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Our instructors aren’t just great teachers—they’re editors and award-winning writers, too, whose work has appeared in a broad range of both literary and commercial outlets, from NPR to Best American Essays.
You’ll benefit from their real-world experience and their genuine desire to help you craft your next nonfiction story. See our stellar lineup below.
Jonathan Callard writes and lives in Pittsburgh. His nonfiction has appeared in Gulf Coast, Image, Arts & Letters, and Gulf Stream, and he has received fellowships from Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.View Courses
Joelle Fraser’s first memoir, The Territory of Men (Random House 2002) received praise from the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today and others. Her second memoir, The Forest House: a Journey into the Landscape of Love, Loss and Starting Over (Counterpoint 2013), was called “A poignant study of gratitude for the simple life” by Kirkus Reviews.View Courses
Kase Johnstun (MA, MFA) lives and writes in Ogden, Utah. He is the author of Beyond the Grip Craniosynostosis (McFarland & Co), which has been featured in Pennsylvania Parenting Magazine, Portland Family Magazine, The Ogden Standard Examiner, and many other places, as well as having mentions in the Chicago Tribune and the Seattle Times.View Courses
Jessica Kehinde Ngo’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Entropy, Artillery, Hippocampus Books, and the Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. She studied creative nonfiction at the University of Southern California’s Master of Professional Writing program.View Courses
Marty Levine’s journalism and creative nonfiction have appeared in Time, Salon and throughout Pennsylvania and the U.S. He was the news editor of two alt-weeklies across a dozen years, and has won more than three dozen awards for his long-form journalism, spot reporting and columns from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and elsewhere.View Courses
Nancy McCabe is the author of four memoirs, most recently From Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood. Her novel, Following Disasters, was published in 2016. Her work has received a Pushcart Prize and has made six appearances on notable lists of Houghton-Mifflin Best American anthologies.View Courses
Meghan O’Gieblyn is the author of the essay collection Interior States (Anchor, 2018), which won the 2018 Believer Book Award for nonfiction. Her essays and memoir have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, n+1, The Believer, The New York Times, The Guardian, Ploughares, Tin House, and elsewhere, and have been collected in the Pushcart Prize anthologies and The Best American Essays 2017.View Courses
Melissa Petro is a freelance writer and writing instructor living in New York City. She has written for Marie Claire, NY Magazine, Pacific Standard Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Esquire, Salon, Daily Beast, The Guardian, Al Jazeera America, Jezebel, Narratively, New Inquiry, The Establishment, Rumpus and many other places.View Courses
James Polchin is a Clinical Professor at New York University where he teaches in areas of creative nonfiction, LGBTQ history, and crime narratives. His writing has appeared in Slate, TIME, Huffington Post UK, Crime Reads, Paris Review, Rolling Stone, NewNextNow, The New Inquiry, Lambda Literary, The Smart Set, Brevity, and the Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide. HisView Courses
Michael Reid Busk is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Literature and Creative Writing PhD, where he was a Feuchtwanger Fellow and Town and Gown Scholar. He has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, and his nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Iowa Review, Gettysburg Review, Fourth Genre, Prairie Schooner, and Michigan Quarterly Review.View Courses