Founder & Lead Coach
Drawing from more than two decades’ worth of experience as a writer, editor, reporter, and creative writing instructor, I love to help students at all levels transform life experience into compelling narratives through the application of craft and insight.
I have worked as a freelance writer, critic, and essayist for many years. I edited the award-winning anthology, Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge, published by HarperPerennial, and my features, essays, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, The Jewish Daily Forward, Tablet Magazine, Time Out New York, Lilith Magazine, Brevity.com and elsewhere.
I also contributed to the anthologies A Living Lens: Photographs of Jewish Life from the Pages of the Forward (W.W. Norton) and Being: What Makes A Man (University of Nebraska Press).
In 2005, I started teaching craft workshops in memoir and the personal essay at Grub Street, Boston’s only independent writing center. My students included other professional writers, spiritual seekers, and 1990s rock stars. Read more about what previous students have said.
I’ve also taught in several academic and community settings including Lafayette College, The Skirball Cultural Center (LA), The University of the Arts (Philadelphia), and others.
A graduate of Cornell University, I most recently completed my Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2014. I am based in Santa Barbara, California, where I live with my son.