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Young Women's Writing Workshop

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Peter Sapira

Academic Director, Young Women's Writing Workshop Peter Sapira

Peter Sapira received his bachelor of arts in English from San Francisco State University and his master of fine arts in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has had short stories published in Anarchy, Inkwell, Meshuggah, The Black River Review, The Literary Review and Pleiades. The Literary Group International currently represents his first novel, Billy Hill. He has taught composition, literature and creative writing classes at colleges throughout the Pioneer Valley; he currently teaches at Smith College. He is also an avid tennis player, drummer and dog walker.

Luke Bloomfield

Luke Bloomfield

Luke Bloomfield is a poet, and he teaches at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He holds a master's from the UMass Program for Poets and Writers. He is the author of the poetry collection Russian Novels, the chapbook The Duffel Bag, and his work has been published in print journals and around the Internet. Originall from Massachusetts, he has lived in Paris, New York, Oregon and Beijing.

Rachel B. Glaser

Rachel B. Glaser

Rachel B. Glaser is the author of the innovative story collection Pee On Water (Publishing Genius Press, 2010) and the poetry collection MOODS (Factory Hollow Press, 2013). Her stories have appeared in McSweeney's, American Short Fiction, and others. She studied painting at Rhode Island School of Design and received her master's in fiction from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has taught composition and literature at Elms College and currently teaches fiction at Flying Object in Hadley, Massachusetts.

Sam Harper

Sam Harper

Sam Harper has been a screenwriter for 30 years, working for various entertainment companies in film, TV and animation. His film credits include Rookie of the Year, Cheaper By the Dozen, Just Married and Rio. He has also done uncredited work on Night At the Museum, The Little Rascals, Ice Age and This Means War, among many other films. He taught screenwriting in UCLA's continuing education program, and guest lectured at the USC Film School. He is currently producing Don't Worry Baby, an independent feature film to be released in 2015.

Jennifer Jacobson

Jennifer Jacobson

Malawi-born educator Jennifer Jacobson is a storyteller and creative writer. She is the founder of an award-winning program that unites language arts and social action. In 2008, she received a fellowship from the Creative Minds Initiative through the Massachusetts Cultural Council for her innovative work with young people. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in magazines and online journals. This year her short stories received honorable mention from the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival and Glimmer Train magazine. Jennifer lives in Northampton and has master's in creative writing from Lesley University. She teaches creative writing, performance techniques and approaches for storytelling across the curriculum.

Maureen Buchanan Jones

Maureen Buchanan Jones is the executive director of Amherst Writers & Artists and leads writing workshops in Northampton, Massachusetts, through her business, Writing Full Tilt. She has led workshops with women who have experienced domestic violence. Her poetry has appeared in Woman in Natural Resources, 13th Moon, Peregrine, North Dakota Quarterly, Letters from Daughters to Fathers, Writer Advice, Equinox, Calyx and Chrysalis. Her prose has appeared in Orion and on WFCR–NPR. Her book of poems, blessed are the menial chores, is available on her website: www.writingfulltilt.com. Jones' novel, Maud & Addie,is with Writer's House of New York. Jones holds a doctorate in English literature from the University of Massachusetts, and she has been teaching literature as well as technical and creative writing for 24 years.

Terra McVoy

Terra McVoy

Terra Elan McVoy has held a variety of jobs centered around reading and writing, from managing an independent children's bookstore, to teaching writing classes and even answering fan mail for Captain Underpants. She received her master's in creative writing from Florida State University in 2002. McVoy lives and works in the Atlanta neighborhood that provides the setting for her young adult novels After the Kiss, Being Friends with Boys and Pure. She is also the author of The Summer of Firsts and Lasts, Criminal and In Deep. Her debut middle-grade novel, Drive Me Crazy, was released in April 2015. To learn more about McVoy and her work, visit TerraElan.com and follow her on Twitter at @TerraMcVoy.

John Maradik

John Maradik received his master's from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Fourteen Hills and Unstuck, and he is the co-author of the collaborative chapbook Peer Confessions. He has taught undergraduate fiction writing at UMass.

Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell

Having a master's in poetry from Goddard College, Ben Mitchell has published more than 50 poems in literary magazines all over the United States and Canada. His first book of poems, Only The Sound Itself, was published by the Codhill Press in 2010, and they will publish his second book, Measuring The Shadows. In 2012, Mitchell was one of four poets invited to read his work at the very first poetry reading of Parabola magazine. His essays and stories appear regularly in regional journals, and his memoir, You Can't Smoke A Diploma, published in 2011, is available as an ebook. Mitchell teaches writing in southern Vermont, where he lives with his wife, Kathy; his children, Nicholas and Lucy; a cat; a dog; and a hamster named Coco.

Phil O'Donoghue

Phil O'Donoghue

Phil O'Donoghue is an assistant professor of theater and English at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), where he teaches playwrighting, acting and theater literature. In addition to directing at STCC, he has also directed at the Williston-Northampton Summer Theatre Program. He holds a master's in playwrighting from Smith College, where he studied under Len Berkman, the Anne Hesseltine Hoyt Professor of Theatre at Smith College. Phil has had plays produced in New York, Los Angeles and Boston, and is an original member of the Northampton 24-Hour Theatre Project.

Emily Pettit

Emily Pettit

Emily Pettit is an editor for Factory Hollow Press and notnostrums, and for three years has been the publisher of the exciting literary print journal jubilat. Pettit has taught writing courses at the University of Iowa, the University of Massachusetts and Elms College. She currently teaches poetry at Flying Object in Hadley, Massachusetts. Pettit's first collection of poems, Goat in the Snow, came out in early 2012 with Birds LLC. Her poems have been featured in the Academy of American Poets/Poem a Day Series, Fence, Open Letters, Verse Daily, and the Huffington Post.

Boomer Pinches

Boomer Pinches

Boomer Pinches is a lecturer at Smith College and at Western New England University. His fiction and poetry have appeared in The Sun, Tin House, The Massachusetts Review, matchbook.com, notnostrums, The Austin Review, and Best New American Voices 2010. He received his master's from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010 and has been the recipient of a Yaddo Fellowship.

Morgan Sheehan

Morgan Sheehan

Morgan Sheehan is a playwright and fiction writer. Her plays have been produced in New York, London, California and lovely Iowa. She has a bachelor's degree from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and a master's in playwriting and theater arts from the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop. She has taught playwriting, fiction, acting and theatrical analysis. She currently teaches English at Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts, and works on all things dragon at her home in Hatfield, Massachusetts.

Marlee Stempleman

Marlee Stempleman

Marlee Stempleman lives in Kansas City, Missouri. For the last seven years she has taught high school English and sponsors the Raytown High School Louder Than a Bomb poetry group. She is the editor of If Ever the World: A Collection of Student Poetry (Red Hen Press, 2010). She has presented at the National Conference for Teachers of English and was invited to speak at the International James Joyce Symposium. She received a master's from Emporia State University in Kansas, and a master's from DePaul University in Chicago.