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Novel Writing Faculty
Susan Breen is the author of the novel The Fiction Class (Plume and Headline Review UK). She has published short fiction in American Literary Review, Chattahoochee Review, Nebraska Quarterly, North Dakota Quarterly, and anderbo. She holds a BA from the University of Rochester and an MFA from Columbia University. Also Teaches:  Fiction Writing   Take Away  
Carole Bugge is the author of the novels The Star of India, (re-released by Titan Press), The Haunting of Torre Abbey (St. Martin's Press), as well as Who Killed Blanche Dubois?, Who Killed Dorian Gray?, Who Killed Mona Lisa? (all with Berkely Prime Crime for the Claire Rawlings mystery series), and, under the pen name C.E. Lawrence, Silent Screams, Silent VictimSilent Kills, and Silent Slaughter (a thriller series from Kensington Publishing). Her short fiction has appeared in anthologies from St. Martin’s Press, Doubleday, and the Mystery Writers of America. Her plays and musicals have been presented regionally and in New York City. She has taught at NYU, Duke University, the Royal Court Repertory Theatre, and the American Comedy Institute. Carole holds a BA from Duke University. 
  Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101   Fiction Writing   Mystery Writing  
Catherine Chung is the author of the novel Forgotten Country (Riverhead), and her fiction has been published inGranta, Guernica, Quarterly West, The Journal, and the anthologySisters. She has taught at Cornell and the University of Leipzig. She holds a BS from the University of Chicago and an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell. 
James Conrad is the author of the novel Making Love to the Minor Poets of Chicago (St. Martin’s Press). He has published fiction and nonfiction in Tin House, The Advocate, Out, Metrosource Magazine, James White Review, Outweek Magazine, Allegheny Review, Fruit XXX, Inside Chicago, and Helicon. He has taught at the Woodstock Wool Company. He holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MFA in Fiction and Poetry from Columbia University.  Also Teaches:  Fiction Writing  
Jeanine Cummins is the author of the memoir A Rip in Heaven (NAL) and the novel The Outside Boy (NAL). She has worked in the sales department of Penguin, and served as a guest lecturer at the University of Maryland. She holds a BA from Towson University.
Alison Espach is the author of the novel The Adults (Scribner). She has published fiction and nonfiction in McSweeny’s, Del Sol Review, and Fiction Writer’s Review, and she has served as editor for Arch Literary Journal and The Alembic. She has taught at Washington University in St. Louis. She holds a BA from Providence College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis.
Shari Goldhagen is the author of the novel Family and Other Accidents (Random House). She has published fiction in Indiana Review, Prism International, Beacon Street Review, and Wascana Review, and she has published articles in theNational Enquirer, Complete Woman, teenStyle, Ohioana, and Restaurants and Institutions. She has taught at Ohio State University. She holds a BSJ from Northwestern University and an MFA in Fiction from Ohio State University. Also Teaches:  Fiction Writing  
Tha´s Miller is the author of the novel Our Machinery and the short story collection The Subconscious Mutiny and Other Stories (both Brown Paper Publishing). Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Nautilus, Bleak House Review, AmLit, and the anthology  Lethal Rejection(Carolina Academic Press). She holds a BA from American University and an MA in Creative Writing for Social Activism from NYU.  Also Teaches:  Fiction Writing   Write-In  
Jane Ratcliffe is the author of the novel, The Free Fall (Henry Holt), and co-author of the nonfiction books One Can Make a Difference (Adams Media) and Totally Vegetarian (De Capo). She has written fiction and nonfiction for Guernica, New England Review, Tricycle, The Sun, Vogue, Interview, VH1, the Detroit News, and is included in the anthology Lost and Found: Stories From New York. She has taught at the New School, Rutgers,and Washtenaw Community College. She holds a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia University.
Lisa Reardon is the author of the novels The Mercy Killers (Counterpoint Press), Blameless (Random House), and Billy Dead (Viking), which was named one of 20 Top First Novels by Booklist. She has also written numerous plays which have been produced throughout the country. She has taught at the Circle Repertory School, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Division of Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Playwriting from Yale. Also Teaches:  Fiction Writing  
Lev AC Rosen is the author of the novel All Men of Genius (Tor). He has published short fiction in Esopus and written for Tor.com. He has taught at the Oberlin Experimental College. He holds a BA from Oberlin and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence. 
Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Evening Hour (Bloomsbury), and has published short stories and essays in numerous journals, including  DoubleTake, CRATE, and Bayou. He has taught at Pennsylvania State University and UNC at Chapel Hill. He holds a BA from Ohio University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Penn State and an MA in Folklore from UNC at Chapel Hill.
Also Teaches:  Fiction Writing  
Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Skinny and Who By Fire (both Harper Perennial). Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalSlate, Salon, O The Oprah Magazine, CNN Living, Paris ReviewGQEsquireGlimmer Train Stories, and Southern Review, among other publications, as well as in a number of anthologies, including Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader (W.W. Norton) and True Tales of Lust and Love (Counterpoint/Soft Skull). She received a Steinbeck Fellowship from San Jose State University and is a six-time Moth StorySLAM winner.  She holds a BA from the University of Colorado and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana.
Alexander Steele is the president at Gotham Writers' Workshop. He is the editor of Writing Fiction, Fiction Gallery, and Writing Movies (all Bloomsbury USA). He is the author of numerous children's books, including titles in the Wishbone series (Lyrick Publishing) and the Hardy Boys series (Pocket Books). His plays include One Glorious Afternoon, Lightning and Frenzy, and King of Ragtime, and he scripted the documentary World War II: It Happened in Color. He holds a BA from Vanderbilt University. Also Teaches:  Article Writing   Business Writing   Character Development   Screenwriting   TV Writing  
Katherine Taylor is the author of the novel Rules For Saying Goodbye (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux). Her short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Southwest Review, Prairie Schooner, and Shenandoah. She holds a BA from USC and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.
Anya Ulinich is the author of the novel Petropolis (Penguin). She has published short stories in PEN America and Zoetrope All-Story, and articles in the New York Times and Newsweek. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in Visual Arts from UC Davis.
David Yoo is the author of the YA novels Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before (Hyperion) and Girls for Breakfast (Delacorte), the middle grade novel The Detention Club (Balzer + Bray), and the essay collection The Choke Artist (Grand Central). He has published fiction and nonfiction in Massachusetts Review, Rush Hour, Maryland Review, and the anthology Guys Write for Guys Read (Viking). He has taught at Pine Manor College and CU-Boulder. He holds a BA from Skidmore College and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Also Teaches:  Fiction Writing   Humor Writing  

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