Faculty

       
Rachael Beaty Rachael Beaty has a B.A. from UCLA in English Literature and currently works as a freelance writer and writing tutor both online and in Los Angeles. She loves the written word and has been writing for most of her life. Rachael is excited to share Anne Lamott's wonderful book with women who are interested in learning more about writing or who want to refresh their writing skills.

Currently teaching: Reading and Writing from Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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Sheila Bender Sheila Bender is the founder and publisher of Writing it Real, a web community dedicated to helping those who write from personal experience. Her newest books include Writing Personal Essays: Sharing and Shaping Personal Experience, Writing in a Convertible, Sorrow's Words: Writing Exercises to Heal Grief, Creative Writing DeMystified, the memoir A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief and the poetry collection Behind Us the Way Grows Wider. She teaches on line and in-person at venues across the West.

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Currently teaching: Digging Deep for New Writing Starts

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Elizabeth Brennan Elizabeth Brennan lives in Sonoma County, CA. Her prose poems have appeared in a variety of journals including The Prose Poem: An International Journal, Key Satch(el), Lift, Paragraph, Haikupix Review and ZYZZYVA. She is author of the chapbook Sewing Her Hand to the Face of the Fleeting (Quale Press). Her work is also included in the microfiction anthology Exposure, published in the UK by Cinnamon Press, October 2010, and Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems, edited by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Accents Publishing, 2011, as well as in the 2015 anthology Digging Our Poetic Roots: Poems from Sonoma County, edited by Sonoma County poet laureate Kathleen Hastings. Visit her blogs: Not a Through Road & Number the Pages.

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Currently teaching: The Language of Color Part 1

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Teresa Cutler-Broyles Teresa Cutler-Broyles spends her time writing novels, travel essays, academic chapters, and creative non-fiction. When she isn't writing she teaches at the University of New Mexico, USA, at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy, and online at Southern New Hampshire University and Story Circle Network.

Her passions include story-telling and myth, travel, the history of printing, historical research & preservation, ancient architecture, teratology, gardens, circuses, Italy, and writing about all of the above. Visit her websites (TLC Travels & TLC Writing Coach) and her blog.

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Currently teaching: Writing Your Hero's Journey

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Lynn Goodwin Lynn Goodwin owns Writer Advice. She's written You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers (Tate Publishing) and Talent (Eternal Press). She was short-listed for a Literary Lightbox Award and won a Bronze Medal in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards for Talent.

Goodwin's work has appeared in Voices of Caregivers; Hip Mama; Small Press Review; Dramatics Magazine; The Sun; Inspire Me Today; Caregiver Village; Good Housekeeping.com, Purple Clover.com and elsewhere. She is a reviewer and teacher at Story Circle Network, and she is a manuscript coach here at Writer Advice. She is finalizing a memoir about getting married for the first time at 62, but she always has time to write guest blog posts and answer questions. Visit her website and her blog.

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Currently teaching: Independent Study Program, Session 1 & Independent Study Program, Session 2.

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Melissa Grunow Melissa Grunow is the author of Realizing River City (Tumbleweed Books, 2016) which won Second Place-Nonfiction in the 2016 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards. A regular contributing writer to Literary Arts Review and book reviewer for Coal Hill Review, her work has also appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, New Plains Review, Blue Lyra Review, Temenos, and Yemassee, among many others. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was listed in the Best American Essays 2016 as a notable essay. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction with distinction from National University. Visit her website.

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Currently teaching: Writing Toward Discovery: Turning Experiences into Narrative.

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Len Leatherwood Len Leatherwood, Program Coordinator for SCN's Online Classes program, has been teaching writing privately to students in Beverly Hills for the past 17 years. She has received a state and national teacher award for the past 7 years from the Scholastic Artists and Writers Awards, the oldest and most prestigious writing contest for youth in the U.S. She is a daily blogger at 20 Minutes a Day, as well as a published writer of 'flash' fiction/memoir with pieces appearing in flashquake, longstoryshort, All Things Girl, SCN's True Words Anthology, Provo Canyon Review, as well as A Cup of Comfort Cookbook, currently available on Amazon. She was a nominee for a Pushcart Prize, the best of the small presses, in 2015.

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Currently teaching: An Experiment: Committing to Writing 20 Minutes a Day for 1 Month

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Naomi Sandweiss Naomi Sandweiss' research and writing have taken her from Taos, New Mexico, to Venice, Italy and many places in between. Her publications include Jewish Albuquerque: 1860-1960, in which she used more than 200 historic images to illustrate the city's fascinating Jewish history. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous publications; she teaches University-level writing and communication courses and is currently working on a novel set in 17th c. Venice. Naomi enjoys exploring nature and the outdoors in her home state of New Mexico. Visit her website.

Currently teaching: The Nature of Your Life

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