order concerns such as theme, style, structure, and voice. Line-editing may also be included.

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For writers who are stuck or overwhelmed, who would like to find joy and inspiration in their writing practice, or who want thorough guidance and feedback on their writing with the opportunity to establish an ongoing working relationship with a professional writer.

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For writers who would like coaching and consultation during the MFA selection and application process. Instructors will offer feedback on the application packet as well as on any personal statements or accompanying critical essays.

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Editing

  • Jennifer Lewis
    Jennifer Lewis

    Jennifer Lewis

    Jennifer Lewis is the editor of Red Light Lit. Her short story, “The New Low,” was the winner of The Bindle Award, forthcoming this fall in the Nomadic Press Journal. In June 2017, she was the first runner-up for the Los Angeles Review Creative Non-Fiction Award for her short story, “Holy Communion.” Her fiction has been published in Cosmonaut’s AvenueEleven ElevenFourteen Hills Press, and Midnight Breakfast. She received her MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University in May 2015 and was the recipient of the Leo Litwak award for creative non-fiction in 2012 and for fiction in 2015.

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  • Erin Rodoni
    Erin Rodoni

    Erin Rodoni

    Erin Rodoni is the author of two poetry collections: Body, in Good Light (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2017) and A Landscape for Loss (NFSPS Press, 2017), winner of the Stevens Award sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Her poems, stories, and reviews have been published in such places as Best New Poets, Poetry Northwest, World Literature Today, and Sixfold, among others. She has been the recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Award, a Ninth Letter Literary Award, and the 2017 Montreal International Poetry Prize. When not writing, she enjoys travel and spending time outdoors with her daughters.

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  • Allison Landa
    Allison Landa

    Allison Landa

    Allison Landa is a Berkeley-based writer of fiction and memoir whose work has been featured in The Guardian US, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post, among other venues. Landa holds an MFA in creative writing from St. Mary’s College of California and runs the On the Cusp reading series in San Francisco. She is represented by Miriam Altshuler of DeFiore & Co.

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  • Kevin Dublin
    Kevin Dublin

    Kevin Dublin

    Kevin Dublin is author of the chapbook How to Fall in Love in San Diego (Finishing Line Press, 2017) and editor of Etched Press. He enjoys making video adaptations of poetry and working with emerging artists and writers. His words have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in North Carolina Literary Review, Rogue Agent, and Poetry International. He holds an MFA from San Diego State and has taught in community as well as youth programs and colleges, including Duke University and Litquake’s Elder Writing Project. Follow him on Twitter @PartEverything.

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  • Nayomi Munaweera
    Nayomi Munaweera

    Nayomi Munaweera

    Nayomi Munaweera’s debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, was long-listed for the Man Asia Literary Prize, short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and won the Commonwealth Prize for Asia. Her second critically acclaimed novel, What Lies Between Us, won the Sri Lankan National Book Award. Munaweera is widely anthologized in collections such as Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian-American Women on Obedience and Rebellion, Oakland Noir, Many Roads Through Paradise, and All the Women in My Family Sing. She teaches at the Ashland University low-residency MFA Program.

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  • Tongo Eisen-Martin
    Tongo Eisen-Martin

    Tongo Eisen-Martin

    Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker, educator, and poet who has organized around issues of human rights and self-determination for oppressed people throughout the United States. His curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people titled “We Charge Genocide Again,” has been used as a teaching and organizing tool throughout the country. His poems have been published in Harper’s Magazine and the New York Times Magazine. His book someone’s dead already was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book of poems Heaven Is All Goodbyes was published in the City Lights Pocket Poets Series, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won the California Book Award and the American Book Award.

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  • David Jacobson
    David Jacobson

    David Jacobson

    David Jacobson started writing for newspapers at age 15 in 1979. While earning his journalism degree from the University of Minnesota, he served as sports editor and general columnist at Minnesota Daily. Throughout the ‘90s, David wrote and edited trade journals, and at the turn of the millennium he turned his focus to marketing communications content, including blogs, op-ed articles, press releases, and first-person point-of-view pieces. From 2005-2017, David produced thousands of such items as the marketing and communications lead for the non-profit Positive Coaching Alliance and now does so as sole proprietor of Inkflow Communications.

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  • Anne Raeff
    Anne Raeff

    Anne Raeff

    Anne Raeff‘s second novel, Winter Kept Us Warm, was published in February 2018 by Counterpoint Press. Her short story collection, The Jungle Around Us, won the 2015 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and her stories and essays have appeared in New England Review, ZYZZYVA, and Guernica among other places. Because her parents were both refugees from the Holocaust and war and because of her penchant for travel, her work is often set far away, both in time and space, from the New Jersey suburbs where she grew up. She is proud to be a high school teacher and works primarily with recent immigrants.

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  • Phil Beauman
    Phil Beauman

    Phil Beauman

    Phil Beauman began his Hollywood career getting hired over the phone to write for In Living Color. According to Phil: “I didn’t have an agent, I didn’t have any Hollywood connections, I just kept mailing in sketches because I loved the show.” After writing on In Living Color with the Wayans family, Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, etc… Phil was asked by the Wayans family to co-write the hit film, Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood. And later, the first Scary Movie. He was also supervising producer on The Wayans Brothers and co-creator and co-executive producer of Nickelodeon’s number one live action show, Cousin Skeeter. He has sold scripts to every studio in Hollywood including Disney, Paramount, DreamWorks, Fox, and Warner Bros. He has been a guest lecturer on screenwriting at U.C.L.A. and U.S.C. Film Schools, the world-renowned Hollywood Screenwriting Expo, and the Final Draft Script Writer’s Showcase.

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  • Daniel Ari
    Daniel Ari

    Daniel Ari

    Daniel Ari delights in writing, performing and teaching poetry. His book One Way to Ask (Norfolk Press, 2016) comprises original poems in a new form called queron, illustrated in collaboration with 67 artists including Roz Chast, R. Crumb, Wayne White and Bill Griffith. Poet laureate of Richmond, California, Daniel created and produced the 2017 Richmond Anthology of Poetry, the city’s first, representing 62 diverse voices from his adopted hometown. Daniel’s poems have been published in Poet’s Market, Writer’s Digest, McSweeney’s, Defenestration, carte blanche, Thema, and many others, and he has published essays on the craft of poetry in Poet’s Market every year since 2015. He supports his poetic life through his career as a marketing copywriter where he has written haiku for Google. For pay.

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Received MFA guidance from Cary Groner

Received Coaching from Alison Luterman

Received Mentoring from Karen Bjorneby

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