Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Claire Friedman is a literary agent at Inkwell Management, where she represents fiction, nonfiction, young adult, and children’s books. She previously worked at Don Congdon Associates. She holds a BA from Columbia University.




Sharon Pelletier is a vice president and senior agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret, where she represents upmarket adult fiction, from book club and women’s fiction to elevated suspense and romance, and select narrative nonfiction. She previously worked on the editorial side at small presses and Barnes & Noble.

Dani Segelbaum is a literary agent at Arc Literary, where she represents fiction and nonfiction. Previously she worked at Carol Mann agency, HarperCollins, and New Leaf Literary & Media. She holds a BA from Boston University.

J. L. Stermer is the owner and CEO of Next Level Lit. She's previously worked as a literary agent representing both fiction and nonfiction at New Leaf Literary & Media, UTA, and the Donald Maass Literary Agency. She holds a BA from Columbia University.