Allison K Williams

Allison K Williams has edited and coached writers to publishing deals with Penguin Random House, Knopf, Mantle, Spencer Hill, and St. Martin’s, as well as independent and literary presses. She’s guided essayists and memoirists to publications at the New Yorker, Time, the Guardian, the New York Times, McSweeney’s, Refinery29, Hippocampus, Belladonna, and TED Talks. As social media editor for Brevity, she inspires thousands of writers with weekly blogs on craft and the writing life. As a memoirist, essayist, and travel journalist, Allison has written about craft, culture, and comedy for National Public Radio, CBC, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Creative Nonfiction, McSweeney’s, Kenyon Review Online, Travelers’ Tales, and Flash Nonfiction Funny. Allison holds an MFA in creative writing from Western Michigan University and spent twenty years as a circus aerialist and acrobat before writing and editing full-time. She leads the Rebirth Your Book writing retreats series. Her book, Seven Drafts: Self-Edit Like a Pro from Blank Page to Book, was published by Woodhall Press in September 2021.