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
Steve 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.
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.
Andy Wolfendon has ghostwritten over fifty published books in the self-help/inspiration, business, popular psychology, biography, and children’s genres. Some of these have been credited to NY Times bestselling authors and have been published by well-known houses such as BenBella Books, Random House, Impact Publishers, and HCI. He has worked on high-profile series such as Chicken Soup for the Soul and on numerous well-reviewed titles. In addition to his ghostwriting work, Andy has had children’s titles and comic books published under his own name. He is also an award-winning playwright and the writer/designer of over 25 computer/video games, many of which have won major industry awards. Andy has worked as a lyricist, actor, stand-up comic, script consultant, voice director, playwright, musician, and comedy writer. He has a Master’s degree from Emerson College and has taught the craft of writing at several Boston area colleges.