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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.


Management Team

Justine Tal Goldberg, ownerWriteByNight 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.

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David Duhr, co-founderWriteByNight 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 others.

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Consultants and Coaches

Steve Adams, consultant and coachSteve Adams has published short stories in Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, Chicago Review, Quarterly West, and Georgetown Review. His memoir/creative nonfiction has been published in Willow Springs and The Pinch. He’s won Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers and The Bronx Writer’s Center “Chapter One” Contest. His fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and anthologized, and his plays and musicals have been produced in New York City and across the country. He’s judged writing competitions and grant applications, been a guest artist at The University of Texas, and guest lectured at NYU.

Steve studied creative nonfiction as a scholar at the Norman Mailer Writer’s Colony and creative coaching with Dr. Eric Maisel. He received his BA in Theater from The University of Texas and his MFA in Creative Writing from The New School in New York City. His work has been used as a teaching text at major universities as well as in the public high schools.

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Resa Alboher, consultant and coachResa 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 ProductionsEl 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.

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Kirstin Chen, consultant and coach

Kirstin Chen is a former Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing, and the author of Soy Sauce for Beginners (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). She has won scholarships to the Sewanee and Napa Valley writers conferences, and her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Zyzzyva, Hobart, Pank, and others. She holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from Emerson College, where she taught writing for four years. Born and raised in Singapore, she currently resides in San Francisco.

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Carolyn Cohagan, consultant and coachCarolyn 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.

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Lydia Conklin, consultant and coachLydia 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 ReviewNarrative MagazineNew LettersThe New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. She has drawn graphic fiction for Gulf CoastSalt Hill, and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. She holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Nick Courtright, consultant and coachNick 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.

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Anisse Gross, consultant and coachAnisse Gross is an award-winning writer and editor. She received both her MA and MFA in fiction from San Francisco State University, where she was honored with the Graduate Award for Distinguished Achievement. She is working on a novel, Body Cavity, which received the Clark Gross Novel Award, and a book of nonfiction. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Believer, Lucky Peach, The Rumpus, BuzzFeed, KQED and elsewhere.

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Kenneth Hanner, consultant and coach

Kenneth Hanner is national editor for Newsmax, a news website based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Previously, he was national editor for The Washington Times, where he worked for 26 years, and managing editor of Human Events, based in Washington, D.C.

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Nick Jarvis, consultant and coachNick 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.

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Daniel Kalder, consultant and coachDaniel Kalder is the author of two books, Lost Cosmonaut (Scribner) and Strange Telescopes (Overlook). He is also a freelance journalist who contributes regularly to the Guardian and numerous other publications while also writing a weekly column for RIA- Novosti, the Russian State News Agency. Besides English, his writing has been published in German, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and Polish. Originally from Scotland, he lived in Moscow, Russia for ten years before moving to Austin in 2006.

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Chris Mattix, consultant and coachChris 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.


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Tatiana Ryckman, consultant and coachTatiana Ryckman is the author of the chapbook story collection, Twenty-Something, managing editor of the Austin Review, and assistant editor at sunnyoutside press. She was a writer in residence at Yaddo, and leads creative writing workshops through The University of Texas at Austin and Badgerdog. Tatiana’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, Everyday Genius, Boiler Journal, Keyhole Press, Carried Pigeon, and others.

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Cecily Sailer, consultant and coachCecily 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.

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Giuseppe Taurino, consultant and coachGiuseppe Taurino earned his MFA from the University of Houston where he currently serves as Assistant Director of the Creative Writing Program. Giuseppe has also worked as a writer-in-residence with Writers in the Schools (WITS) Houston, taught undergraduate and postgraduate English and Creative Writing, and served as Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. He’s been awarded a Donald Barthelme Fellowship in Fiction and scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. His stories have appeared in Epoch, New South, The Potomac Review, Word Riot and elsewhere. Giuseppe is also a Contributing Editor for American Short Fiction.

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Andrew Tilin, consultant and coachAndrew 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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Emily Gray Tedrowe, consultant and coachEmily Gray Tedrowe is the author of the forthcoming novel Blue Stars (St. Martin’s Press) and Commuters: A Novel (Harper Perennial), which was named an IndieBound Next Notable Book, an Entertainment Weekly “best book of the summer,” and a Target Breakout book.  Her short stories, one of which received an Illinois Arts Council award, have appeared in the Chicago Tribune‘s Printers Row JournalFifty-Two Stories, Crab Orchard Review, and Other Voices, among other journals.  Emily has studied creativity coaching with Eric Maisel, and has taught writing at all levels, from high school to graduate students.  She has a particular interest in coaching writers who are parents and/or have busy day jobs, and specializes in how to fit writing into life’s constant demands.  Originally from New York, Emily now lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters.

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