Who’s behind WriteByNight? Meet our staff of talented coaches and consultants. These professional writers, editors and teachers are available to help you with your writing, either in person or remotely via phone or Skype.
WriteByNight owner Justine Duhr is an award-winning writer and editor of both fiction and nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Anomalous Press, Whiskey Island, Fringe Magazine, The Review Review, and other publications. She holds an MFA in creative writing and has provided writing instruction at Vassar College and Emerson College.
WriteByNight co-founder David Duhr is books editor and fiction editor at the Texas Observer and contributes regularly to the Dallas Morning News, Publishing Perspectives, the Observer and other publications.
Consultants and Coaches
Resa Alboher is one of the founding editors of the international literary journal, St. Petersburg Review; has been a lecturer at the legendary Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia and at the American Center of the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow; has published in many places including Roads & Kingdoms, Cosmonauts Avenue, Blackheart Magazine, Maintenant 5, Have a NYC 2, The Breath of Parted Lips: Voices from the Frost Place, Volume 2, Radar Productions, El Portal, Scapegoat Review, DMQ Review and The Edison Review; is a staff writer for Mango Salute and Rewire Me; and blogs for Sundance TV. A Los Angeles native who has spent the last two decades living, working, traveling, writing and day-dreaming in Russia, she holds an MFA in creative writing from University of Tampa.
Tom Andes was born and raised in Southern New Hampshire, and has lived on both coasts and in New Orleans. His fiction has appeared in Witness, News from the Republic of Letters, Best American Mystery Stories 2012, and elsewhere. His essays, reviews, and interviews with writers and musicians have appeared in periodicals including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Bookslut, and The Rumpus. He wrote the fiction chapbook Life Before the Storm and Other Stories (Cannibal Books, 2010) and he currently has a story collection in manuscript making the round of contests and small presses. He has been a resident at Ragdale and the Vermont Studio Center, and he has taught creative writing privately, as well as at San Francisco State University, the Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing at Loyola University New Orleans, and the ADVANCE Camp for Young Scholars.
Bridget Apfeld, a native of Wisconsin, received her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she taught writing survey courses and fiction workshops, and specialized in fiction writing; she holds a Bachelor’s degree in English with an honors concentration in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame. She has received awards from the Hollins University Literary Festival, the Gary Fincke Creative Writing Prize, and the Indiana Collegiate Press Association. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared and are forthcoming in a variety of journals including Dislocate, So to Speak, Prick of the Spindle, Verse Wisconsin, Better: Culture & Lit, Poor Yorick, Able Muse, The Fem, Dappled Things, and Midwestern Gothic. She has been a reader for the national literary magazine Ecotone, and works in addition to her creative writing as a copywriter. She is currently working on her second novel.
Katherine Catmull’s most recent book, the young adult fantasy The Radiant Road (Dutton Young Readers/Penguin), came out in January 2016 to starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. Her first novel, Summer and Bird, was named one of Booklist’s 2012 Top Ten First Novels for Youth and was a Texas Library Association Spirit of Texas Reading pick for 2014-2015. She is also one of four co-authors of The Cabinet of Curiosities (Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 2014), a collection of horror stories for tweens and teens. She has taught numerous writing classes and workshops for the Writers’ League of Texas, Armadillocon, and The Writing Barn, and appeared on panels about writing at SXSW, the Texas Book Festival, Comicpalooza, and many more. Catmull is also an actor, playwright, and freelance arts writer. Her website is katherinecatmull.com.
Jessamine Chan’s fiction has appeared in Tin House and Epoch. She has received fellowships and scholarships from Columbia University, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Jentel, the Wurlitzer Foundation, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, the Anderson Center, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She holds an MFA in Writing from Columbia University, where she taught undergraduate academic writing seminars and a fiction workshop, and a BA in English & American Literature, with Honors in Creative Writing, from Brown University. From 2011-2014, she served as a nonfiction reviews editor at Publishers Weekly. She is currently working on a novel.
Carolyn Cohagan began her writing career on the stage. She has performed stand-up and one-woman shows at festivals around the world from Adelaide to Edinburgh. Her first novel, The Lost Children, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2010, became part of the Scholastic Book Club in 2011, and was nominated for a Massachusetts Children’s Book Award in 2014. In 2013, Carolyn traveled to Rwanda as an Arts Envoy for the U.S. State Department, teaching critical analysis, creative writing and screenwriting. She recently moved back to her hometown of Austin, where she founded Girls With Pens, a creative writing organization dedicated to fostering the individual voices and offbeat imaginations of girls ages 9-17. Her new novel, Time Zero, will be released in May of 2016.
