Instructors

sarahSarah Lovett’s publishing credits include 7 novels with major houses—Random House, Simon and Schuster, Penguin Books—as well as more than 30 nonfiction books with regional and national publishers. She has worked on high-profile projects, including collaborating as co-author with Valerie Plame on the “Vanessa Pierson” espionage series, inspired by the experiences of famously outed CIA covert operative, Valerie Plame. The novels are currently under negotiation for feature film development.Over the course of writing professionally for three decades, Sarah studied with nationally renowned writers and screenwriters, playwrights, editors, and other story experts. She has coached, taught and mentored hundreds of writers. As a result, she has developed a method of working with writers designed to ease the process and encourage the flow of writing a novel, play, and/or memoir. Click here for upcoming Writing Workshops


Amy Ferris is a writer, editor, author, screenwriter and playwright. As a memoirist, her passion comes down to three words: Write Your Truth. Amy has written for both television 999927_10202868299650725_1771741034_n (2)and film. Both of her screenplays were produced: Funny Valentines (Director, Julie Dash – Daughters of the Dust), and Mr. Wonderful (Anthony Minghella – The English Patient, Cold Mountain, Truly Madly, Deeply). Her memoir, Marrying George Clooney, Confessions From A Midlife Crisis (Seal Press) was adapted into an Off-Broadway play (2012) and ran for one month at CAP21 Theater. Amy contributes to numerous anthologies, and her essays have appeared in many publications. Her deepest passion is that all women awaken to their greatness.


 

LINDALinda Schreyer has taught writing classes to writers and non-writers for the past 20 years.  Her classes are known to be a safe space for inspiration and creativity. She is a produced television/screen writer and novelist (“Tears and Tequila.”) She has written over 1,000 hours of series television and held staff writing positions on General Hospital, Port Charles, Sunset Beach (for which she received a Writers Guild Award nomination) and The Bold and the Beautiful; co-wrote television movies A Place at the Table (for which she received a Christopher Award and an Ollie Award) and A House of Secrets and Lies ; wrote the original screenplay, Ohmigod! for Touchstone Productions. She was sent to Moscow by Sony Pictures Television to teach Russian writers to write for serial television. In 2014 her first novel was published to rave reviews. It is now in development as a television series. You can find her at lindaschreyer.com.


Beverly DonofrioBeverly Donofrio, recently dubbed a master memoirist by the Daily Beast, has published three memoirs: the New York Times bestseller, Riding in Cars with Boys, which was made into a popular movie; Looking for Mary, a Barnes and Noble Discover pick; and Astonished, called “astonishing,” by more than one reviewer. Her three children’s books are much praised, the latest, Where’s Mommy, was chosen by the New York Times as a Best Children’s Book of 2014; her NPR documentaries are perennially rebroadcast; and her personal essays have appeared in The New York TimesWashington PostLos Angeles TimesO, The Oprah Magazine, Marie Clair, More, Allure, Spirituality and Health, The Village Voice, Huffington Post, and Slate, as well as numerous anthologies. She is an instructor at Wilkes University’s Low Residency MFA program and currently lives in Woodstock, NY, where she is working on a collection of essays and also a play, with music.


Gae PolisnerGae Polisner is a divorce lawyer/mediator by trade, but a writer by calling.  She is the author of THE SUMMER OF LETTING GO (“Resonates with real feeling. . .” – The New York Times Book Review) and THE PULL OF GRAVITY (a Bank Street Best of 2012). Gae writes both women’s and young adult fiction, and her first novel, THE JETTY, was a Top Semifinalist in the first ever Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Her novels have garnered several awards and critical acclaim, and, more importantly, her books are taught and shared in classrooms throughout the country.

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