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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 Duhr, ownerWriteByNight 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.

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    David Duhr, co-founderWriteByNight co-founder David Duhr is copy editor and fiction editor at the Texas Observer and contributes to the Dallas Morning News, Publishing Perspectives and others.

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    Consultants and Coaches

    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 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 daydreaming in Russia, she holds an MFA in creative writing from University of Tampa.

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    Tom Andes, consultant and coach

    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.

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    Bridget Apfeld, consultant and coachBridget 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.

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    Katherine Catmull, consultant and coachKatherine Catmull’s most recent book, the young adult fantasy The Radiant Road (Dutton Young Readers/Penguin, 2016), came out to starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. Her first novel, Summer and Bird (Dutton, 2012), 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.

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    Jessamine Chan, consultant and coachJessamine 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.

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    Caro Clark, consultant and coachCaro Clark received her MFA from the University of New Hampshire, where she taught first-year composition and rhetoric and undergraduate fiction. She also holds an MSW from Tulane University and is a practicing clinician. Her writing has appeared in Saveur, GQ, and No Tokens, and won Glimmer Train’s new fiction contest. She has received scholarships and fellowships from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Disquiet International, and the MacDowell Colony, among others. She is currently working on a collection of essays.

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    Adriana Cloud holds an M.A. in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College in Boston, and she has over a decade of experience in book publishing, working for companies like Harvard University Press and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her writing has appeared in The Rumpus, McSweeney’s, The Nervous BreakdownAtticus Review, and others. Her chapbook, Instructions for Building a Wind Chime, was published by the Poetry Society of America in 2016.

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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, 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 Let There Be Light (Gold Wake Press, 2014), called “a continual surprise and a revelation” by Naomi Shihab Nye, and Punchline (Gold Wake Press, 2012), 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.

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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, which hit the film circuit in 2012. His short films have won awards at the Brooklyn International and Estes Park film festivals. He judges for Austin WebFest and reads for the Austin Film Festival, for which he currently writes coverage.

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    Robert McDowell, a two-year Woolrich Fellow at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, served as co-founder, publisher and editor of Story Line Press. For twenty-two years at SLP, he selected, edited and guided into print 300 anthologies and individual volumes of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir, guides for writers and drama by new authors, authors in mid-career and well-established authors. SLP authors included five Pulitzer Prize winners, six U.S. Poet Laureates and a Nobel Laureate. For ten years he co-edited, with Mark Jarman, The Reaper, a literary magazine. Robert is also the author, co-author, translator and editor of four E-books and fifteen print books of his own from publishers such as Free Press/Simon & Schuster, New Directions, Penguin Eastern Classics, Henry Holt & Company, University of Pittsburgh Press and others. He has taught writing in all genres at the low-residential Bennington graduate MFA program, which he co-designed with the late Liam Rector, the University of Southern Indiana and UC Santa Cruz. His non-fiction, fiction and poetry have appeared in dozens of magazines here and abroad including The Hudson Review, London Magazine, The New Criterion, Poetry, NER/BLQ, The American Scholar and many others. For the last ten years, Robert has worked as a freelance coach, editor and ghostwriter for beginning and established writers.

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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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    Brad Tyer, consultant and coachBrad 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.

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    Jeanine Walker holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston, where she was awarded the Donald Barthelme Fellowship for both fiction and poetry. Her poetry and reviews have appeared in Cimarron Review, Cream City Review, Gulf Coast, Hobart, Narrative, PageBoy, and elsewhere. She leads creative writing workshops through Everett Community College, the Richard Hugo House, and Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools program, was the April 2018 poet-in-residence for Seattle Review of Books, and writes for the stage for the comedy show Mixed Bag.

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