Lydia Conklin has received a Pushcart Prize, work-study scholarships from Bread Loaf, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, the James Merrill House, the Vermont Studio Center, Millay, Jentel, the Astraea Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, Brush Creek, the Santa Fe Art Institute, Caldera, the Sitka Center, and Harvard University, among others. Her fiction has appeared in The Southern Review, Narrative Magazine, New Letters, The New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. She has drawn graphic fiction for Gulf Coast, Salt Hill, and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. She holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Nick Courtright is the author of Let There Be Light, called “a continual surprise and a revelation” by Naomi Shihab Nye, and Punchline, a National Poetry Series finalist. He is co-editor and lead book designer for Gold Wake Press, and the founder and editor of Atmosphere Press. His poetry has appeared in many literary journals, including The Southern Review, Kenyon Review Online, Boston Review, and The Iowa Review, among numerous others, and essays and other prose of his have been published by such places as The Huffington Post, The Best American Poetry, Gothamist, and SPIN Magazine.
Marie Curran holds an MFA from Northern Michigan University, where she studied fiction, taught writing, and worked in grassroots journalism and editing. Her short stories have appeared in Mud Season Review and Rind, and she has written reviews and other literary journalism for Collagist and Mutha. Marie lives in Durham, North Carolina, where she is working on a novel and caring for her young daughter.
Cecily Sailer holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston and has taught creative writing workshops through Writers in the Schools Houston, Badgerdog, The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, VetsArts Cooperative, and Inprint. Cecily is programs manager for the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation. Her work has appeared in The Texas Observer, The Dallas Morning News, The Austin American-Statesman, Texas Monthly, The Austin Chronicle, and Austin Fit Magazine.
Brad Tyer is a veteran journalist and editor. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, he’s reviewed fiction and nonfiction for the Houston Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, the New York Times Book Review, and the Village Voice Literary Supplement, among many other publications. He’s served two stints as managing editor of the Texas Observer (where he oversaw literary coverage), and one as editor in chief of the weekly Missoula (Montana) Independent. He’s been awarded a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan, a Fund for Investigative Journalism grant, and a Fishtrap writing residency. His nonfiction book Opportunity, Montana: Big Copper, Bad Water, and the Burial of an American Landscape (Beacon Press 2013), earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was named an honor book in the Montana Book Awards. After long tenures in Texas and Montana, he recently moved to Danville, Kentucky, where his partner teaches creative writing at Centre College.
Bill Hammond has served the book publishing industry for forty years. Career highlights include seven years in sales management at Little, Brown; publisher of Hazelden Publishing & Education; publisher of IDC (International Diabetes Center) Publishing; and principal of 2Bills Literary Agency. In 2001 Bill began researching and writing the award-winning Cutler Family Chronicles, a six-book series of nautical/historical fiction titles that profile the early years of our republic and the creation of the U.S. Navy. In 2014 Bill published The Ultimate Gift, a book that profiles his spiritual journey since the passing of his wife in 2011. He holds a B.A. in English and History from UNC at Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. degree from Babson College.
Mentored by Academy Award-winning writer Stewart Stern (author of Rebel Without A Cause), Sam Severn served as writing consultant and editor for the Amazon #1 best-sellers Tears For My City: The Autobiography of a Detroit White Boy and The Revved Life. He also served as consultant for Robert Beatty’s New York Times #1 best-selling children’s novel, Serafina and the Twisted Staff, published by Disney Hyperion. Sam’s ghostwritten screenplay was a past winner of Best Adaptation at the Hollywood Book Festival, and a runner-up at the Circus Road Script Competition. He is currently working on the autobiography of American Paralympic wheelchair racer Anjali Farber-Pratt, and writing an epic children’s fantasy novel, Cosmic Ray.
Andrew Tilin is a journalist, writer, and editor whose work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Wired, GQ, and Rolling Stone, and he’s a contributing editor for Outside magazine. His most recent book, The Doper Next Door: My Strange and Scandalous Year on Performance Enhancing Drugs (Counterpoint), is now out in paperback.
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