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 Tal Goldberg 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, has published in many places including 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, and is a staff writer for Mango Salute and Rewire Me. 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.
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, and the Ragdale Foundation. 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 as a stand-up comic, performing in comedy clubs all over the world, including New York, Chicago, London, Amsterdam, and Auckland. After studying physical theater at the Ecole International de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, she began to write and perform one-woman shows, traveling to international theater festivals around the world. In Los Angeles, Carolyn wrote and directed short films, worked for Slamdance and the LA Film Festival and was a red carpet host for the Independent Spirit Awards. Carolyn’s first novel, The Lost Children, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2010 and became part of the Scholastic Book Club in 2011. In 2014, it was nominated for a Massachusetts Children’s Book Award. She has an MA in Writing from USC and is currently at work on her second novel.
Lydia Conklin has received a Pushcart Prize, work-study scholarships from Bread Loaf, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, Ucross, 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 Punchline (Gold Wake Press), a National Poetry Award finalist called “nothing short of a knockout” by Boston Review editor Timothy Donnelly, and most recently Let There Be Light (Gold Wake Press). His writing has appeared in The Southern Review, Massachusetts Review, Kenyon Review Online, and The Iowa Review, among many others, and a chapbook, Elegy for the Builder’s Wife, is available from Blue Hour Press. He’s Interviews Editor of the Austinist, and he teaches English, Humanities, and Philosophy at a number of local colleges and universities. An MFA-recipient at Texas State University, he now lives in East Austin with his wife and two sons.
Bill Hammond has served the book publishing industry for forty years. Career highlights include seven years in sales management at Little, Brown; publisher of Hazeldon 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.
Nick Jarvis is a filmmaker who received his BA in Creative Writing from Metropolitan State College of Denver, then attended four years of film school at Colorado Film School, University of Colorado, where he was also a creative writing judge for the Denver School of the Performing Arts. He has sold one screenplay, and wrote and co-directed another feature, Pearman, to hit the film circuit in 2012. His short films have won awards at the Brooklyn International and Estes Park film festivals. He currently is a coverage provider and judge for the Austin Film Festival’s screenwriting competition.
Chris Mattix received his MFA in Mass Communications from North Dakota State University in 2011 and quickly moved from the coldest place he’s ever lived, to the hottest. He works as an adjunct Communications professor at Texas State University, co-hosts Writing on the Air on KOOP Radio, and is the co-founder and editor at the Austin based small press, Weekly Weird Monthly. His writing has appeared in Thuglit, Kindform, Stylus Magazine, Slagdrop, and as part of the oral storytelling series Testify.
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.
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.
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.