The Writer's Center Instructors
Joni B. Cole, Author and Founder of the Writer's Center of WRJ
Joni B. Cole is the author of the new release Good Naked: Reflections on How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier (“...Cole...disabuses common misconceptions of how one should think, act, and be as a writer, exchanging those myths for ideas that feed creativity and productivity. Essentially, one doesn’t have to suffer to be a genuine artist.”--Library Journal.) Joni is also the author of the acclaimed book on writing Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive (“I can’t imagine a better guide to [writing’s] rewards and perils than this fine book,” American Book Review), and Another Bad-Dog Book: Essays on Life, Love, and Neurotic Human Behavior (“Funny, smart, original, and, just to keep us on our toes, occasionally heartbreaking”—Gina Barreca, syndicated columnist). Joni teaches in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College, serves on the creative writing faculty of the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and is founder of the Writer’s Center of White River Junction, Vermont. She is also a frequent contributor to The Writer magazine, and leads expressive writing workshops for a diversity of social service programs. Joni has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and USA Fellowship Award. For more information: www.jonibcole.com
Elayne Clift is an award-winning writer and journalist whose work appears in numerous publications internationally. She is a regular columnist for the Keene Sentinel and Brattleboro Commons and a book reviewer for The New York Journal of Books. Her first novel is Hester’s Daughters, based on Nathanial Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Her latest work of creative non-fiction, ACHAN: A Year of Teaching in Thailand was published by Bangkok Books in 2007. For a complete list of books, please visit www.elayneclift.com.
Susan Cunningham is a blogger, free lance journalist, and local author of fantasy fiction, short stories, and poetry. Her professional career in the Human Resources field has spanned over 25 years. Susan holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation and is a certified analyst in Predictive Index Behavioral Theory. As part of her writing, Susan blends her technical expertise with story development to sculpt characters that pop off the page. Susan holds Associate and Bachelor Degrees in English, and her first fantasy novel, The Kingdom of Belamour, was released in 2015. For more information about Susan visit her blog at www.scunninghamnhwriter.com or her author page at www.beyondthehiddenrealm.com.
Geoffrey Douglas is the author of four widely-reviewed books, and more than a hundred magazine articles, written over thirty-plus years. A regular contributor to Yankee since 1996, he is also an adjunct professor of writing at the University of Massachusetts and has been a fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and a writer-in-residence at several schools and universities.
Nancy Kilgore lives and writes in Vermont and is a psychotherapist in Hanover. She studied fiction writing at the Radcliffe Seminars and holds a doctorate in pastoral psychology from Boston University. Nancy's novel, Sea Level, about a woman minister in a small town in 1980, was published in 2011. In her therapy practice Nancy specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. For more information see www.nancykilgore.com and www.uvmindfultherapy.com.
Kim J. Gifford holds a Master's in Creative Writing and Religion from Vermont College at Norwich University and a Bachelor’s from Middlebury College. She now works as a freelance writer. Her work appears in a number of regional publications including Upper Valley Life, Kearsarge Magazine, Rutland Magazine, and many more. She also works as a writing instructor in a variety of genres, specializing in memoir. She worked as a memoir-writing instructor at Lebanon College until its closing. Kim has studied with memoirist Abigail Thomas and is currently working on her own memoir. For more information visit www.pugsandpics.com. Contact Kim at email@example.com.
Deborah Heimann is an accomplished playwright and author of journal articles, policy documents, newsletters, and concise summaries, has more than 19 years’ experience editing creative and professional online and print publications for a variety of authors, publishers, and organizations. For 12 years, Deb guided the strategic direction of content within an international information-sharing website. Her work focused on soliciting, reading, assessing, synthesizing, writing, and editing articles about complex social and economic development issues. As a theater director in New York City in the mid- to-late '90s, Deb collaborated directly with playwrights – developing their new plays from first drafts to full stage productions. Contact Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 356-2082 and visit her website at deborahheimann.com.
Judith Hertog is a journalist and essayist with an MFA in creative nonfiction from Bennington College. Her work has appeared in The Sun, Tricycle, Tin House, Hunger Mountain, Tablet and many other publications. She is also a regular contributor for the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, and teaches creative writing at Colby Sawyer College and the Vermont Humanities Institute. Locally, she organizes the quarterly story-telling series, The Mudroom, at AVA gallery. Judith was born in Amsterdam, but immigrated to Israel as a student. After having lived in Tibet and Taiwan, she finally settled in Vermont. Place and identity are recurring themes in her writing.
Deb McKew believes "Storytelling comes in all shapes and sizes." Proof of that can be found in her book, Writing with Class, an anthology of student work that covers seven different genres and tells the stories behind the stories. Deb teaches students of all ages how to be better writers and how to have fun with the writing process. She encourages students to dig deep and allow their creative spirits to surface; generating ideas is the first step. Collaboration and feedback are critical steps all along the way. It’s a magnificent journey full of fun and adventure, and, as Karen Elizabeth Gordon writes in her grammar book, The Deluxe Transitive Vampire, “words, too, have hoofs and wings to transport us far and deep.” Currently the communications and publications director for a wildlife research institute, Deb uses her journalistic training to write the stories that scientists need to tell. She has been teaching the writing process for more than a decade. For more information, visit www.wordsinplay.net.
Peter Money has been publishing his own writing for more than twenty-five years. He has published several books in the small press movement, was a student of the late Beat writer Allen Ginsberg, and his work has been heard on Garrison Keillor's "The Writer's Almanac." He has edited several magazines and writes poetry and prose. He is on the faculty at The Center For Cartoon Studies, teaches creative writing, and has been a guest artist on panels and writing programs. His writing has appeared in journals published in Austria, Japan, England, the States, and in a recent anthology by City Lights books. Peter has directed Harbor Mountain Press since 2006. Peter's degrees are from Oberlin College, Brooklyn College (MFA), and San Jose State University (MLS). Learn more about Peter.