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The Writer's Center Staff

 

Margaret Meleney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Meleney 
Executive Director

Margaret is a senior executive with extensive experience in strategic planning, operations, investment, budgeting, annual auditing, and financial analysis. She has managed six entities with operating budgets of over $15 million and, since 1996, has been the Chief Financial Officer of Club Managers Association of America, where she has implemented cost-savings and reallocation strategies to improve overall financial health of the organization. She has also volunteered on a number of nonprofit committees.

         
     

Laura Spencer

Director of Programs

Laura is responsible for the development and production of over 300 workshops annually, and is copy editor of the tri-annual publication The Writer's Guide. She has worked at the Center for over seven years, starting as a Night Receptionist and moving on to Office Manager and Program Manager.  Laura is the co-founder of Big Lucks, a literary journal that strives to help bridge the gaps between writers in the literary community. A Massachusetts native, Laura graduated from Chester College of New England where she earned a B.A. in creative writing. Contact her at laura.spencer@writer.org with programming inquiries or about teaching at The Writer's Center.

         
Amy L. Freeman      

Amy Freeman

Development Director

An attorney by training, Amy left the law to pursue a career in the nonprofit world. She's worked with both international and local organizations, helping them share their stories and build strong local constituencies. She comes to TWC following nearly five years as Development Director of Bethesda Cares, a local nonprofit working to end homelessness. When not at TWC, Amy's a freelance writer, with essays in major publications and a manuscript nearing completion. You can reach Amy at amy.freeman@writer.org with questions or comments about ways you can support TWC.

         
Zach Powers      

Zach Powers

Communications Manager

Zach is a native of Savannah, Georgia, and lives and writes in Arlington, Virginia. His novel, First Cosmic Velocity, is coming in Summer 2019 from Putnam/Penguin, and his debut story collection, Gravity Changes, won the BOA Short Fiction Prize and was published in 2017. He has previous experience in digital media, video production, branding, design, and nonprofit administration. He worked in television for a decade, winning four regional Emmy awards as a producer, writer, and editor. He managed digital communications for Telfair Museums, the oldest public art museum in the South. He has also volunteered for numerous nonprofits, serving on the Board of Directors for the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home and co-founding the literary arts organization Seersucker Live, Inc. Contact him at zach.powers@writer.org for advertising and marketing inquires.

         
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Grace Mott

Office Manager

Grace moved to Washington D.C. from Germany where she spent two years writing and volunteering. She earned her B.A. in International Relations and French at the College of Charleston and is passionate about languages, poetry, and Russian literature. She is a member of the Pi Delta Phi National French Honors Society and an aspiring writer and poet. Contact her at grace.mott@writer.org if you have questions regarding workshop registration, rentals, or general inquires.

         
     

Laureen Schipsi
Managing Editor, Poet Lore

Laureen has been in art and education publishing for 25 years. She served as director of publishing at the Menil Collection, Houston, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. At both museums she produced award-winning publications, including exhibition catalogs, museum histories, and a membership magazine. Her project management experience includes text and photo editing, writing, art directing, production management, marketing, grant writing, scheduling and budgeting. She has also taught English at the high school and community college levels. She earned her bachelor’s degree in literature at the University of California at Santa Barbara and her master’s degree in writing (poetry) at the Johns Hopkins University. Contact her at laureen.schipsi@writer.org with questions regarding Poet Lore.

         
     

David Sobalvarro

Front Desk Team

David is a recent graduate of New York University, where he majored in English and American literature with a concentration in creative writing. Born and raised in Rockville, David took his first creative writing classes at the Writer's Center before studying it at NYU, where he was the recipient of an award for students working on intensive long-term creative writing projects. In addition to writing, David was the prose editor for the Minetta Review, the oldest literary journal on campus, and worked at the Tamiment Library, a special collections library featuring materials related to labor rights, the left, and social justice. He works the front desk on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, from 5:00-10:00 P.M.

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